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Joint Military Operations (JMO) Department Professors Col. Mark Harysch and Steve Forand visited the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., Feb. 2 to 3, to examine how the Army War College conducts planning exercises.

Harysch and Forand were hosted by Professor Robert Coon, course director for the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations. The objective was to learn "best practices" that can be applied in the Naval War College's JMO Department.

Two years ago the Army War College changed its approach in educating senior military planners. Rather than lead students through the steps of the planning process in an exercise, instructors at the Army War College now have students critically examine materials generated by the faculty. The stated goal is to educate students to be critical consumers of information produced by their staffs.

"Observing how our sister schools educate planners will help us improve JMO and our faculty in an ever-changing educational environment," Harysch said.

The JMO Department is investigating how to apply some of the ideas from Carlisle to the senior level curriculum. While the students at the Army War College bring a different set of experiences and skill sets, all Joint Professional Military Education Phase II graduates will be expected to serve effectively in joint billets in the future. Benchmarking between the different professional military education colleges will give students a common framework.

The JMO course is an in-depth study of the theater-strategic and operational levels of war across the range of military operations. To learn more about the JMO curriculum, click here.

From NWC Joint Military Operations Department