The NATO Comprehensive Operations Planning Course (COPC) is taking place at SWEDINT. The course started on 6 May and will last until 17 May, comprising 46 students and some 20 instructors and subject matter experts from NATO School Oberammergau, NATO Commands and other supporting organisations – in total 21 nations are represented.

The COPC is accredited as a NATO SELECTED course and now conducted for the sixth time at SWEDINT in close cooperation with the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany. The cooperation between SWEDINT and NATO School is based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) since 2009 and the course is scheduled for two iterations annually.

The aim of the NATO COPC is to train individual staff officers and civilian from NATO and PfP nations in operations planning according to the NATO planning directive, Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive (COPD).

In today’s complex operations the non-military and military aspects need to be harmonized to a large extent in order be successful. The COPC will contribute to the individual staff officers understanding of the operational planning process (OPP) and the principles of a comprehensive approach, subsequently contributing to better trained personnel for current and future Crisis Response Operations (CRO), either in a NATO or an EU context.