About the College

Overview of Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College

The objective of the course is to ensure that CP are familiar with theories, concepts of strategy, security and international relations and able to use them when evaluating factors and issues that are relevant to the provision of policy advice on national security, military strategies, organization of forces, command and control of forces at the strategic and operational levels of war and their applications when and where they are deemed necessary.  

These objectives will be attained through the provision of a M Soc Sc in Defence Studies Course which accredits CP with the correct level of academic qualifications to perform research and to be able to discuss with confidence in the following aspects:

  • ..........Malaysia’s national interests, objectives and the major factors which influence the formulation of the National   Defence and Foreign Policies.    
  • ..........The machinery for the preparation of Malaysia’s Defence Policy and the processes of government decision making in defence matters.
  • ..........Defence strategy, operational and administrative organization, their roles and responsibilities in the formulation for execution of defence policy and the management of defence resources.
  • ..........Identifying and examining factors underlying the policies of foreign states that have impact on Malaysia’s defence and security interests.
  • ..........The planning considerations which include the factors, intelligence and implication for joint and combined operations planning.
  • ..........The application of modern and contemporary management concepts. 

The course is specially designed to be intellectually stimulating and thought provoking, thus providing CP the opportunity to further develop their ability to think, analyse, reason out and formulate sound decisions within the framework of established staff and command practices.  Individual thinking arriving at objectives, rational judgments and opinions will be constantly cultivated and encouraged.

Full and free expression of individual opinions on the part of lecturers, DS and CP are essential and most welcome.  CP are encouraged to be completely objective in their judgments, opinions and expressions.  Fresh, independent, rationally-expressed and logically presented views on all subjects are sought.  Expressions of this nature will assist the DS Body to form opinions of an individual’s thinking power and thought processes. 

The course is also aimed at exposing CP to a wider perspective of defence activities.  This is intended to stimulate their thinking about national security and expose them to the related processes by which resources planning, management and allocations are considered and decided for defence requirement. 

This will equip CP to take up positions or appointments at the appropriate levels, in a variety of joint activities including defence planning, estimates and other tasks involving strategic and operational appreciation on command and control, organisation, logistics, concept of operations, communications, etc.

The course curriculum focuses on the understanding of the process and methodology of policy formulation and implementation at strategic and operational levels including joint and combined planning. 

The course curriculum also provides field studies to verify knowledge gained in the SR pertaining to national policies on security, development and defence postures of the countries visited.

Individual and group exercises are conducted to develop the required skills.  To maximise effectiveness in group exercises, tutorials and coaching methods or approaches are adopted.

Most of the activities in the academic environment of the College is centered around the CP.  The curriculum does not focus on formal teaching per se.  They are designed to bring about CP’s full participation.  Learning is attained by reading, studying, researching and reflection; it is enhanced by attending lectures, actively participating in discussions and preparation of written assignments and oral presentations as well as by critical evaluations of all issues.  The main share of responsibility for learning rests with the CP themselves.

Each module of the curriculum will be treated as multi-disciplined effort.  CP will be exposed to the many aspects of every issue - its ethical, strategic, managerial or historical dimension. 

The seminar and syndicate groups are the principal forums for addressing problems and exchanging viewpoints and ideas.  Every central lecture is invariably followed by a period of PLD, which usually takes up 40 minutes or more.  At these discussions, CP will have the opportunity to further expound and deliberate on the subject presented to further enhance their understanding.  The syndicate work under the guidance of a lecturers/DS who serves both as a source of knowledge and as a moderator.  During central and syndicate discussions, CP will face the challenge of submitting their ideas and views to critical analysis by the lecturer or Syndicate DS, who collectively possesses a diversity of expertise and knowledge.

The discussions will also provide CP the opportunity to cultivate the art of presenting and arguing their viewpoint logically, tactfully and convincingly.  Group membership may be changed periodically to increase exposure to different views and experiences and to promote acquaintances within the class.


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