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By Rosalie Bolender, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
June 16, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Three-hundred twelve joint military, civilian and international students attending the College of Naval Command and Staff (CNCS) at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island completed the Joint Maritime Operations (JMO) course, June 16.

Having demonstrated their ability to serve as competent future leaders and decision makers in the joint and Navy planning processes, 145 Navy, 61 Army, 27 Air Force, 20 Marine Corps, five Coast Guard, 43 international and 11 civilians, confidently look toward their next assignments.

"I feel more confident as a leader based on the knowledge I've gained about other services. Competence is a key piece of credibility and credibility breeds confidence," said Air Force Maj. Nevah Jones, a JMO student.

Following four months of seminars, group projects, discussions, research papers and exams, students then participated in a two-week capstone planning-exercise, intended to simulate real-world operations.

"The capstone is a realistic replication of a sub-joint task force response to a real life crisis," said Jones. "Knowing I can walk into a joint situation and speak specifically to Navy/Army capabilities and how they relate to the Air Force perspective is a good feeling."

The CNCS JMO course is designed to develop intermediate level students' problem solving, critical thinking, group planning, and leadership skills as applied to the operations of maritime, joint, interagency and multinational warfighting environments.

"Our students get a very broad educational experience and exposure to many of the issues that the Navy and the joint force are grappling with today," said Alan Abramson, NWC professor and chairman of the Joint Military Operations Department. "We're preparing them for future positions of authority either as senior staff members or as commanders in the fleet or in the joint force."

Completion of the course also signifies the end of the third and final trimester for most CNCS students. Approximately 65 percent of the class will graduate June 20, while the rest will complete their course of study next academic year.