In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Compassionate
Praise be to Almighty Allah who has taught (the writing) by the pen and He has taught man that which he knew not. Peace be upon Prophet Mohammed, the greatest commander and the best teacher, and upon his family and his companions.
1. The National Defence College (NDC) and its rules of procedures was established under the Royal Decree that it shall operate under the Ministry of Defence, with its headquarters at the Bait Al Falaj camp in the Governorate of Muscat. The system attached to the decree shall apply to the new college. Article 2 states that the National Defence College shall have its juristic character, as well as its financial and administrative autonomy, and that the college shall be linked academically to the Sultan Qaboos University. The Royal Decree admitted the importance of upgrading the scientific and cognitive levels of strategic leaders in the fields of security and defence. The College is established in order to integrate efforts of various sectors and institutions of the state, and keep up with scientific development in the Sultanate and to improve the quality of higher education at the strategic level in the security and defence issues.
2. From that standpoint, the NDC is considered a high level national scientific institute for strategic studies in the fields of security and defence as it is intended to be a leading intellectual think-tank stimulates intellectual creativity and learning, research and development at the strategic level through a commitment to providing an academic environment of renewed vitality within the framework of values and ideals of the community. The NDC is also seeking to achieve the objectives assigned to it under the Royal Decree and of the preparation and development of strategic thinking and analytical ability and skills of strategic planning and national policy formulation and decision-making in the areas of security and defence. It also aims to developing the ability to consolidate, integrate and coordinate national efforts in all areas within a comprehensive national framework. Furthermore, NDC aims to prepare and qualify military and civilians leaders to take up higher positions in the military, security and civil sectors. NDC is seeking to provide an academic environment stimulates learning and creativity in strategic studies in the fields of security and defence, and is working to develop an awareness and perception of national security issues, and to develop the ability to manage crises, according to the plans of scientific methodology, and to conduct research and studies and to develop the researching skills in the fields of security and defence.
3. Finally, I pray to Allah to grant all success to the college staff and all of its members to perform their duties and achieve the overall message and in order to raise the status of this dear homeland under the prudent leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Chaif Commander Statement