For the “Leadership Academy” of the German Army (Bundeswehr) we conducted a Workshop on improving civil-military cooperation. The workshop was part of a two-years training program after which the participants become officers of the general staff.
|Participants:||12 senior officers, mostly in the rank of Majors and Lieutenant Commanders|
Target group were participants of the two-years training for becoming Officers in the General Staff. As part of the General Staff of the German Army the participants will soon be in positions to take concrete decisions on the strategies and practice of the Army and therefore will take over a multiplying function when it comes to aspects of civil military cooperation.
The workshop was centered on a simulation game in which the officers took over the roles of different military, civil and local actors in a fictional conflict setting. They had to develop guidelines to cooperate with each other’s, without neglecting the different approaches to conflict transformation.
Relevant questions to be answered were, if military actors should engage at all in activities outside their core tasks or it should be limited. This included questions on how to ensure a clear distinction between military and civil actors and to what extend and what kind of information the respective actors are willing to share with each other.
In a crisis situation the participants then had to put those guidelines into practice, and reflect on the limits and potentials of civil-military cooperation from different perspectives. Through this process, the participants gained a deeper understanding of the needs and logics of actions of civil actors in the field.