Senior Leader Information Environment Course (SLIEC)


Audience: Senior military officers and civilian equivalents (O-6 to O-8; O-5 by request).

Course Length: 2.5 – 3 days; scalable

Location: Colorado Springs, CO or Worldwide

Course Overview: The SLIEC gives participants both broad and deep insights into analyzing, planning for, executing, and assessing operations in the global information environment and its various information-heavy complex problem sets. The course focuses on grand strategy, strategy, and operations, helping participants understand how to align and sequence whole-of-government actions to gain advantage in ICPs and their counterpart operational environments. This is a graduate-level, seminar-style course.

Introduction and Definitions – Participants begin with a discussion of what the global IE is, and how it relates to Complex Problems and Operational Environments.  Participants also discuss how IE-related terms and definitions across the FVEY militaries compare to one another. These insights give participants a definitional baseline and level of understanding for moving into subsequent areas of instruction.

New Realities – Participants discuss how the new realities of the current century are driving threats to national security, and how they might advise policy makers as they respond to or try to get ahead of these various problems and threats.

Roles and Responsibilities – Participants then discuss commanders’ roles and responsibilities as they seek to gain advantage in the global IE, its complex problems, and their companion Operational Environments.

Organizational Structures and Processes – This block focuses on developing new organizational structures and processes for engaging with complex problems over long periods of time.  Participants discuss how to optimize structure and process by using strategic and operational design processes and “best practices.”

Non-lethal and Lethal Options – Participants discuss non-lethal and lethal options available to gain advantage in complex problems by producing effects and ultimately achieving objectives and reaching a desired end-state. While the ideal outcome is achieving objectives short of armed conflict, discussion focuses equally on the properly integrated employment of non-lethal and lethal effects within armed conflict.

Tools of the Trade – The next block covers four key “tools of the trade” for engaging in complex problems within the global IE: design, wargaming and red-teaming, critical-elements determination, and assessment.  Each of these activities plays an outsized role in helping analysts, planners, and operators develop and execute the best possible plans in the most effective manner.

Informatized Warfare – The final block of instruction focuses on the concept and reality of “informatized warfare” and its use of combined effects (rather than just combined arms) to achieve objectives and reach desired end-states.  Participants discuss combined effects in detail—what they are, why they matter, how to produce them, and why they are particularly important in the global IE, complex problems, and operational environments.