ISoDoMA 2017

International Symposium on the Development of Military Academies (ISoDoMA)
What is ISoDoMA?

ISoDoMA is a biennial international exchange forum that focuses on the training of young officers in military academies. This forum is attended by military and civilian personnel from military academies. The 2017 edition is organized jointly by the Korea Military Academy (KMA) and the Royal Military College Saint-Jean.

In May 2006, around ten countries with ties to KMA (Sweden, USA, France, Turkey, Georgia, Japan, Australia, Thailand and Spain) participated in the 13th edition of the Hwarangdae International Symposium whose theme was: “What is the contribution of the military academies to the development of the armed forces of their country?” During this event participants stressed the importance of these exchanges and expressed the wish to strengthen co-operation between military academies in order to improve the quality of training for young officers. A year later, in November 2007, Korea and the Military Academy of Korea hosted the first edition of ISoDoMA.

Objectives
ISoDoMA has three main objectives:

  1. Build an international system of co-operation between military academies.
  2. Conceive exchange and co-operation programs between military academies.
  3. Exchange information on common challenges military academies face.

Previous editions

  • 2007 – 1st edition (SOUTH KOREA – Korea Military Academy (KMA))
    Topic: “The changing environment of future educational innovation for military academies”
  • 2009 – 2nd edition (FRANCE – École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (ESM Saint-Cyr))
    Topic: “Irregular warfare training for officers”
  • 2011 – 3rd edition (COLOMBIA – Escuela Militar of Cadets General José María Córdova (ESMIC))
    Topic: “Challenges for military academies in the training of 21st century officers”
  • 2013 – 13th Hwarangdae International Symposium (SOUTH KOREA – Korean Military Academy (KMA))
    Topic: “Leadership for military officers, theories, Applications and new perspectives”
  • 2015 – 4th edition (SPAIN – Academia General Militar (AGM))
    Topic: “Comprehensive Education for officers to face New Security Challenges”
    2017
    5th edition (CANADA – Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean))
  • Topic: “The development of general culture and critical thinking in the training of officers and military personnel”

ISoDoMA 2017 – Program

Panel 1 – Intellectual Development in Military Academies

•        Cmdt Lee Kangho, Korean Military Academy (KMA; Korea), « Réflexion sur le développement d’un système d’enseignement multiculturel à l’Académie militaire de Corée »
•        Dr Mohamed Adel Kallala, Center for Military Research (Tunisia), « Formation intellectuelle des jeunes officiers : rôles des langues et les diversités culturelles »
•        Col d’état-major Gerges el Ghazzi, Commandant Anis Mouawad, Military Academy (Lebanon), « La formation intellectuelle et professionnelle des militaires »
•        LCol Le Jariel des Châtelets, École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr (ESM Saint-Cyr; France), « Saint-Cyr un exemple de formation intégrée qui combine formation humaine, académique et  militaire »

Panel 1 – The role and importance of Liberal Arts in the intellectual development of young officers – Section 1 : Liberal Arts

•        Capt. Santiago Cortés Fernández, Escuela Militar de Cadetes “Gral. Jose Maria Cordova” (Colombia), “The Importance of Liberal Arts in Military Preparation”
•        LCol Dong-Ha Seo, Korean Military Academy (KMA; Korea), “Can the Liberal Arts Help Us with the Question of How to Produce Good Army Officers in the Twenty-first Century”

Panel 2 – Foreign languages and cultural diversity in the intellectual development of young officers – Section 1 : Language Training

•        SLt Da Hyung Mari Sun, Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC; Canada), “Foreign Languages and Cultural Diversity in the Intellectual Development of Young Officers”

Panel 2 – Foreign languages and cultural diversity in the intellectual development of young officers – Section 1 : Language Training

•        LCol Martinez de Baños,  General Military Academy (Spain), “English readiness Plan”
•        LCol Freddy Vidal, Military School Chorrillos “Colonel Francisco Bolognesi” (Peru), “Foreign Languages and Cultural Diversity in the Intellectual Development of Young Officers”
•        Major Philippe Turbide, RMC Saint-Jean, “Presentation of the Chief Warrant Officer Osside Profession of Arms Institute: Canadian Armed Forces senior Non-Commissioned members school”

Panel 2 – Foreign languages and cultural diversity in the intellectual development of young officers – Section 2 : Social Network and Cultural Intelligence

•        LCol Insoo Kim PhD, Korean Military Academy (KMA; Korea), “Social Network Building of International Military Academy Cadets in South Korea”
•        Mr. Luis Guillermo Munoz Angulo, Cadets Military School (Colombia), “International relations as a Factor for Intercultural Training of Young Officers”
•        Col Dr. Harald Gell, Theresan Military Academy (Austria), “European initiative for the exchange of young officers inspired by Erasmus”

Panel 3 – The intellectual and professional development of military personnel – Section 1 : Competencies and Collaboration in Military Academies

•        Capt. Philipp Schaller, PhD., Staff College of the Armed Forces (Germany), “A Paradigm-Shift Towards competency-Orientation in the German Military training and Education-Observations and Learnings from the Bundeswehr command and Staff College: (Germany)”
•        Col Artur Krol, PhD & Lt.Col. Mariusz Gontarczyk,  PhD, Military Technical University (Poland), “Intellectual Knowledge and Professional Competences within Education of Military Technical Officers”
•        Mr. Artur Gruszczak, PhD, Jagiellonian University (Poland), “Achieving Synergistic Effects of collaboration Between Civil and Military Academies-The Case of Jagiellonian University”

Panel 3 – The intellectual and professional development of military personnel – Section 2 : Achieving Equilibrium in Military Education

•        LCol Marcin Bielewicz, PhD., General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Military Academy of Land Forces (Poland), “Agile Leader or Branch-oriented specialist? Whom should military academies produce?”
•        Mr. Maxime Rondeau, RMC Saint-Jean (Canada), “Achieving Equilibrium in NCO Professional Military Education: The Case of the Canadian Armed forces”
•        Lcol Enrico Spinello, The IT-Army Education and Training Command and School of Military Applied Studies, Marina Marchisio, University of Torino (Italy), “Strenghts for a Balanced Learning system for Officers Well Prepared for future challenges”
•        Col Joe Shipley, Director Directorate – Military Training & Cooperation (DMTC)
Presentation of the Military Training and Cooperation Program offered by the Department of National Defense of Canada”