Training

WHAT WE DO

The Cordillera Team are renowned worldwide experts in the delivery of training courses to commercial and military audiences to support capacity building, alternative approaches, transformational activity and improved efficiency.

Cordillera is currently supporting significant military and commercial training and capacity building projects across Australia, Canada, Latin America, UK and the USA as well as International Organisations such as the World Bank and NATO.

Our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are competent and qualified instructors who have delivered courses in the following disciplines:

  • Resilience & Planning
  • Research & Analysis Techniques
  • Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E)
  • The Future Urban Environment, Urban Operations, Threats and Anti-Fragility
  • Major Event Security & Planning; Intelligence & Targeting; Battlespace Management (BSM)
  • Operations Planning; Operations Analysis and Operations Assessment (OA & OPSA)
  • Counter-Insurgency (COIN)
  • Hybrid Warfare and Counter-Terrorism (CT)
  • Table Top Wargaming to local Government to understand Future Threats & Risks to enable the development of Mitigation Technques and Resilience.

The Cordillera team combines more than 50 years of instructional experience built around a highly competent team of instructors with military and commercial experience. Our team has worldwide experience training students and uses innovative training techniques aimed at achieving maximum student participation. We always take a consider approach designed to meet the customers needs. We work with clients to establish their training needs through a training needs analysis to ensure that the training on offer meets expectations. In addition, our courses are flexible and can be adapted to meet specific commercial and military needs.

 

Aim: To enable the undertaking of structured, comprehensive business planning in response to future global trends, threats and risk underpinned by a robust, evidence-based resilience approach.

Course Description: The course itself is tailored to meet the specific needs of the customer and includes worked examples relevant to  customer’s environment. The course will include an overview of global strategic trends, threats and risks of especially relevance to the Customer. It will explore resilience models necessary to accommodate key  challenges posed by the evolving strategic landscape and an examination of importance of better integrated, multi-hazard approaches across the threat, risk and vulnerability landscape to mitigate adverse impacts and loss. There will be a practical application of planning techniques and problem solving with consideration of the indivisible relationship between resilience and planning through the facilitated investigation and addressing of a Customer related problem.

Duration: The course is designed to be five days in duration but is modular and flexible in its delivery methods.

Capacity: 14 students.

Course Objectives:

  1. To deepen students’ practical knowledge, understanding and application of resilience to control and mitigate risk thereby preventing loss and damage.
  2. To broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of future global trends, threats and risks relevant to the Customer’s business environment and the potential mitigating benefits of a resilience approach.
  3. To critique key strengths, weaknesses and impacts of existing resilience approaches, proposing alternative models better able to accommodate and support planning for future trends, threats and risks
  4. To provide and equip students with examples of critical vulnerabilities in systems likely to be supporting the Customer’s business either directly or indirectly, demonstrating how resilience methodologies might inform the management and reduction of associated risks.
  5. To enable students to design an analytical plan, selecting and using a comprehensive planning process to explore and address specific challenges set by the customer, to provide a confirmation of learning to the student and adding value back to the customer.
  6. To enable and demonstrate comprehensive problem solving for the development of measurable resilient solutions.

 

Aim: ‘To provide a practical understanding of the techniques and methods to conduct research and analysis, to understand, filter and apply evidence to solve problems and support critical decision making relative to the business environment’.

Course Description: The course will introduce the students to research and analysis, problem formulation, understanding bias, alternative analysis techniques, practical application of analysis techniques and a facilitated workshop to investigate and address a customer related problem. The course is modular, flexible in its delivery methods and can be augmented by additional modules including: Concept Development; Data Collection and Analysis; and Experimentation and Wargame Design.

Duration: The course is designed to be three to five days in duration but can be adapted to meet client’s requirements.

Capacity: Minimum of 8 students and a maximum 24 students.

Course Objectives:

  1. To provide students with knowledge and understanding of research techniques and their practical application.
  2. To provide students with knowledge and understanding of analytical techniques and their practical application to support problem solving and the development of solutions.
  3. To enable students to design an analytical approach, selecting and using a variety of analytical techniques to explore and address specific challenges set by the customer, to provide a confirmation of learning to the student and adding value back to the customer.

Aim: To provide an introduction to the Concept Development and Experimentation Process including methods, roles and responsibilities.

Course Description: The course will introduce students to the CD&E and how it supports the capability development and procurement process. The course will include practical experience in concept writing, operational analysis and how to build an experimentation process.

Duration: The course is designed to be one to two weeks in duration but can be extended,

Capacity: Minimum of 12 students and maximum 24 students – Aimed at the commercial, business and military sectors.

Objectives:

  1. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the CD&E process.
  2. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of Concepts.
  3. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the process to develop a concept.
  4. Increase the student’s awareness of Operational Analysis support to Concept Development.
  5. Develop the student’s knowledge of experimentation theory.
  6. Develop students’ knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the experiment team.
  7. Develop the student’s knowledge of the experimentation process.

Aim: Provide an understanding of urbanisation, the urban environment, threats, risks and the application of urban security and resilience activities/operations for both commercial and military participants.

Course Description: The course will introduce students to the history of urban conflict, lessons learned, developments in the urban and urban littoral environment, why urbanisation matters, the future threats, urban operations, smart cities, future technologies and options for capability development. The course will also include an urban walk to increase understanding of the environment and a table top urban exercise to allow practical application of the course curriculum.  Upon completion the student will be able to understand the urban environment, the threats and advantages that the urban terrain, population and technology offers, and have a practical knowledge of urban tactics, resilience activities and information & cyber manoeuvre.

Duration: The course is designed to be two weeks in duration but can be extended to meet client’s requirements.

Capacity: Minimum of 12 students and a maximum 24 students.

Course Objectives:

  1. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of urban environment framework.
  2. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the Urban Littoral Environment.
  3. Broaden the student’s knowledge and ability to analyze the lessons identified from previous urban operations.
  4. Increase the student’s awareness of the threats and complexities of the urban and urban littoral environment.
  5. Develop the student’s knowledge of urban security tactics and doctrine.
  6. Develop students’ knowledge to use wargaming/table top exercises to develop critical thinking skills for urban operations and workable solutions to existing problems.

 

Aim: To provide an understanding of BSM and the application of BSM to military operations.

Course Description: The course will introduce students to the history of BSM, lessons learned, Air, Land and Maritime control measures and integration, future threats, BSM and options for capability development. The course will also include a table top BSM exercise to allow practical application of the course curriculum. Upon completion the student will be able to understand BSM control measures, the threats and have a practical knowledge of BSM.

Duration: The course is designed to be one to two weeks in duration but can be extended.

Capacity: Minimum of 12 students and maximum 24 – Aimed at Senior Officers, Majors, Captains and SNCOs involved in joint battlespace/airspace management.

Course Objectives:

  1. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of BSM.
  2. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the BSM control measures.
  3. Broaden the student’s knowledge and ability to analyze the lessons identified from the lessons identified from previous BSM operations.
  4. Increase the student’s awareness of the threats and complexities of BSM.
  5. Develop the student’s knowledge of the application of BSM tactics and doctrine.
  6. Develop students’ knowledge to use wargaming to develop critical thinking skills BSM.

Aim: Provide an understanding of the strategic logic of an insurgency, the fundamentals of an effective COIN strategy and the set of operational tools available to both military commanders and civilian officials to deal with the military, political and social components of this form of warfare.

Course Description: The course will introduce students to the political-military nature of the insurgency, the historical evolution of this form of warfare, the organization of the insurgent party, the way used to mobilize resources to sustain the rebellion and the tactics deployed by the insurgents. In addition, the students will learn about the principles of COIN, the different approaches for this type of campaigns, the kinetic and non-kinetic operational tools to be integrated in a strategy to confront the rebellion and the practical methodology to plan and evaluate a campaign of this kind.

Duration: The course is designed to be one to two weeks in duration but can be extended to meet clients requirements.

Capacity: Minimum of 12 students and maximum 24 students

Course Objectives:

  1. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the drivers and the strategic logic of an insurgency.
  2. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the political and military tools used by the insurgents.
  3. Learn the principles of COIN and the potential approaches to design an effective COIN campaign.
  4. Develop a full understanding of the kinetic and non-kinetic operational tools available to the commander in a COIN campaign.
  5. Know the appropriate C2 arrangements for a campaign of this kind, including the development of joint commands and inter-agency coordination bodies.
  6. Learn the procedures to properly plan an effective COIN campaign
  7. Understand the relevance of the operational and strategic evaluation in a COIN campaign and know the proper methodologies to carry it out.

Aim: The aim of the course is to prepare students to contribute to the Operations Planning Process, either as an operational-level or functional-area planner, while serving within a joint operational-level headquarters, applying the principles that are compatible with the NATO Operations Planning Process.

Course Description: The course will introduce students to the Operations Planning Process and the principles of Comprehensive Operations Planning. It will prepare the students to contribute to a Joint Operations Planning Team using the methodology that is compatible with the NATO Operations Planning Process and will allow the students to practice these skills through a number of practical exercises aimed at developing the operational art. The course will also include a table top urban exercise to allow practical application of the course curriculum.  Upon completion the student will be able to participate in the Joint Qatari Planning Process.

Duration: The course is designed to be two to three weeks in duration but can be extended to meet client’s requirements.

Capacity: The course is designed for 30 students.

Course Objectives:

  1. Develop the student’s knowledge of the main characteristics of the operations planning system.
  2. Develop the student’s appreciation of the strategic environment in accordance with the comprehensive approach.
  3. Applying the principles of operational art, students will be able to analyse a crisis in order to define the operational-level problem and determine the necessary operational conditions to be achieved.
  4. Develop the student’s ability to design and compare multiple courses of action, justifying a final recommendation in accordance with commander’s guidance.
  5. Enable the students to describe the main characteristics of phases 4-6 of the operations planning process.
  6. Develop students’ knowledge to assess the Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) and Measures of Performance (MOP) to assist the Commander in making adjustments to the Operational plan.

 

Aim: Provide an understanding of the strategic logic of terrorism, the key guidelines for the development of an effective Counter-Terrorism strategy and the set of operational tools to protect civilian population and infrastructure as well as dismantle the terrorist organization.

Course Description: The course will introduce the students to the political-military nature of terrorism, its historical evolution, the changes in the organizational structures of those groups which practice it and their capability to innovate and change their operational pattern. As well, the students will learn about the principles of counterterrorism, the role of the police and the military in this kind of campaigns, the options to protect effectively critical infrastructure and how to cope with particularly challenging terrorist incidents such as suicide attacks or those involving the use of weapons of mass destruction.

Duration: The course is designed to be five days in duration but can be extended to meet client’s requirements.

Capacity: Minimum of 12 students and a maximum 24 students.

Course Objectives:

  1. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the strategic logic behind a terrorist campaign.
  2. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the tactics used by the terrorists. 
  3. Learn the principles of CT and the kinetic and non-kinetic tools to be combined into an effective counterterrorist campaign.
  4. Develop a full understanding of the key role of intelligence in any CT effort.
  5. Know the appropriate inter-agency coordination arrangements to guarantee the proper cooperation among the different forces and bodies involved in the response to a terrorist incident
  6. Learn about the required measures to protect critical infrastructure and increase resilience to terrorist attacks. 
  7. Develop skills to deal with a set of terrorist tactics including suicide attacks, active shooter incidents and hostage situations.
  8. Learn the procedures to plan an effective CT strategy.

Aim: The aim is to deliver an integrated Joint Intelligence Capability to Military Forces and other interested commercial organisations. This capability will be delivered through an agreed training course package (13 intelligence courses identified) aimed at Senior Officers, Majors, Captains, SNCOs and JNCOs. A follow-on mentoring package is recommended to ensure intelligence training is integrated into joint operations.

Course Description: The Intelligence Courses are designed to prepares students from entry to advanced level intelligence positions through to a full range of intelligence activities depending on which courses are selected.  Course emphasis is on preparation to serve in tactical intelligence assignments, but students will learn skills necessary to also serve in operational and strategic intelligence positions.  Coursework includes instructor led lectures, practical exercises, take home assignments, and testing.  The courses are tailored to contemporary geo-political and military or commercial requirements.

List of Intelligence Courses:

  1. Introduction to Intelligence Course, Phase 1 – ITIC Phase 1 (3-6 weeks).  Aimed at Lieutenant Colonels, Majors, Captains, SNCOs and JNCOs.
  2. Introduction to Intelligence Course, Phase 2 – ITIC Phase 2 (3-6 weeks).  Aimed at Lieutenant Colonels, Majors, Captains, SNCOs and JNCOs.
  3. Advanced Intelligence Analysts Course (1-2 weeks). Aimed at Lieutenant Colonels, Majors and Captains.
  4. Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) Course – (4-8 weeks). Aimed at Majors, Captains, SNCOs and JNCOs.
  5. Targeting Fundamentals Course – Practitioner level (2-4 weeks). Aimed at Majors, Captains, SNCOs and JNCOs.
  6. Collateral Damage Estimation Course – Prerequisite to have attended the Targeting Fundamentals Course (1 week). Aimed at Majors and Captains.
  7. Senior Officers’ Targets Clearance Course – Colonel Rank and above (2 days).
  8. Intelligence Collection Managers’ Course – Designed for Lieutenant Colonels and Majors involved in intelligence collection (1 week).
  9. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Course (1 week). Aimed at Majors, Captains, SNCOs and JNCOs.
  10. Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Course – (2-3 weeks). Aimed at Lieutenant Colonels, Majors, Captains, SNCOs and JNCOs.
  11. Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Course (1 week). Aimed at Majors, Captains, SNCOs and JNCOs.
  12. Information Operations (Info Ops) Course, including PsyOps, deception, EW and Cyber (1 week). Aimed at Majors, Captains, SNCOs and JNCOs.
  13. Senior Officers’ Intelligence Application Course (1 week). Designed for decision makers Colonel and above on how to get the most out of intelligence.

Duration: The courses differ in duration depending on the selection but can be adapted  to meet client’s requirements.

Capacity: Minimum of 12 students and a maximum 24 students.

Course Objectives:

  1. Execute all tasks of Intelligence as a Warfighting Function to support combat operations.
  2. Execute all functions of the Intelligence Process to support the Operations Process and Intelligence Requirements.
  3. Analyse threats to military and commercial operations.
  4. Increase Joint Intelligence capability and interoperability between Army, Air Force, and Naval Intelligence Personnel.
  5. Prepare reference materials for use in follow on assignments. 
  6. Develop the student’s knowledge of the Joint Targeting Cycle. 
  7. Instruct the student in the value and importance of Open Source Intelligence.
  8. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the HUMINT discipline and how that fits into the wider Intelligence Cycle and Planning Cycle. 
  9. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the SIGINT discipline and how that fits into the wider Intelligence Cycle and Planning Cycle.
  10. Develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of Info Ops and how it fits into the wider Intelligence Cycle and Planning Cycle.

Cordillera provides basic and advanced security design training and education, consultation, and custom tailored inquiries to address the most complex security challenges. This tailored design training is available for individuals and organizations interested in organizational change, innovation, creativity and disruptive thinking for a broad range of security applications in complex emergent contexts.