The Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) is a year long post-graduate level educational program, with a strong practitioner focus, that provides senior military and civilian officials with the knowledge, awareness and skills to operate at the highest levels of leadership, command, policy formulation and management. CDSS Graduates constitute a cohort of senior leaders in Australia and around the world who share common understanding of the more complex aspects of their work - whether as military officers or civilian national security professionals.
Information on the course includes:
The course is the result of many years of development, refinement and fine tuning. As Australia's most advanced program of professional military education, it provides course members the opportunity to spend a year learning, thinking and writing about the challenges that they will face as they proceed to command and management roles at the most senior levels of their profession. Participation in this program offers course members the opportunity to shift their focus from the tactical and operational to the strategic level.
The explanation and wording of the Chatham House Rule is as follows:
Meetings of the Institute may be held 'on the record' or under the Chatham House Rule. In the latter case, it may be agreed with the speaker(s) that it would be conducive to free discussion that a given meeting, or part thereof, should be strictly private and thus held under the Chatham House Rule.
"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed".