Classroom presentations by distinguished guest lecturers examine topics such as: U.S. strategic interests; threats to U.S. national security; the intelligence community and its capability to monitor the threat; the formulation of national security policy; strategic/operation planning; command responsibility; military and Congress; joint/combined operations; defense structure, issue, and organization; foreign policy; and military strategy at various levels.
Local Area Field Studies
The objective of the local area studies is to provide Fellows with a better understanding of principal national security agencies in the Washington area. Emphasis is placed on meeting with the Service Senior Enlisted Leaders, agency heads and Joint Staff directors. Local area studies are spread throughout the course.
CONUS Field Studies
The objective of the CONUS field studies is to ensure Fellows increase their understanding of the Unified Commands headquartered in the U.S. Discussions with several Combatant Commands and Joint Task Force Commands are included in this portion of the course. CONUS travel is via military air.
Joint Operations Module
Joint Operations Module (JOM) is a three-day course of instruction conducted at Joint Staff J7 in Suffolk, VA. Its purpose is to enhance the Fellows comprehension of and appreciation for joint doctrine and the Joint Operational Art through a program of instruction that uses the life cycle of a Joint Task Force (forming, planning, deployment, employment, transition, and redeployment) as the training vehicle. The learning strategy is built around seminars and small group interactive practical exercises that emphasize critical Joint Force Commander issues and lessons learned. Senior Fellows, observer/trainers, and various subject matter experts will support the Fellows in their efforts.