Curtains on Command and Staff Course raised

James Kon

A total of 37 officers – including 16 international military officers – are participating in the 10th Command and Staff Course (CSC) 2020 following its opening yesterday morning at the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Defence Academy.

The opening ceremony was officiated by Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud.

The course participants comprise 20 officers from RBAF, a civilian officer from the Ministry of Defence and 16 international military officers from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Sultanate of Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan reminded participants of the importance of adapting to changes, especially in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0)

He said, “The world is now progressing into the IR 4.0, which is also highlighted in His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s New Year 2019 titah. His Majesty emphasised that the IR 4.0 is one of the priorities of today, and the importance of participating in the global network and adapting to digital technology. In my presentation last year, I talked about how the IR 4.0 is impacting current leadership in the armed forces.”

Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud delivers his speech. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“It is important that we are responsive to change so we do not become irrelevant. Therefore, as a leader, no matter at which level, it is important to have both the ability and willingness to adapt to change. Constant adaptation and continuous improvement ensure an organisation’s endurance.”

“I do hope that each and every one of you attending the course will progress through the 10 months via active exchange of ideas and perspectives, sharing of experiences, continuous learning as well as taking intellectual risks and moving away from your comfort zone,” he added.

The 40-week course – which will be delivered in partnership with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) for the second year as its main academic provider – aims to expand professional and academic knowledge towards contemporary strategic environment and its implications on their works being the defence and security specialists.

By the end of the course, successful participants will be awarded UBD’s Graduate Diploma in Defence and Security Studies with an opportunity to pursue their Master’s in Defence and Security Studies.

Also present at the ceremony were UBD Acting Vice-Chancellor Hajah Rubiah binti Haji Yacub, services commanders, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence, senior officers, as well as the defence advisers/attachés to Brunei Darussalam.