Yerevan, Armenia (January 30, 2016) – Armenia held a grand opening ceremony for its new National Defense Research University (NDRU) on January 28. The opening of the NDRU culminates seven years of close cooperation through the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) and represents a major milestone in the transformation of the Armenian Armed Forces.

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This document provides NATO partner countries with in-depth learning objectives and curriculum development support for academic courses focused on defense institution building or reform. It is informed in part by the typical academic programs and courses found in Western civilian and military academic institutions.

This document is the result of the best intentions of a multinational team of civilian and military academics (See pages 167-169 in the curriculum for the list of names) drawn from 13 countries. The aim of this document is modest. It does not pretend to be comprehensive nor does it purport to be the last word on NCO professional military education. Rather, this document aims to serve as a reference, a starting off place, for individuals or organisations in NATO member states and partner countries looking to develop and/or supplement their NCO professional military education (PME).

This document is the result of the best intentions of a multinational team of academics (See pgs 93-94 in the curriculum for list of academics) drawn from 11 countries. Typically, every document has an underlying reason for its existence and this one is no exception. The aim of this document is modest. It does not pretend to be comprehensive nor does it purport to be the last word on officer professional military education. Rather, this document seeks to serve as a reference, a starting off place, for individuals or organizations in partner countries looking to develop or to approximate officer professional military education (PME) curriculum in western military academies.