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NATO StratCom Practitioners Course

Conducted by HIED


The aim of this course is to prepare StratCom Practitoners for the challenges and opportunities of working in the NATO StratCom Environment.


Duration: 2 Weeks
Course Structure: Resident (2)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Restricted
Disciplin: STC - Strategic Communication
Depth of Knowledge: 3 - Apply
ePrime No.: N/A
ETOC Code: N/A

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
XX-153-B-18 27 Aug 18 - 07 Sep 18 0

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Learning Objectives

EXPLAIN NATO STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS: Given a set of references, the student is able to explain the StratCom concept, the purpose of StratCom, the supporting communications capabilities, and information staff function in NATO operations.

ANALYSE THE INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT: Given a scenario, the student will conduct an analysis of the Information Environment (IE) by reviewing supplied documentation and assessments, identifying the historical, cultural, linguistic and other relevant subjects and topics, determining audiences, identifying adversarial and potentially adversarial narratives, and identifying key IE factors IAW the NATO StratCom Handbook.

OPERATIONALISE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS NARRATIVE AND FRAMEWORK: Given a StratCom Narrative and Framework, the student will be able to contribute to the NID, SPD, OPLAN, CONOPS, and other staff work through the development of StratCom products in order to support the military application of Pol/Mil guidance and exploit the IE analysis IAW the NATO StratCom Handbook.

ASSESS THE IMPACT OF STRATCOM: Given supporting materials ,the student will conduct an assessment of the Impact of STRATCOM activities on the Information Environment and recommend actions that supports the planning, execution, and advice to the Commander by evaluating the impact of StratCom on selected audiences, identifying StratCom Opportunities and weaknesses, and maintaining situational awareness of the IE IAW the processes and procedures outlined in the NATO StratCom Handbook.

PROVIDE STRATCOM ADVICE: Given a scenario, the student will be able to fuse available information, analysis and assessments in order to provide advice (written and oral) to senior levels on the impact of different courses of action in support of the Commander’s objectives as an integral part of the overall effort IAW the NATO StratCom Handbook.

EVALUATE STRATCOM FUNCTIONS INTERNALLY: Given a scenario, the students will evaluate the functioning of the StratCom process within an HQ element in order to make recommendations to maintain or improve effectiveness as appropriate.

LEAD STRATCOM ACTIVITIES: Given a scenario the student will be able to lead StratCom within a HQ environment by integrating StratCom into the overall effort; coordinating and synchronising communication capabilities and the information staff function; developing supporting policy, guidance and process; and providing advice and recommendations (written & oral) to the Commander and Staff.

Course Participants

The target population for this course is NCOs, Officers, and Civilians designated for NATO StratCom and Information Activity positions.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-7 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-5


This two week (10 day) course is comprised of interactive lectures, case studies, practical exercises and moderated question and answer sessions. Syndicate exercises will be used to reinforce learning objectives and facilitate student collaboration.

Pre-Readings and Briefings

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