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This report from 2011 provides an overview of the seminar.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Sixty nine students from 38 countries plunged into the Seminar on Transatlantic Civil Security conducted by the Defense Department’s George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here Feb. 5.   The three-week seminar examines best practices for ensuring civil security and preventing, preparing for and managing the consequences of domestic and regional crises and disasters.

The seminar is offered annually by the Marshall Center for military officers and government officials responsible for civil security policies and programs, as well as representatives of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations with civil security responsibilities.   The seminar curriculum, which consists of lectures, seminars, case studies and field studies, is designed to emphasize and enhance the essential skills of the civil security professional, including communication, collaboration, planning, critical thinking, strategic leadership, and crisis and risk management skills.

Dr. Jack Clarke, STACS executive program director, said bringing in different nations to discuss the issues is vital.

“People see the value of the professional development opportunity of coming here and not only sharing their own views, which are very important, but also listening to what others are doing to manage many of the same kinds of problems,” Clarke said.

The seminar ends Feb. 22

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