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Common Core

Foundations (C100)

Establishes a foundational and conceptual baseline of instruction that sets the conditions for all subsequent learning within the Common Core and all subsequent courses: Advanced Operations Course (AOC), which includes Elective courses and, for selected students, the Advanced Military Studies Program. Foundations also helps students recognize the relevant learning opportunities available throughout CGSOC while they prepare for the professional challenges they will face in their operational career.


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Strategic Environment (C200)

Introduces theories, concepts and joint doctrine useful to understanding and analyzing: the complex international security environment, national and defense strategies, and strategic level military problems & challenges. These lessons facilitate student comprehension of the U.S. Government national security and Department of Defense organizations, processes, policies, and concepts that guide the use of the military element of national power within the overall context of national security.


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Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) Capabilities (C300)

Builds on the study of the strategic level of war introduced in the Strategic Environment (C200) series of lessons. Comprehension of the roles, functions, capabilities, and limitations of JIIM forces supports development of effective operational plans that successfully achieve national and theater objectives. These lessons provide a basic understanding of: interorganizational capabilities and coordination at both the strategic and operational levels; the roles, capabilities, limitations and operational considerations of U.S. military services, Special Operations Forces and Space Operations; multinational operational challenges and considerations are also explored.


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Joint Doctrine and Planning (C400)

- Part A, Joint Doctrine, provides the doctrinal foundation that guides and directs the planning and execution of joint operations. It shapes the employment of the service capabilities that were examined during the JIIM (C300) lessons. It also provides a basic understanding of the joint functions so students can determine critical operational level tasks derived from such sources as the Universal Joint Task List (UJTL) and then translate those tasks into actionable duties and responsibilities that students will build into a joint plan.
- Part B, provides instruction and practical exercises where students apply joint doctrine and the Joint Operation Planning Process (JOPP) using the Caucasus (GATT) scenario where they will develop, assess, compare and select various courses of action. At the conclusion of these lessons students will be able to apply the doctrinal foundations underpinning joint operations; the joint functions of command and control, intelligence, fires, movement and maneuver, sustainment and protection; and be able to develop, analyze and evaluate a doctrinally complete course of action for the operational level.


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Army Doctrine and Planning (C500)

Army Doctrine and Planning (C500) has two primary doctrinal subjects: What the Army does: unified land operations and How the Army does it: mission command.


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Ethics (E100)

Seeks to enhance students moral development by reviewing key ethical systems which are foundational to the Army's values, and by reflecting on their own moral philosophy. Successful leaders must have a personal ethical philosophy to address moral problems in the operating environment. Successful leaders are grounded on a firm moral foundation, are able to articulate their personal and professional ethical commitments in a way that demonstrates they complement each other, and are equipped with the ethical paradigms necessary to resolve personal and professional ethical issues.


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Managing Army Change (F100)

Introduces the students to the concepts, processes, agencies, and issues of change management, which provide the capabilities commanders, at all levels, need to perform their missions. The lessons then builds on that understanding to allow students to analyze the Army's change management system and to recognize their role in leading and managing change in the Army. The lessons follow the Army Force Management System as it takes the students from strategy to the capabilities and structure required by the combatant commanders. The lesson also advances the student's development as adaptive leaders and critical thinkers by scrutinizing the change management system and processes in terms of how they were designed, how they are implemented, and how they could be improved or changed.


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Rise of the Western Way of War (H100)

Is the history component of the Command and General Staff Officer Course Common Core. The lessons gives a broad perspective of the interplay between war and Western society, the nature of revolutionary military change and, through that perspective, some insights into the challenges and opportunities the US military faces today. The lessons trace the course of revolutionary changes in warfare and the related linkage between war and society from the fourteenth century to today.


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Developing Organizations and Leaders (L100)

Focuses on the challenges of developing and improving organizations and leaders. These lessons will introduce the students to a number of ideas, processes, and tools to help them do this. Using both military and civilian case studies, students will examine contemporary and timeless issues and paradigms of organizational-level leadership in full-spectrum operations. They will confront and discuss difficult challenges organizational-level leaders face, such as: Can you accomplish your mission and still fail as an organizational-level leader? Should you change a successful organization? Must your personal values align with organizational values? Why negotiate when you can use authority, force, or the threat of force to achieve unit aims? Can your organization succeed without a vision? Are you learning the right lessons from your experiences as a leader? As students wrestle with these questions, and others, and share experiences in class, their leadership perspective will expand and they will gain greater understanding of the challenges field grade officers face as they attempt to improve organizations while striving to meet the challenges in today's operational environment.


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Advanced Operation Course

CFLCC Operational Planning (O100)

Is designed to help students gain a higher level of understanding of US Service doctrine as it relates to joint operational warfighting. It focuses field grade officers on warfighting when conducting joint land operations in an operational environment and concentrates on the requisite competencies to serve successfully above the brigade combat team.


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Decisive Action: Division Operations (O200)

Builds on the concepts and methodologies introduced to students in Army Doctrine and Planning; the application of operational design in CFLCC Operational Planning; and the concepts and fundamentals of Force Generation. It is the only curriculum theme totally devoted to both planning and executing major operations at the tactical level.


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Decisive Action: Brigade Operations (O300)

Builds on doctrinal concepts and methodologies from Army Doctrine and Planning and is a continuation of CFLCC Operational Campaign Planning and Decisive Action: Division Operations (O200). Students develop training and deployment plans and execute missions in extended campaigns. Students foster their understanding of applying operational art in tactical planning and continue to develop cognitive processes. It increases their ability to understand, visualize, and describe the operational environment; frame complex problems; and direct staffs during planning, preparation, execution, and assessment of tactical plans to achieve a desired end state.


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Military Innovations in Peace and War (H200)

Explores military change and innovation in the interwar period (1919-39) and the consequences of that innovation during World War II (1939-45). The block begins where H100 ended, with the stalemate and innovation that characterized military art and science at the end of the Great War. In succeeding lessons, students will trace the development of new technologies and doctrines from the perspectives of major world players. Finally, students will examine the results of these changes in the cauldron of World War II. Few of the innovations worked perfectly; some were abysmal failures. Nonetheless, students will have an opportunity to derive insights to help them participate in the changing military today, and to contribute to understanding the challenges faced by our changing Army in today's operational environment.


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Roots of Today's Operational Environment (H300)

This is the final parallel history component of the Command and General Staff Officer Course. These lessons build on the historical insights developed in the CGSOC Common Core (H100) and H200 while developing a base knowledge of military history to enhance professional judgment. The Roots of Today's Operational Environment block provides a broad perspective of the historical conflicts that reflect similar challenges and opportunities to those faced by today's US military. One of the key critical reasoning skills students will employ in these lesson is identifying the limitations of historical analogy. Although many of the events they will study display great similarities to current realities, it will be important for them to recognize where and why the similarities end. Ultimately, these lesson will give the students a deeper historical appreciation and understanding for the strategic and operational realities they will face upon graduation.


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Leadership Applied (L200)

Builds on the foundation established in the Common Cores L100 series of lessons. The focus in L100 was analyzing how organizational-level leaders improve organizations while operating to accomplish the mission. In these lessons, the objective is to build on the framework of "improving while operating" by integrating this organizational-level leadership perspective within a warfighting setting using a commander's point of view. Students will do this through a series of historical cases ranging from World War II to fighting in today's operational environment. All of the cases occur in a spectrum of conflict framed in uncertainty, complexity, ethical challenges, and physical and psychological stresses. By looking through the eyes of a commander and using elements of mission command to organize their thought process, students should gain a better understanding of how to apply the "improving while operating" constructs from L100 to their next operational assignment to successfully lead, develop, and achieve results as an organizational leader in any type of operation.


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Select either the "DOD Request" (which means you have a Comman Access Card (CAC)) or the "Civilian Request" button. Complete the form and select "Send Request". The request is sent via email to the Visits and Ceremonies office. Requests will be compiled and reviewed by the Guest Speaker Board semi-monthly. The Speaker Board will make recommendations to the College Leadership for approval and final decision. Results will be emailed back to the email you provided on your submitted form. You may call with any questions to (913) 684-2420.





















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Fort Belvoir, Fort Gordon, Fort Lee, Redstone Arsenal


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Foundations (C100)

Establishes a foundational and conceptual baseline of instruction that sets the conditions for all subsequent learning within the Common Core and all subsequent courses: Advanced Operations Course (AOC), which includes Elective courses and, for selected students, the Advanced Military Studies Program. Foundations also helps students recognize the relevant learning opportunities available throughout CGSOC while they prepare for the professional challenges they will face in their operational career.


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Strategic Environment (C200)

Introduces theories, concepts and joint doctrine useful to understanding and analyzing: the complex international security environment, national and defense strategies, and strategic level military problems & challenges. These lessons facilitate student comprehension of the U.S. Government national security and Department of Defense organizations, processes, policies, and concepts that guide the use of the military element of national power within the overall context of national security.


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Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) Capabilities (C300)

Builds on the study of the strategic level of war introduced in the Strategic Environment (C200) series of lessons. Comprehension of the roles, functions, capabilities, and limitations of JIIM forces supports development of effective operational plans that successfully achieve national and theater objectives. These lessons provide a basic understanding of: interorganizational capabilities and coordination at both the strategic and operational levels; the roles, capabilities, limitations and operational considerations of U.S. military services, Special Operations Forces and Space Operations; multinational operational challenges and considerations are also explored.


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Joint Doctrine and Planning (C400)

- Part A, Joint Doctrine, provides the doctrinal foundation that guides and directs the planning and execution of joint operations. It shapes the employment of the service capabilities that were examined during the JIIM (C300) lessons. It also provides a basic understanding of the joint functions so students can determine critical operational level tasks derived from such sources as the Universal Joint Task List (UJTL) and then translate those tasks into actionable duties and responsibilities that students will build into a joint plan.
- Part B, provides instruction and practical exercises where students apply joint doctrine and the Joint Operation Planning Process (JOPP) using the Caucasus (GATT) scenario where they will develop, assess, compare and select various courses of action. At the conclusion of these lessons students will be able to apply the doctrinal foundations underpinning joint operations; the joint functions of command and control, intelligence, fires, movement and maneuver, sustainment and protection; and be able to develop, analyze and evaluate a doctrinally complete course of action for the operational level.


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Army Doctrine and Planning (C500)

Army Doctrine and Planning (C500) has two primary doctrinal subjects: What the Army does: unified land operations and How the Army does it: mission command.


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Ethics (E100)

Seeks to enhance students moral development by reviewing key ethical systems which are foundational to the Army's values, and by reflecting on their own moral philosophy. Successful leaders must have a personal ethical philosophy to address moral problems in the operating environment. Successful leaders are grounded on a firm moral foundation, are able to articulate their personal and professional ethical commitments in a way that demonstrates they complement each other, and are equipped with the ethical paradigms necessary to resolve personal and professional ethical issues.


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Managing Army Change (F100)

Introduces the students to the concepts, processes, agencies, and issues of change management, which provide the capabilities commanders, at all levels, need to perform their missions. The lessons then builds on that understanding to allow students to analyze the Army's change management system and to recognize their role in leading and managing change in the Army. The lessons follow the Army Force Management System as it takes the students from strategy to the capabilities and structure required by the combatant commanders. The lesson also advances the student's development as adaptive leaders and critical thinkers by scrutinizing the change management system and processes in terms of how they were designed, how they are implemented, and how they could be improved or changed.


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Rise of the Western Way of War (H100)

Is the history component of the Command and General Staff Officer Course Common Core. The lessons gives a broad perspective of the interplay between war and Western society, the nature of revolutionary military change and, through that perspective, some insights into the challenges and opportunities the US military faces today. The lessons trace the course of revolutionary changes in warfare and the related linkage between war and society from the fourteenth century to today.


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Developing Organizations and Leaders (L100)

Focuses on the challenges of developing and improving organizations and leaders. These lessons will introduce the students to a number of ideas, processes, and tools to help them do this. Using both military and civilian case studies, students will examine contemporary and timeless issues and paradigms of organizational-level leadership in full-spectrum operations. They will confront and discuss difficult challenges organizational-level leaders face, such as: Can you accomplish your mission and still fail as an organizational-level leader? Should you change a successful organization? Must your personal values align with organizational values? Why negotiate when you can use authority, force, or the threat of force to achieve unit aims? Can your organization succeed without a vision? Are you learning the right lessons from your experiences as a leader? As students wrestle with these questions, and others, and share experiences in class, their leadership perspective will expand and they will gain greater understanding of the challenges field grade officers face as they attempt to improve organizations while striving to meet the challenges in today's operational environment.


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This is an image of an estimated timeline for a Satellite course, covering 16 weeks.  Foundations (C100) is covered in Week 1.  Strategic Environment (C200) is covered in Weeks 2 through 7.  Ethics (E100), Rise of the Western Way of War (H100), Developing Organizations and Leaders (L100), and Managing Army Change (F100) are all covered in Weeks 2 through 14.  Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) Capabilities (C300) is covered in Weeks 4 through 7.  Joint Doctrine and Planning (C400) is covered in Weeks 8 through 10 and in Weeks 11 through 14.  Army Doctrine and Planning (C500) is covered in Weeks 15-16.



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AMSP

Theory of Operational Art (TOA)

The Theory of Operational Art course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to analyze and assess military theories of war and warfare in order to: define the linkage between theory, as a lens for analysis, history, as warfare unfolds in the modern era from the late 18th century to the present, and doctrine, both at the time of its writing in the era of modern war and today with Unified Land Operations. Divided into four parts, the course presents two topical treatments and two chronological treatments of the theories and interpretations of war and warfare as uniquely and fully embedded in human social and political affairs across the modern period from the end of the eighteenth century to today.


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Evolutions of Operational Art (EOA)

Evolutions of Operational Art is a course about the practice of operational art—the pursuit of strategic objectives through the arrangement of tactical actions in time, space, and purpose. Several lessons are paired to demonstrate trends, successes and failures, and other aspects. Evolutions of Operational Art provides SAMS students with a deeper understanding of the burdens, responsibilities, and opportunities for operational artists.


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Strategic Context of Operational Art (SCOA)

Strategic Context of Operational Art provides AMSP students with a deeper understanding of the broader political context in which military force plays a role and, specifically, U.S. military force is employed. The purpose of this course is to develop in the student a sophisticated approach to understanding politics in an abstract, objective manner. It centers on an understanding of politics as the strategic interaction of political actors at various levels of aggregation, and the way that this interaction results in a complex adaptive system. This course aims to generate within the students the habits of mind and patterns of inquiry that will enable them to evaluate the complex.


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Design and Operational Art (DOA)

The design course teaches the application of conceptual planning in environments that pose unfamiliar, complex military and socio-political problems. Using the Army Design Methodology found in ADP 5-0 and ADRP 5-0, the course fosters the small-group leadership and communication skills that are essential to approaching complex problems in highly fluid environments. The course lessons use an integrated approach, linking history, theory, doctrine, and practice within lessons and across the program. The lessons are cumulative, building student understanding of the Army Design Methodology through repetition. The course contributes directly to two AMSP outcomes: the application of critical thinking skills to solving complex problems and the demonstration of effective


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Morality and War (M&W)

Upon graduation from the School of Advanced Military Studies, AMSP students are prepared to evaluate the moral constraints and the moral implications of operational actions in war. In the Morality and War course, students draw on theory and history to evaluate the moral dilemmas in war. Three theoretical ideas areas are introduced in this course: justice of war; justice in war; and justice after war. Students use secondary readings, class discussions, and guest speakers to evaluate these ideas and the resulting moral dilemmas caused by war.


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Contemporary Operational Art (COA)

Upon graduation from the School of Advanced Military Studies, AMSP students will "[understand] the complexities of past and future operational environments." In this course, students draw on previous courses to synthesize elements of contemporary operational art. Since no one commands a monopoly of knowledge on what the future holds, instead of preparing students for a specific future, this course exposes students to a wide range of thought on future warfare, thus teaching them how to think about the future instead of what to think. Student groups will also use readings, class discussion, and group work to generate scenarios that would influence future military campaigns.


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ASLSP

National Security Structures (N100)

National Security Structures is an introductory course that continues the discussion begun in Strategic Leadership. Strategic Leadership introduced key questions, including "What is Strategy?" and "How is Strategy formulated in our system of government?" In the National Security Structures course, the students undertake a series of lessons that introduce the strategic decision-making apparatus, developed by the Constitutional Framers, that is the myriad of branches, offices, and functionaries working inside and outside the Federal government to affect national policy.


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Art of Design (D200)

Design and Operational Art is a 2-week course that provides and introduction to the Army Design Methodology. This course provides historical examples along with theory and doctrine to introduce the key concepts underpinning the Army design methodology. The Army design methodology is one of three Army planning methodologies outlined in Chapter 2 of ADRP 5-0, The Operations Process. As the Army doctrine points out the "Army design methodology is particularly useful as an aid to conceptual planning, but must be integrated with the detailed planning typically associated with MDMP to produce executable plans." The course focuses on the key concepts that underline the Army design methodology: critical and creative thinking; collaboration and dialogue; framing; narrative construction; and visual modeling.


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US Civil-Military Relations (C300)

Civil-Military Relations (CMR) is a four-week excursion into American civil-military relations and the changing nature of war and warfare. This course asks two questions: how do you connect the dots between national war aims all the way thru the levels of war to the tactical level with (insert current doctrine here) as your doctrinal centerpiece? What does it mean to the war effort when your concept of the nature of war and/or warfare, as formulated in your doctrine, is shown to be inadequate (if not flat out wrong)? Part of the intent of this course is to hone skills at questioning what changes and what remains the same -- how can we actually determine if we have gone through, or if history went through, a paradigm shift. To approach answers to these two critical questions, we address several critical issues, sometimes all in one day, frequently only several of these on a single day, as we move through the chronology of American military history.


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Regional Issues & US Security (R400)

Regional Issues & US Security is divided into three regional studies blocks, focused on Europe and Africa, the Pacific, and the Middle East.
   The European and African Regional Studies block of the Regional Studies and US Security course is an examination of contemporary issues that have strategic importance for the nations of Europe and Africa, as well as the United States. The course and the accompanying field work provides students with a deeper understanding of European collective security structures, in particular NATO and the EU, as well as an appreciation for the roles of US EUCOM and AFRICOM and the major issues facing these organizations.
   The Asian and Pacific Studies block is an excursion into the prominent security issues facing US policy makers and the military in the 21st century, an era which some have begun to call the Asian century. Region-specific class lessons are designed to provide a broad overview of the characteristics and economic issues of countries in the region, focusing in on the major military and economic players. The course examines the US military apparatus responsible for the region, looking at the overarching issues at the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), theater strategy and capabilities, as well as individual service components, their service strategies, and how they view the Area of Responsibility (AOR).
   The Middle East Regional Studies block focuses on the rich, diverse history and culture of the region. Additionally, the course will survey the current challenges in the region while investigating and discussing future opportunities for stability and economic growth throughout the Middle East. Most of the students have served in the region and have a wealth of personal experiences and observations to bring this course. The readings and discussions will put those experiences into a contextual framework allowing the student greater insight into the region. The course will consist of nine classroom lessons with a two week field trip to the region.


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Twenty-first Century Conflict (T500)

Twenty-first Century Conflict is a seven-week excursion into American military operations and the changing nature of war and warfare since 1991. Part of the intent of this course is to hone skills at questioning what changes and what remains the same -- how can we actually determine if we have gone through, or if history went through, a paradigm shift. The TCC course includes fifteen class lessons, seven days of fieldwork, and four days of design and JOPP practice. Two of the class lessons are designed to provide an introduction to the nature of American foreign policy. One class session provides the theoretical background for a detailed discussion of six campaigns as possible prototypes for future operations. The course relies on the groundwork provided in the National Security Structures and CMR blocks and serves as a conclusion to the earlier course on Design. Academic lessons are conducted at the seminar level and will be held in the seminar room. Students are exposed to a wide range of readings which include theorists, historians, journalists, and political scientists who have published works on operations and engagements since 1991.


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Strategic Leader Development (L600)

Strategic Leader Development defines strategy and strategic leadership in terms of the military's role in national security issues. The course provides historical examples along with moral and ethical dilemma problems to provide a transition from tactical level leadership to the strategic—the so-called "Coin of the Realm" of leadership. Courseware provides future strategic leaders with the cognitive skills to operate in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) operating environment. The course fundamentally asks 'what is strategy?', 'what is strategic leadership?' and 'how do you as previous tactical, or direct, commanders make the transition to strategic, or indirect, leadership?' The intent of the course is to answer these questions and provide a basis upon which the ASLSP students can mentor and develop junior officers to suit the needs of the individual services and the Joint Force.


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This is an image of a sample Advanced Military Studies Program.  There are currently 2 classes each year.  The Winter class begins in January and the Summer class begins in July.  Each class has Theory of Operational Art first, followed by an Exercise, then Evolutions of Operational Art, followed by an Exercise, then Strategic Context of Operational Art, followed by Morality and War, a holiday break, and an Exercise.  Next is Design and Operational Art, followed by an Exercise and finishing up with Contemporary Operational Art and Exams.

This is an image of a sample Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program. This course begins in June and graduates the following May.  The class begins with Strategic Leader Development, then National Security Structures followed by some D.C. Fieldwork.  Next is Art of Design, followed by a Design Exercise, then the first two portions of the Regional Issues & U.S. Security, followed by the Fieldwork. U.S. Civil-Military Relations is next, followed by a Continental U.S. Fieldwork, a Commander Exercise, and a mid-term exam.  The final portion of Regional Issues & U.S. Security follows that, then some Fieldwork and Exercise.  After that is the Twenty-first Century Conflict, Monograph work, and a C.O.C.O.M. Exercise.  The Program ends with more Strategic Leader Development, some T.R.A.N.S.C.O.M. Fieldwork and Exams.



DOD Request      Civilian Request



Select either the "DOD Request" (which means you have a Comman Access Card (CAC)) or the "Civilian Request" button. Complete the form and select "Send Request". The request is sent via email to the Visits and Ceremonies office. Requests will be compiled and reviewed by the Guest Speaker Board semi-monthly. The Speaker Board will make recommendations to the College Leadership for approval and final decision. Results will be emailed back to the email you provided on your submitted form. You may call with any questions to (913) 684-2420.




Request to Speak at SCP

Requests for speaking to any School for Command Prep program are approved at the Army level. All requests for speakers should be coordinated with the Director of the Army Staff.



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