Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General Francis Ogolla on Monday 24th October 2022 chaired a routine Control Board Meeting of the Joint Command and Staff College (JCSC) in Karen, Nairobi.
The board discussed administrative and policy issues among other matters relating to JCSC.
The board is chaired by Vice Chief of the Defence Forces with Defence Principal Secretary, Service Commanders, Commandant JCSC, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces – Personnel and Logistics and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs and Research) National Defence University – Kenya as some of the members. Others are Chief of Research, Doctrine and Training Evaluation and Chief Instructor JCSC who serves as the Board’s secretary.
JCSC trains middle level officers in defence and strategy at the operational level. The college develops professional knowledge and skills and prepares its students for advanced responsibilities in command and staff.
The College runs two courses: the Senior Joint Command and Staff Course (SJCSC) which takes 47 weeks for officers of the rank of Majors and Lieutenant Colonels and the Junior Joint Command and Staff Course (JJCSC) conducted over a duration of 14 weeks for Officers of the rank of Captains and newly-promoted Majors.The SJCSC comprises officers from KDF and those from allied countries. Students from the allied countries include Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
JCSC is a College of the National Defence University – Kenya (NDU-K) whose mandate is providing knowledge in security and strategy and enhancing leadership with focus on national development.
Previously named Defence Staff College, the institution changed its name in June 2022 to conform to its mission of preparing selected officers for the assumption of increased responsibility in command and staff duties.
JCSC became among the founding colleges of NDU-K following the establishment of the university in 2021. Through NDU-K, JCSC now offers the ordinary diploma and post-graduate diploma in Defence and Strategic Studies to the current ongoing Course Number 38-2022/2023. Heralding a departure from previous practice whereby course members undertaking the DSC program were awarded the same through the University of Nairobi.