COMMANDER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE

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Course Goal

The purpose of this course is to provide tactical commanders with additional cognitive tools to improve their abilities to make sound decisions during dynamic operations and to help them build more efficient work models for their individual programs.   

Course Description

This course is designed for the tactical commander or the second line supervisors wishing to have additional tools to improve their leadership attributes.  Honest and open dialogue using operational debriefs and after action reviews will be used to reinforce our overall objective, to provoke thinking and continued evolution of tactics and operations.  The theoretical part of the course helps a commander understand how knowledge is both critical and unique.  It equips the leader to design more efficient work models and to serve towards more intellectual problem solving.  This course is academic in nature; this means a lot of time is spent in the classroom engaging in open and honest dialogue about the topics at hand.  The course contains proven processes from a variety of sources, from both the law enforcement and DoD special operations communities.

 

This is a 3-Day Course which includes the following specific topics:

 

MOD 1:  Leadership Principles and Development

  • Pillars and Principles of Good Leaders

  • Developing and Mentoring Subordinate Leaders

  • Decision Making Processes

  • Establishing and Enforcing Sound Unit Standards

 

MOD 2:  Planning and Operational Concepts

  • Tactical Theory - Analysis and Open Discussion

  • Framing the Problem - COA Development and Validations

  • Intelligence Support of Tactical Operations

  • Risk Management vs. Risk Mitigation

 

MOD 3:  Command, Control and Communications (C3)

  • Fundamentals and Importance of sound C3 Operations

  • Conducting Joint Operations and Recognizing Friction Points

  • Integrating Air Operations in Support of Ground Operations

  • Tactical Operations Center (TOC) Duties and Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and apply effective leadership attributes at the unit level

  • Understand the differences of and how to balance “managing” programs with leading your personnel

  • Understand how knowing tactical theory relates knowledge to action; effective problem solving within the organization

  • Comprehend the importance of tactical intelligence ISO tactical operations

  • Assess the effectiveness of your tactical organization in a critical yet constructive manner through the application of proven processes

  • Apply the fundamentals of effective C3 and understand the importance of utilizing force multipliers ISO tactical operations

 

Learning Approach

The course of instruction is designed for instructor and student collaboration.  There are lessons and modules which are the foundation that will be discussed in depth as a group.  In these courses, the instructor does not take on the role of the all-knowing subject matter expert (SME) imparting knowledge to the end users.  The instructor’s role is to establish an environment geared towards higher learning and to share relevant knowledge and experiences and to guide or provoke thoughtful discussions.  It is not the role of the student to sit passively and simply absorb information, it is the student’s role to seek out new knowledge and share relevant knowledge and experiences with the other students.  The primary learning objectives taught and discussed in the classroom will be reinforced even further in dynamic and realistic training scenarios.

 

Pre-Requisites

Active Law Enforcement Tactical Commander or Tactical Second Line Supervisor with your department/agency.

Credentials will be verified.

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