National security is, today, a complex domain encompassing matters ranging from the challenges of homeland security management, to designing coping strategies for a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional threats. National security, especially in a rapidly changing and complex environment, remains a key concern for countries worldwide.

In line with this, and with the aim of promoting a multi-agency and networked government approach in response to today’s complex and uncertain security milieu, the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), a research unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), organises the Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers (APPSNO) annually with the support of the National Security Coordination Secretariat (NSCS), in the Prime Minister’s Office.

APPSNO is organised specifically for senior government officials from the Asia-Pacific and beyond with responsibilities for national security matters.

APPSNO functions as an important forum for promoting the analytical frameworks, mindsets and skills needed for effective national security management.

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