NEWPORT, R.I. (June 3, 2013) Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Corrigan (left) and Lt. Cmdr. Kim DaCosta (right), joint military operations (JMO) course students at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., field questions during a mock press briefing as part of the JMO Capstone Exercise. The exercise is a three-week long planning scenario that tests students' ability to utilize political-military coordination, coalition operations, time-sensitive analysis and staff interaction. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Dietrich/Released)

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alice C. Hall, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
June 5, 2013

NEWPORT, RI – Three-hundred seven joint service, international and civilian students taking the joint military operations (JMO) course at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I., are participating in the JMO Capstone Exercise at NWC, May 24 to June 14.

“It’s designed as the final exercise for the JMO trimester,” said associate professor Paul Povlock, JMO capstone exercise director. “Students get to use all the various things that they learned throughout the semester and put it together in one final planning exercise.”

Using the military planning process students carefully evaluate their assigned tasks and produce effective courses of action for joint and combined operational environments.

“Many [students] have great experience in planning exercises. They now get to use the joint planning process in order to look at a couple of different military problems, which they are expected to solve,” said Povlock.

The JMO sequence of events starts when students receive a scenario from course moderators and have to solve a problem. Students then evaluate the scenarios and determine appropriate courses of action and possible solutions. From the beginning of the JMO course to completion of the exercise, the process is an overall collaborative experience.

The JMO course is a 17 weeklong course designed to prepare future military and civilian leaders for command and staff positions, which require joint planning expertise and joint war fighting skills. It emphasizes the theory and practice of operational art; the cognitive approach by commanders to develop strategies, campaigns, and operations to organize and employ military forces by integrating ends, ways and means, as it relates to maritime and joint forces.

“Through the different stages we learn operational art, operational design and there’s a different aspect of each block that all comes together during this capstone course that we use for planning amphibious assaults and planning operations,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Larish, JMO course student.

Over the course of the semester, students analyze various scenarios that allow them to consider joint capabilities and doctrine within the theoretical construct of operational art.

“Looking at previous wars or battles, we can dissect them and figure out how they came up with a plan. That gives us the building blocks or baseline we can use,” said Larish.

Once armed with these concepts, students are 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.

More information on the JMO course, visit U.S. Naval War College website at:

Edited by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl
Posted by Daniel S. Marciniak

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