Lecture photo in the Breydel Auditorium
CSDP Capability Planning and Development Course,20-24 June 2022, Brussels
Together with EU Military Staff, the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) had the honour of co-organising a course on CSDP Capability Planning and Development. The course was held in Brussels from 20 to 24 June 2022 and was a rounding success, with participants playing an active role and contributing to some excellent outcomes. The aim of the course was to enhance a common understanding of EU civilian and military capability planning and development processes, as well as the role of EU Member States and EU institutions and agencies in this context. The course focused on the EU’s current needs and capability trends from doctrinal and institutional angles, highlighting the efforts to develop the EU’s strategic autonomy through the Strategic Compass and the Civilian CSDP Compact. The course used a learner-centred perspective and trained participants on the methodology and working methods driving the CSDP capability planning and development processes aligned with the Headline Goal Process (HLGP) and Civilian CSDP Compact. On the first day of the course, participants were exposed to the Headline Goal Process and Capability development, planning and perspectives. The second day of the course focused on EU capability stakeholders, structures and synergies, capability taxonomy and respective illustrative scenarios. On the third day, participants were briefed on the Revision of Requirements, the required steps to move from CONOPS to Capabilities and began syndicate work on the Revision of Requirements and the preparation of Effects and Actions lists. Their findings were presented on the fourth day and syndicate work continued with the derivation of capabilities. The course concluded with insights into Capability and Defence Planning and Capability Development, as well as plenary discussions on syndicate findings. We would like to thank all the keynote speakers for their excellent contributions and input, and for the very high quality of their speeches and lectures. The content of the presentations and the extremely relevant topics triggered thought-provoking and rewarding discussions between the participants and the experts. We would also like to thank all 29 participants for their confidence in the ESDC, and we will do our utmost to continue providing high-quality training.