(SFSO-102) CHT Practical Exercise (ADL)



  1. Requirement:  The 2014 Wales NATO Summit directed NATO to build procedures and capabilities that address the specific challenges posed by hybrid warfare threats including ensuring the Alliance has the necessary tools, training and procedures required to deter and respond effectively to such threats.  Following this direction, NSHQ developed a four phase (I-IV) programme that addressed aspects of the requirement to train the Alliance in recognising and responding to hybrid threats; this course is phase four of the programme.  The programme was revised to a five phase (I-V) programme.  Phase “V” makes the provision for Mobile Education Teams (METs).  In March 2020, distance learning modules were added to address the need to provide education in times of mandated limited travel.
  2. Aim:  To educate the Alliance through distributed learning on the nature and components of hybrid threats, identify deterrence options that facilitate delivery of countering options, use eLearning to create a community of defence professionals prepared and equipped to deal with the hybrid challenges that are facing the alliance today, educate the Alliance on operationalizing the Comprehensive Approach (CA) in the context of hybrid threats.  In addition, the course aims to build a network of strategic minded alumni capable of leveraging their shared strategic understanding, critical thinking skills and network to support their nations and the Alliance in countering hybrid threats.
  3. Security Classification:  NONCLASSIFIED NATO information - Releasable to the public
  4. Target Audience:  This course is designed for planners in mid-level intelligence, security and contingency planning roles for Alliance nations who may be tasked to counter hybrid threats.  It is recommended that military students have a broad tactical background along with experience above the tactical level or appropriate military education at staff college level or advanced military school.  Civilian students should have academic and/or work related experience beyond the entry level in any of the following sectors: diplomatic, NGO, governmental, information, intelligence, law enforcement, transportation infrastructure, health, cyber security, technology, economic, energy, interagency, emergency services or other specialised ‘whole of government’ expertise.  An understanding of both NATO and SOF missions along with the comprehensive and interagency methodologies is desirable but not essential.
    1. Rank level:  OF2-OF4 officers, OR-6-OR-9, and civilians identified in target audience.
    2. Language Proficiency:  Students must have a 3332 (IAW STANAG 6001) English language rating and be comfortable communicating and presenting in English to a group audience.


Training Strategy:  The course will use eLearning activities and Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) to cover two topic areas: hybrid threats and operationalizing the CA.  The course design uses a strategy development as a model for students to demonstrate depth of knowledge, comprehend complex topics, and witness the application of hybrid activities in an actual situation.  To maximize interaction, facilitate learning and encourage the exchange of ideas among all the students, faculty and students will share a collective responsibility for the entire learning experience.  This includes the academic freedom to share and debate ideas in a non-attributable distributed academic setting.  This strategy connects the gaps and target audience to the course aims and objectives using the methods and assessments outlined below.

  1. ADL and DL participation.  Students will complete CHT ADL 304- Creative, Critical and Strategic Thinking and ADL 305- Strategic Theories and Theorists.  They will utilize this pre-course work to create a strong foundation for the synchronous and asynchronous learning portion that will be done in the DL modules.
  2. Reading and Self-study.  Students will have individual readings, both pre-requisite readings and daily readings during the eLearning event.
  3. Lectures.  Daily lectures will be provided via audio recording to present the course material and to elaborate on the ADL baseline of knowledge.
  4. Post Lecture discussion.  Instructors and Students will conduct a series of student lead discussions and activities via VTC to reinforce key academic points, explore concepts and deepen knowledge.
  5. Guest Lecturers (Possible).  Selected Guest Lecturers will be utilized to complement the overall daily lecturers and academic content as required.
  1. Estimated Number of Students per year:  60
  1. Minimum students per course is 6
  2. Maximum students per course is 20
  1. Depth of Knowledge: 200