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NATO StratCom Practitioners Course

Conducted by HIED


The aim of this course is to prepare StratCom Practitioners for the challenges and opportunities of conducting StratCom in the NATO environment.


Duration: 2 Weeks
Course Structure: Resident (2)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Restricted
Discipline: STC - Strategic Communication
Depth of Knowledge: 3 - Advance
ePrime No.: N/A
ETOC Code: STC-ST-34421

Admin note

Please note that this course is pending removal from the NSO Curriculum and is replaced by the NATO Comms & IA Planners (XX-173) Course-see Course Announcements page

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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 AND MAINTAIN SITUATIONAL AWARENESS OF THE INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT: Given a scenario, the student is able to 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, identifying key IE factors, and maintaining situational awareness of the IE IAW the NATO StratCom Handbook.

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

PROVIDE STRATCOM ADVICE: Given a scenario, the student is 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 student is able to evaluate the StratCom process within a HQ in order to make recommendations to maintain or improve effectiveness as appropriate.

LEAD STRATCOM ACTIVITIES: Given a scenario the student is 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 Civilian equivalents 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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