The purpose of the flag level Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Course is to develop a network of leaders, focused on the operational level, in support of cooperation in the theater, oriented toward maritime security. It serves as a forum to develop and deepen relationships based upon trust and confidence among stakeholders/nations in the framework of regional challenges. It also helps to evolve the Combined Maritime Command and Control concepts and mechanisms, while advancing the understanding of those security issues facing participating nations.
The CFMCC Flag Course provides executive-level Attendees with the background and the perspective to effectively and efficiently integrate unique maritime capabilities within the combined force, in support of the objectives of the combined force (while recognizing the possibility of competing national objectives of participating nations).
In addition to international Naval attendees, U.S. attendees come from each of the military services, to include the US Coast Guard, as selected by their service headquarters. As the senior executive component of the Navy's Professional Military Education (PME) continuum, and part of the senior joint PME continuum, the CFMCC Flag Course addresses the practical challenges confronting the maritime operational commander. Actual regional concerns, and the CFMCC capabilities to address those concerns, are the basis for course discussions and study. Further, the course considers existing CFMCC concepts and doctrine, operational-level capabilities, command and control processes and applications, and the considerations and expectations of the combined force commander as well as supporting functional component commanders.
The course is based upon the principles of transparency, non-attribution, and mutual respect for participants to provide a comfortable forum for open discussion of issues to facilitate a better understanding of the various perspectives involved in a combined force. The course also brings in experienced subject matter experts as session instructors to develop perspectives necessary to effectively employ naval forces as a joint, coalition, or interagency environment.
Purpose: Improve the effectiveness of senior leaders (Flag and General Officers) who routinely function together at the operational level of command and control.
- Develop and deepen relationships based on trust and confidence among partner nations in the framework of regional challenges.
- Serve as a forum to evolve Combined Maritime Command and Control concepts and mechanisms, and eliminate impediments to effective coordination
- Advance the understanding of those security issues facing participating nations.
- To provide a forum for open and candid discussion, this course is based upon the principles of transparency, non-attribution, and mutual respect.
Dates for upcoming courses are provided below. For further information about these courses, please send e-mail to the CFMCC Flag Course Coordinator. US Navy flag officers who are interested in assignment to a CFMCC Courses should contact the USN Flag Matters staff at (703) 695-4989.
CFMCC 12-4C November 11 - 14 2012 Manama, Bahrain
CFMCC 13-1C February 07 -13 2013 Pearl Harbor, HI
For further information about this course and to obtain passwords, please send e-mail to the
CFMCC Flag Course Support Coordinator.