As Qatar continues to buy billions of dollars worth of new military hardware, the country’s armed forces is looking to beef up training of its senior staff.

The nation’s Ministry of Defense recently signed a three-year, US$43.92 million (QR159.89 million) contract with UK-based Serco to run courses for mid-level officers, such as majors and lieutenant-colonels, from the Qatari Emiri Navy, Army and Air Force.

Some 40 students have already started a year-long course at the Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College, which opened last May. It’s based on the UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College, which Serco has managed and operated for more than a decade. […]