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The Joint Military Operations (JMO) Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) curriculum focuses on joint warfighting at the theater-strategic and operational levels of war. The JMO course prepares future military and civilian leaders for high-level policy, command, and staff positions requiring joint planning expertise and joint warfighting skills. It emphasizes the theory and practice of operational art as it relates to maritime and joint forces.

The JMO student will learn to apply operational art, the Joint Operation Planning Process (JOPP) and critical thinking skills in a seminar environment to creatively employ joint forces to achieve national, theater-strategic, and operational objectives. In addition, extensive faculty and student interaction in seminar fosters professional joint attitudes and perspectives essential to successful military operations.

The Joint Military Operations course is an in-depth study of the theater-strategic and operational levels of war across the range of military operations. This course builds upon the learning objectives of Joint Professional Military Education as defined in the Joint Staff Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP), and upon the Naval War College’s National Security and Decision Making (NSDM) and Strategy and Policy (S&P) curricula.

Whereas NSDM and S&P emphasize national military strategy development, as well as the nation’s imperative for matching policy to strategic goals, the JMO course prepares students for the operational arena by emphasizing operational planning and joint force application to achieve military objectives. It examines joint operations from the standpoint of the combatant commander (CCDR) and Joint Task Force (JTF) commander with a particular emphasis on maritime operations. It further develops joint attitudes and perspectives and increases understanding of service cultures. By studying an array of case studies, the JMO student is challenged with four enduring questions from the perspective of a joint force commander and his staff:

  • What conditions are required to achieve the objectives? (Ends)
  • What sequence of actions is most likely to create those conditions? (Ways)
  • What resources are required to accomplish that sequence of actions? (Means)
  • What is the likely cost or risk in performing that sequence of actions?

The ability of the commander and his staff to answer these questions and to balance their outcomes is a foundation of operational art.

Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of the Joint Military Operations course of study, the student shall be:

  • Proficient in applying operational art to joint warfighting and the joint planning processes
  • Competent in planning campaigns and operations that integrate and leverage military & non-military capabilities
  • Informed and effective joint & maritime advocates at JFC/Combatant CDR level; strategically-minded leaders capable of critical thinking
  • Skilled in aligning and maximizing capabilities across components, services, agencies, and international forces
  • Imbued with a joint perspective; fluent in joint concepts, doctrine, systems, languages and processes.

The Joint Military Operations course emphasizes the use of the Military Planning Process to carefully evaluate assigned tasks and produce effective courses of action at the operational level of war that incorporate all aspects of national power. Over the course of the semester, students are provided materials that allow them to consider joint capabilities and doctrine within the theoretical construct of operational art. Once armed with these concepts, the student is well equipped to examine historical and real world case studies as a military professional and propose clear and creative solutions to the most challenging and ambiguous problems. The course curriculum is presented to the student through a range of lectures, seminars, and student-led projects.

The majority of the student’s learning is conducted in seminar. The fifteen-person seminar is comprised of members of the U.S. and international armed forces as well as U.S. Government members. The seminar is the fundamental learning forum for this course of instruction. Student expertise is a significant part of the learning process. For a seminar to succeed there must be open and candid sharing of ideas and experiences, tempered with decorum. Successful seminars—that is, seminars whose members leave with the greatest knowledge—are those made up of members who come to each lesson “loaded” with questions based on thorough preparation. Most students leave the seminar with new insights, or even more thought-provoking questions. Student preparation, free and open discussion, and the open-minded consideration of other students’ ideas, all contribute to a valuable seminar experience. The “one-third” rule is the keystone of the seminar approach. The first third is a well-constructed, relevant curriculum. The second third is a quality JMO faculty member to present the material and guide the discussion, and the most important third is the participation of the individual students. Only by thoroughly preparing for seminar lessons can students become that active catalyst that generates “positive and engaging” seminar interaction.

All students are required to write a research paper that critically examines an aspect of the course material. The Operations Research Paper presents an opportunity to study a theater-strategic or operational level issue, conduct research, perform analysis, and prepare a paper that advances the literature and demonstrates critical reasoning skills It requires independent thought and graduate-level writing. Papers often serve to stimulate innovative thinking and to provide valuable information to service and joint staffs.

The final event in the JMO curriculum is a CAPSTONE Planning Exercise. The purpose of the exercise is to synthesize and reinforce course material through practical application in a realistic staff environment. Students will leverage an existing Concept Plan using the crisis action planning process. This is an educational planning exercise that provides an opportunity to apply the principles and concepts studied throughout the trimester.

Resident Course Descriptions

Joint Military Operations
College of Naval Warfare
Naval Command College
13 weeks

The Joint Military Operations Senior Level (SLC) Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase II curriculum is designed to prepare future military and civilian leaders for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities requiring joint and service operational expertise and warfighting skills. Accordingly, students are educated in the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic dimensions of the strategic security environment and the effect of those dimensions on strategy formulation, implementation, and campaigning. The goal of the Phase II program at the Naval War College is to build on the foundation established by the institutions teaching Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I. In addition, the faculty and student interaction in the joint environment of the Phase II classroom fosters professional joint attitudes and perspectives essential to successful military operations.

JPME phase II outcomes include students who are strategically minded, critically thinking leaders who are skilled in maritime and joint warfighting. Upon completion of the JMO Phase II course, students will be:

  • Skilled in formulating an executing strategy and U.S. policy through the integrated employment of military and non-military instruments of national power
  • Skilled in joint warfighting, theater strategy and campaign planning through the application of operational art to the joint warfighting and Navy and joint planning processes
  • Capable of strategically minded critical thinking across the full spectrum of national security environments
  • Skilled in aligning and maximizing capabilities across components, services, agencies, and international forces
  • Capable of excelling in positions of strategic leadership in peace, crisis and war.

Joint Maritime Operations
College of Naval Command and Staff
Naval Staff College
17 weeks

The Joint Maritime Operations Intermediate Level Course (ILC), Navy Professional Military Education (PME) with Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I curriculum, is designed to prepare mid-career U.S. and international military officers and civilians to (1) effectively apply the Joint/Navy Planning Process to meet national security challenges, (2) creatively apply Operational Art in maritime, joint, interagency, and multinational environments, (3) exercise critical thought, particularly as it pertains to operational level decision-making and leadership, (4) efficiently conduct staff officer duties on major operational staffs and (5) understand the maritime dimensions of operational warfare. Once grounded in operational art, JMO students learn to balance the ways, means, ends, and risks to achieve national, theater-strategic, and operational objectives, as well as develop operational designs using service and joint doctrine.

JPME Phase I outcomes include students who are critically thinking planners and leaders with a maritime, operational level perspective. Upon completion of the JMO Phase I course, students will be:

  • Skilled in applying operational art to maritime, joint and multinational warfighting environments
  • Skilled in applying Sea Power to achieve strategic effects across the range of military operations
  • Skilled in the applying the joint and Navy planning processes in contingency and crisis action scenarios
  • Capable of critical thought with operational perspectives
  • Prepared for operational level leadership challenges by fostering collaborative relations, building teams and trust
  • Effective maritime spokespersons well versed in the maritime dimensions of warfare.

Joint Military Operations
Naval Staff College
4 weeks

Preparation of mid-grade international officers for positions of responsibility within their respective national defense organizations. The main goal of the course is to prepare students to (1) effectively apply the Joint/Navy Planning Process to meet national security challenges, (2) creatively apply Operational Art in maritime, joint, interagency, and multinational environments, and (3) exercise critical thought, particularly as it pertains to operational level decision making and leadership.

Reserve Officer Joint Maritime Operations
Reserve Officers
2 weeks

Joint Maritime Operations Course for Reserve Officers is an intensive two week program intended to improve the students’ ability to plan the employment of U.S. military forces in joint and combined operational environments ranging from peacetime presence to conventional war. To this end, students study the process of maritime operational decision-making and the concepts that must be considered when making those decisions. The course involves extensive reading assignments, seminar discussions and a practical planning exercise to achieve learning objectives.

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