Course Iterations

Sub Number Date Location Registration
SOF-SO-16705-L-2023-24 01 Jul - 31 Jul, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-16705-A-2024-25 01 Aug - 31 Aug, 2024  ADL: ADL

Course Information

ADL NATO SOF Digital Force Protection Basics

Details of the eLearning course are:

  • The course is self-paced
  • The estimated time commitment is approximately 6-8 hours total
  • There are no videoconferences or other events with strict timing
  • The material is NATO Unclassified
  • Graduates will be familiar with digital force protection concepts and vulnerabilities

The course will be conducted in an eLearning format, consisting of:

  • Online lessons
  • Learning assessments
  • An end of course test

You may register for this course at any time.

The course provides students with an introduction to the threats facing NATO's SOF allies in digital environments and cover the nexus between the digital, cognitive, and physical environments.

The increased use of social media coupled with advances in data collection and aggregation capabilities often undermines Operational Security and leaves forces vulnerable to adversaries intent on acquiring and exploiting sensitive critical information. Digital Force Protection (DFP) awareness and education are critical to protect Alliance SOF operators, their support, and their families.

This course has a computer heavy curriculum.

In addition to a 3322 in English language skill, students should be comfortable speaking English in front of groups to participate in this course.

Students must have a NATO JADL account to take this course.  It is recommended you sign up for a JADL account as soon as you are enrolled in the course.  Please visit to register for an account.  You may register with an official military/government email or a commercial email.  Prior to registering with a commercial email address, please contact the Course Director for additional instructions.

ADL 101 Introduction to NATO Special Operations is a prerequisite for the ADL Introduction to Digital Force Protection.  ADL 101 may be accessed using the following link:

Questions can be addressed to the Course Director at: [email protected]