Interagency Civilian-Military Training (ICMT)

The Interagency Civilian-Military Training (ICMT) was a program organized annually by the Prague Security Studies Institute and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2015.

Responding to the need for NATO and EU member countries to increase the number of qualified and skilled civilians trained to take part in complex stabilization projects, crisis management and civilian-military operations around the world, the course was designed to improve civilian resources and capabilities and to strengthen civilian-military coordination. Participants were recruited among Czech and foreign civilian experts and those Czech nationals interested in participating in reconstruction and observation missions abroad, within NATO, EU, OSCE or UN structures, on behalf of the Czech Republic. The first three years were designed as a basic course for participants without previous experience from international missions, which offered them one week of theoretical lectures complemented by a one-week survival training provided by the Vyškov Military Academy.

In 2015, this introductory course was designed as a new, advanced course designed to allow participants to put into practice their previous work, experience and expertize from similar training as well as their former work. The advance program was geared towards development of participants’ soft skills to increase their effectiveness and team player role and to fulfill high demand and expectations for top lectures and full immersion exercise. The program also offered practical and day-to-day view into inner workings of overseas and international missions including strong focus on admin, personnel and HR in order to further participants’ understanding of the mission/field life. This was coupled with practical focus on selection, hiring and types of international missions. In cooperation with state agencies the training will focus on importance of personal field security, intelligence work as well as mission and post-mission personal psychological hygiene and well-being as part of public health.