Opening of Higher Command Studies Course 2018

On 15th of January, Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) inaugurated the 14th Higher Command Studies Course (HCSC). This year there are 21 students from 13 countries: Czech Republic, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine participating in the course.

The Commandant of the College, Major General Andis Dilāns delivered the opening speech stressing the College’s comprehensive and multi-national approach to the preparation of the participants for facing modern, complex and hybrid threats and challenges. He stated that the year 2018 will be an intensive and exciting one all across the world and highlighted the need to be prepared for the unexpected occurrences and events the same way as for the expected ones. He also mentioned that the Course is taking place in a significant year for the owners of BALTDEFCOL – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as all 3 nations will celebrate their 100th anniversary this year and the College is entering into its 20th anniversary year that will be celebrated in 2019.

The HCSC is a 5-month long course that aims to educate military officers and government officials from the Baltic States, their allies and partners, for executive responsibilities at the strategic level. It is aimed to enable comprehension of the multifaceted actions necessary for the accomplishment of national and Allied strategic objectives within an uncertain international environment. It is intended to graduate creative, proactive and agile commanders, policymakers and managers, capable of making sound, decisive and future-oriented strategic decisions. The topics of the HCSC are delivered by the College Faculty and recognized external Guest Speakers coming from worldwide military and civilian organizations.


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