Senior Course on Crisis Management and Comprehensive Security (CMCS)

Please note the Senior Course on Crisis Management and Civil Emergency Planning (CMCEP) has been reworked and updated in order to put increased emphasis on the new security challenges. In connection with these developments to the course, the course is now called Crisis Management and Comprehensive Security (CMCS).

Course Objectives and Content

The course objectives of the Senior Course on Comprehensive Security and Crisis Management (CSCM) are:

  • To deepen the knowledge and understanding of the current concepts of comprehensive security applied in preparing and responding to crisis situations as well as to encourage reflection and critical analysis of these concepts.
  • To comprehend the main principles of strategic leadership, sense making, decision making and meaning making as well as how they are an integral part of comprehensive security and crisis management.
  • To strengthen the participants’ personal strategic decision making capabilities.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to explain and discuss the following:

  • The current and emerging global security environment and the need for comprehensive security.
  • Comprehensive security and crisis management.
  • Strategic leadership, sense making, decision making, and meaning making.

Course Methodology

The course is highly interactive and all course participants are expected to reflect, analyze, and apply their own knowledge and experiences as well as identify best practices throughout the course. During the latter part of the course, there will be a scenario-based learning module where the participants will have the opportunity to apply and test their new knowledge and skills.

Who can apply?

The course is part of the Swedish contribution to NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme and is primarily open for applicants from PfP and NATO countries. If the number of participants from these countries is not filled, applicants from other countries may be considered.

Applicants should have personal knowledge and experience of comprehensive security and strategic leadership and work for a government agency, regional or international organization, military or law enforcement agency, or private actor engaged in societal security issues.

Proficiency in spoken and written English is a requirement. The course is highly interactive and all course participants are expected to reflect, analyze, and apply their own experiences and knowledge as well as identify best practices throughout the course. 

Selection process

Our aim is to select candidates who represent different organizations, countries and competencies. In addition, we strive for a gender balance. In cases where we receive several applicants from the same organization/country, we will assess the following criteria to a greater degree:

  1. Professional experience in the field of defence and security policy
  2. Direct contact with NATO and Partnership for Peace
  3. Academic background
  4. International experience/assignments
  5. English language skills
  6. Military rank and service
  7. Additional academic merits, including publications

Submit your online application here or by clicking on the green button "Register".


Basic level


No credits

Start week

Week 13

End week

Week 13

Rate of study

one week

Place of study






Course fee

Course is free of charge for those who are accepted to participate, but course participants are responsible for covering all other associated costs including travel and accommodations.

Study pace



Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership



Published 2019-01-21 Updated 2020-03-05