NATO/Partnership Multinational Tactical Planning Course at SWEDINT

27 students from 8 different countries are participating in the Multinational Tactical Planning Course (MTPC) conducted at SWEDINT. The three week course is open to NATO and partner countries and aims to prepare the participants for service in a multinational staff on tactical level.

NATO/P MTPC, Multinational Tactical Planning Course
NATO/P MTPC, Multinational Tactical Planning Course
Capt Muhammad Usman Akram from Pakistan conducting planning as Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) G5 during one of the map exercises. Photo: Thorsten Hagelberg / SWEDINT
NATO/P MTPC, Multinational Tactical Planning Course
LTCDR Reine Lindqvist, appointed as Chief of Staff (COS) during one of the map exercises, conducting a brief with his staff. Photo: Thorsten Hagelberg / SWEDINT

The first week focuses on general orientations, conducted by subject matter experts from NATO as well as SWEDINT, in order to give a broad understanding of a modern conflict and the different actors that affect it. In total more than 15 lectures were given, including one by LtGen Robert Mood from Norway who shared his experience from his appointment as Head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS).

LTCDR Reine Lindqvist from Sweden, participates in the course and think that the course are very useful and a great way to exchange experience within the multinational community. He is also very satisfied with the professionalism of the experts conducting lectures during the course:

-They are of high class and it is especially interesting and important to get the knowledge from experienced  Experts within the NATO structure, says LTCDR Lindqvist.

During week two and three of the course the main content are map exercises where the participants form up three syndicates. The syndicates conduct three different planning tasks for a brigade operation taken place in a fictitious scenario.

Another participant in the course is CaptMuhammad Usman Akramfrom Pakistan. He currently serves as a staff officer in the UN Mission inDarfur (UNAMID). His personal goal with the course was to get a deeper understanding of the planning process used within the NATO framework for a Peace Support Operation. Capt Usman thinks that the course gives him a good knowledge and experience from planning in a comprehensive environment:

- In Darfur I mostly work with current operations so therefore this course really gives me great experience         concerning the planning process. The multinational view on the planning and conductingof Peace Support Operations that are discussed during the course greatly broaden my understanding. I would definitely recommend the course to my colleagues in Sudan and back home in Pakistan.

The MTPC is conducted at SWEDINT twice a year. The course has been developed during the past year in order to be up to date with the context of a modern conflict as well as NATO doctrines and planning process.The course is conducted by SWEDINT within the NORDEFCO framework, with the core of instructors from Sweden as well as Norway, Denmark and Finland. The next course will be conducted 25th of August until 12th of September.