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A senior PNG Defence Force officer has described a seven-week defence management course in the
Commander Tau Ila recently returned to PNG after completing the “Managing Defence in a Wider Security Context” course at the Cranfield University in the
The course was funded by the British Government and included participants from military forces from the Commonwealth and around the world.
The PNGDF officer, who will take up a senior posting within the defence force’s human resource department, said the course included a section on managing the welfare and career of officers within the army.
At a debrief with the British High Commission, Commander Ila said: “Any organisation is only as good as the people in it. The seven week course looked at a range of subjects designed to ensure that a modern Defence Force not only values and invests in its people but also gets the most out of them. In addition to specific management training the course also looked in detail at the military and civilian government relationship and governance. In particular, the peacetime role of a modern defence force in fulfilling its security obligations and supporting broader national development goals."
British High Commissioner to PNG, David Dunn, welcomed the participation of the PNGDF in the course and said it was imperative that all military forces constantly updated themselves with the latest thinking in military doctrine and strategic personnel management.
“I am sure that Commander Ila also took the opportunity to brief the