Senior Leaders' Course

The Senior Leaders’ Course (SLC) provides an opportunity for military leaders (General/Flag Officer level) and their civilian equivalents from governmental institutions of the Baltic States, their allies and partners to further develop networking and performance at the highest executive responsibilities in national and international assignments.


The Senior Leaders' Course (SLC) facilitates the participants’ understanding of contemporary regional issues while allowing them to enhance and sustain a comprehensive network among allies and partners. Participants from NATO eFP nations are the priority in attending the course.

The Course offers:

  • Debate and discussion on topical political and higher-strategic matters with leading academics, military commanders and civilian representatives from across the European continent and North America;

  • Opportunities for enhanced understanding of geopolitical and strategic dynamics;

  • Prospects for exchanging ideas, reflection and networking during social events (dinners and other hosted events).

At the end of the SLC, participants will benefit from the Course to better:

  • Formulate strategic responses to the challenges and threats to the interests of their respective nations;

  • Assess the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s evolving geostrategic role in deterring challenges and threats to its members;

  • Appraise the principles of deterrence in light of the changing geopolitical environment.


The Senior Leaders’ Course educational method is based on a combined educational approach, including lectures, panels and small group (syndicate) activities and exercises to facilitate adult learning at an advanced level. Consequently, the primary responsibility for learning and achieving the specified learning outcomes is placed on the course participants. 

To help facilitate this, the Senior Leaders’ Course provides an excellent educational environment for learning. A high-level Senior Mentor will facilitate all educational activities.

The Senior Leaders’ Course is built to maximise the experience and knowledge already found at the Baltic Defence College and is bolstered with specific additional skills and wits from outside. Thus, active learning and full participation and contribution of all participants are heavily encouraged; this allows participants to share their knowledge, experience and learning with others in an open and positive environment.

Admission Requirements

The Senior Leaders’ Course is open to flag officers and senior officials from the Baltic states' armed forces and government institutions, their allies and partners, and non-governmental entities. In general, participants are:

  • Flag/General Officers or senior officials with a demonstrated potential and aptitude for promotion to the very highest level;

  • Graduates of the Higher Command Studies Course or an equivalent course in another defence college or university;

  • Holders, where appropriate, of an exemplary professional profile;

  • Agile, adaptable, and intellectually curious thinkers versed in modern technology.

Further Information

The Senior Leaders’ Course 2023 will be held in Tallinn, Estonia. All administrative information will be provided directly to selected/nominated participants.

The accommodation and transportation costs of participants will be covered by sending states. There is no Course Fee.