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Defence trains big guns

A development program, begun in the 1950s and aimed at senior management, is continuing to attract the attention of executives from both the public and private sectors.

The Department of Defence runs the course in all States, to bolster strategic management skills and provide an overview of national and regional issues and activities that impact on Australia’s strength and well-being. Known as the Defence and Industry Study Course (DISC), last year’s program attracted some high profile WA participants. WA DISC chairman Commodore Bob Trotter said the type of course and the insights it offered were not available from any other source.

The course includes a commencement week in the ACT and NSW in March, to meet other participants from throughout Australia, a South West regional trip in June, and a tour of defence facilities and commercial enterprises in remote northern Australia in October. Course lectures, seminars and site visits present information on the cultures, policies, strengths and weaknesses of public and private sector enterprises, and help participants appreciate contemporary social issues most likely to influence the national interest, Commodore Trotter said. Participants are also offered a view of national and regional policy, and planning issues that could impact on future growth and progress.

The participants apply their skills and knowledge to syndicated research projects, nominated and subsequently implemented  by private and public enterprise. This year’s program costs $9,000, inclusive of lectures, seminars, travel, accommodation and meals. Nominations to participate are due by February 7.

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