PUBLIC AFFAIRS COURSE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (PACIS)

Purpose

This course is intended for international military and civilian personnel selected by their governments to perform public affairs functions. Students will be from the defense ministries of nations operating within the Security Assistance Training Field Activity (SATFA) framework. The curriculum is broadly based on existing PAQC training tasks but will require a less rigorous English comprehension level. Rather than emphasize a US-centric approach to military public affairs, this course will compare and contrast US, NATO and UN approaches and emphasize basic public affairs knowledge and skills that can be adapted to the requirements of the individual nations.

Description

This course provides basic public affairs knowledge and skills to military and civilian personnel from partner nations. Through lectures, demonstrations, performance exercises, case studies, assigned readings, field trips and guest speakers, students will acquire a foundation in the latest public affairs concepts, tools and strategies that will be transferrable to each nation’s military public affairs efforts. Emphasis is placed on designing and teaching the curriculum in a culture-neutral manner.

Enrollment

Interested personnel from the defense ministries of partner countries should use their ministry channels to obtain information from the Military Liaison Office at the US Embassy in their country. Information can also be obtained by calling the school’s International Military Office at (301) 677-2020. This course is NOT open to United States Department of Defense military or civilian personnel.

Target Population

This course is limited to international military and civilian students from the defense ministries of nations operating within the SCETP framework. Validation of student authentication is through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS). Requests for waiver of prerequisites must be in writing routed through the Security Assistance Training Field Activity (SATFA) and approved by the DINFOS Commandant prior to student’s acceptance into training. This course is NOT open to United States Department of Defense military or civilian personnel.