Strategic Decision Making for Crisis Response Operations Course  - (NATO APPROVED; NATO ETOC Code: ETE-CM-41879)

Strategic Decision Making for Crisis Response Operations Course - (NATO APPROVED; NATO ETOC Code: ETE-CM-41879)

Strategic Decision Making for Crisis Response Operations Course  - (NATO APPROVED; NATO ETOC Code: ETE-CM-41879)Date: (23-11-2020)
City: Sofia
Location: CMDR COE
Duration: 5 days
Classification: NATO UNCLASSIFIED (Releasable to Partners)
Depth of knowledge: Level 400

The CMDR COE resident, NATO APPROVED Strategic Decision Making for Crisis Response Operations (SDMCRO) Course will take place on 23 - 27 November 2020.



To provide participants with extensive knowledge on NATO Crisis Response on the politico-strategic level within a framework of a Comprehensive Approach to security.


Training Audience:

Military officers (OF-3 and higher) and/or civil equivalent assigned to NATO HQs and agencies; NATO Ally and Partner nations′ Ministry of Defence and subordinated HQs; Ministry of Interior, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dealing with crisis management at a politico-strategic level.


Learning Objectives:

- Support the development of strategic assessment within the context of NATO′s contribution to a Comprehensive Approach (CA);

- Assess key issues, factors, and actors influencing crisis management;

- Identify cooperation opportunities with relevant international stakeholders within the engagement space with the aim of supporting strategic assessment within NATO Crisis Response Planning;

- Assist in SACEUR′s strategic military advice development by performing drafting of strategic assessment, while applying the Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive (COPD).



NATO Crisis Management Fundamentals



The course consists of interactive lectures, practical tasks on a scenario-based case-study, and individual and syndicate work presentations. The study method used is premised on the principles of adult learning so as to allow trainees to be actively internalising and processing new knowledge. Formative and summative assessment will be made on in-class activities and will be monitored by dedicated mentors.



The command of English language should be at a professional level, according to the criteria stated in STANAG 6001- 3-2-3-2 or B2+/C1 in CEFRL



Participants are expected to attend all course activities as the intense programme does not allow for absences during the course. Late arrivals or early departures cannot be accepted. Certificate for successful completion shall not be awarded in case absences are recorded.



Mandatory online registration should be completed as soon as possible, but no later than 23 October 2020. The required minimum for course conduct is 10 participants, and the maximum – 30.



Participants are expected to have a valid full medical and other insurance coverage for their stay in Bulgaria.


Course Fee:

The course fee is € 200, excluding speakers, and participants from the CMDR COE Sponsoring nations – the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Poland.

All incurring costs, such as travel, accommodation and meals, are to be borne by participants.



Cancellation of participation is only possible with a 3-week notice prior to the start date of the course. The entire course fee is due past the afore-mentioned period.


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- Course Director: 

Col. Dimitar Dimitrov,, phone: +359 2 92 24703


CIV Siyana MIRCHEVA,, phone: +359 2 92 24734 

CIV Iliyana IVANOVA;; phone: + 359 2 92 24 733 

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