Course looks to broaden officers’ perspective

|     Aziz Idris     |

THE 9th series of the Command and Staff Course (CSC) commenced recently with an opening ceremony at the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Defence Academy, officiated by RBAF Commander Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud.

This year, the course is joined by military officers from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, the United States and South Korea.

Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) officers are also participating in the course.

During the ceremony, CSC representatives took turns unfurling the national flags of participating countries.

Services commanders, directors, commandants, Defence Advisors/Attachés to Brunei Darussalam, as well as officers and staff of the RBAF Defence Academy attended the opening.

RBAF Commander Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud delivers his speech
CSC representative unfurling the respective national flag
A section of CSC participants at the opening ceremony. – PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRIS

This year inaugurates Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) as the main academic provider for the Command and Staff Course, replacing New Zealand’s Massey University which has worked together with the Staff College, Defence Academy for the last eight years.

The 40-week course, delivered in partnership with UBD, aims to broaden officers’ perspectives and professional knowledge using tactical and academic approaches and disciplines to study the contemporary strategic environment and the implications of this environment on their practice as defence and security specialists.

In his opening speech, the RBAF Commander reminded participants to gain as much knowledge through life-long learning during CSC because “even though knowledge is limitless, it can be forgotten, and easily left aside.”

“If you could learn the habit of self-learning, then I believe when you graduate, your future will be much broader, richer, and smoother. This is the form of life-long learning that we should all aim to achieve, and what the course aims to instil,” he added.