About the Command and General Staff College
Six departments compose CGSS. These departments are as follows:
Department of Army Tactics (DTAC). The DTAC provides a program of instruction throughout the Army that grows leaders to plan, execute, and command in full spectrum and combined arms operations for a campaign-quality Army with joint and expeditionary capabilities. The DTAC is responsible for the curriculum development of C400, Tactical Studies, of the CGSOC Common Core. In addition, DTAC develops the curriculum for two blocks in AOWC: W200, Warfighting at the Division Level, and W300, Brigade Combat Team.
Department of Command and Leadership(DCL). The DCL educates and develops CGSOC officers in the ever-demanding art and science of organizational-level leadership, and develops resident and non-resident curriculum to challenge and educate officers in the numerous and demanding aspects of organizational –level leadership. DCL develops curriculum for two blocks in CGSOC Common Core: C100, Foundations, and L100, Forging Success in Uncertain Times. In AOWC, DCL offers a full range of elective offerings supporting and enhancing L100 and provides leadership and administration within the College for language and media instruction.
Department of Distance Education (DDE). The DDE manages programs that develop leaders prepared to execute full-spectrum joint, interagency, and multinational operations through non-traditional means. The DDE manages, distributes, and administers The Army School System (TASS) Reserve School Course (formerly known as the “M” Course) and the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Course (formerly known as the “S” Course).
Department Of Joint, Interagency And Multinational Operations (DJIMO). The DJIMO develops curriculum designed to educate officers in the planning and execution of joint, multinational, and interagency operations during peace, conflict, and war, with emphasis at the operational level of war. The DJIMO is responsible for C200, Strategic Studies, and C300, Operational Studies in the CGSOC common core. In AOWC, DJIMO is responsible for W100, C/JFLCC Operations. Unique to DJIMO are the two specialty tracks for which they have responsibility: Joint Advanced Warfighting Studies and Special Operations Forces.
Department Of Logistics And Resource Operations (DLRO). The DLRO Educate, train, and develop officers in the art and science of force sustainment to include: logistics, human resource management, financial management, medical logistics and introduce contracting and the force management process across joint, interagency and multinational operations. Present force sustainment instruction at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, incorporating Army land component, joint, interagency and multinational operations. Develop all force sustainment and force management-oriented courseware for the Intermediate Level of Education (ILE) Command & General Staff Officers Course in support of resident and distance learning. DLRO is responsible for the curriculum development of two blocks: F100, Force Management, of the CGSOC Common Core and K200, Operational Contract Support, in AOC. Additionally, DLRO develops individual sustainment lessons within numerous other CGSOC blocks.
Department of Military History (DMH). The DMH educates CGSOC students in critical thinking skills and equips them with historical perspectives that make them better prepared to achieve the nation’s objectives in war and peace. The DMH develops the curriculum for H100, Rise of the Western Way of War, in the CGSOC Common Core, In AOWC, DMH develops the curriculum for H200, Military Innovation in the Interwar Period, and H300, The Roots of the Contemporary Operational Environment (COE).
Air Force Element (AFELM). The mission of the AFELM is to educate future senior leaders participating in the United States Army Command an on principles and applications of air and space power as well as strategic, operational, and tactical use of military force. Provide service support to the assigned Air Force students and permanent party personnel. Provide liaison between Army and Air Force Doctrine developers and between the Command and General Staff College and Air University.
Marine Corps Element (MCELM) provides liaison between the Combined Arms Center, Command and General Staff College and Marine Corps Commands. The MCELM develops and presents curriculum emphasizing USMC doctrine, organization, roles, missions, capabilities and limitations to CGSC. The MCELM also provides administrative and other support to all Marines assigned to Post and to Marine inmates confined to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks.
Navy Element (NAVELM). Provide liaison between the CAC, CGSC, and the activities and personnel of the U.S. Navy; provide administrative control and support to all Navy students and staff at CGSC; and directly support the CGSC education and advancement missions.
Accreditation Coordination Division (ACD) serves as CGSC’s integrator to ensure the college sustains accreditation credentials to deliver joint professional military education (JPME), Army professional military education (PME), civilian degree-granting programs, and occupational/career educational programs unique to the Army Management Staff College (AMSC) as outlined below.
Army Management Staff College (AMSC)located at Fort Belvoir educates and prepares Army civilian and military leaders to assume leadership and management responsibilities throughout the sustaining base. Recently the Army placed AMSC under CGSC. Transition is being implemented.
Chief of Staff (CoS). The Chief of Staff is responsible for the policies, operations, personnel, and budget matters pertaining to the College. The CoS supervises the College staff which includes the Personnel (G1), Operations (G3), Logistics and Facilities (G4), Planning (G5), and Resource Management (RM). Additionally the special staff sections under the Chief include the Directorate of Educational Technology (DOET), Directorate of Reserve Component Programs (USAR), and Directorate of Reserve Component Programs (ARNG), and the Combined Arms Research Library (CARL). The Office of the Chief of Staff consists of the Deputy Chief of Staff and Secretary of the General Staff (SGS). The Chief's office exercises staff supervision over the preparation and processing of College correspondence and publications. It coordinates and supervises logistical support for the College, including maintenance of the College buildings and grounds and allocation of space within the CGSC facilities. It is also responsible for all personnel management functions within the College. It provides daily operational and administrative support to include visitor coordination, physical security, fire prevention, and safety. The College's fiscal management and budget functions are executed through support by the CAC DCSRM. The CGSC Operations Division (G3) is responsible for coordinating, scheduling, and executing special events and conferences; maintaining the Master Events Calendar; coordinating and scheduling all staff and faculty professional development training, facilities requirements, mobilization planning, and external personnel and equipment tasking. Figure 3 depicts the Chief of Staff chain of command.
Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) is a world-class research center for the study of the tactical and operational art of war. The CARL serves as the research facility that is capable of supporting research needs in tactical and operational areas for military scholars worldwide. The research center includes current and expanded library collections (including books, periodicals, videotapes, audio tapes, etc.), archives and special collections, as well as digitized full‑text data bases of unpublished tactical and operational archival materials.
Curriculum Development (CD). Responsible for planning and coordinating the vertical and horizontal integration of the curricula for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College which includes the Center for Army Leadership, four schools (CGSS, SAMS, SCP, AMSC), and a non-resident (DDE) program of instruction; responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting all aspects of the Accountable Instructional Systems (AIS) (Mini-PIC, PIC, CDR) to ensure the CGSC curricula is current, relevant, and adapts to meet operational and educational requirements; manages and integrates the CGSC Special Curriculum Integrators and eight contract curriculum developers; serves as the executive/lead agent of the CGSC Curriculum Committee; serves as the principal advisor to the Dean of Academics on all curriculum issues; and coordinates with other appropriate CAC, TRADOC, and DA offices involved in these and other activities.
Dean of Academics (DOA). The mission of the Dean of Academics is to support CGSC programs according to priorities by leading key college committees and working groups through a boards, centers and cells concept to ensure effective and efficient planning and execution of critical college functions; provides professional forums that support collaboration among schools, CAC, and outside agencies to ensure that the college achieves all possible synergies to achieve educational excellence in academic programs. Figure 2 depicts the Dean of Academics chain of command.
Digital Leader Development Center (DLDC) serves as the focal point for Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS) instruction, performance-oriented simulations, and the conduct of exercises throughout CGSC. The DLDC supports TRADOC's Institutional Digital Education Plan (IDEP) and the Army Digital Training Strategy (ADTS) requiring the integration of ABCS into institutional courses and programs. DLDC is organized into five divisions: ABCS Integration, Joint Command and Control (JC2) Integration, Simulations, Exercise, and Network. The ABCS Integration Division is responsible for training officers in the fundamentals of the current suite of Army digital battle command systems, and their integration during practical exercises to support Battle Command education and experience. This division is also the focal point for developing, reviewing, and recommending improvements to ABCS curriculum development throughout TRADOC. The JC2 Integration Division is responsible for training officers in Joint digital systems (Global Command and Control System-Joint and Global Command and Control System-Army). The JC2 Integration Lab is located on the third floor of CARL and provides SIPRNET connectivity, secure voice communications, and classified storage. In addition, students can access Joint Operation Planning & Execution System (JOPES) and other classified planning systems in active use by Army components, Combatant Commanders and JTFs. The Simulations Division is responsible for maintaining an execution-centric learning environment using both Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) and Government-off-the Shelf (GOTS) simulations. These simulations are tailored to provide a challenging, relevant, and fully integrated learning environment within the classroom. Current simulations in use are Decisive Action, TACOPSCAV, Joint Deployment Logistic Model (JDLM), Joint Conflict and Tactics Simulation (JCATS), Digital Battle Staff Sustainment Trainer (DBST), MILSIM, and JANUS. The Exercise Division is the primary coordinator for the support and execution of the Prairie Warrior Exercise Series of execution-focused exercises for CGSS and provides coordination for SAMS. The Network Division is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the Battle Command Network (BCNet). With over 900 systems throughout the CGSC campus, this enclosed network replicates a tactical battle command LAN. Students are able to interface with ABCS systems within each classroom on a daily basis.
Directorate of Educational Technology (DOET) is responsible for planning, procuring, accounting for, integrating and supporting classroom and office automation technology at the CGSC. The DOET is also responsible for operating the Lifelong Learning Center and the Leadernet Professional Forums as part of the Battle Command Knowledge System. The DOET also plans, models, evaluates, and integrates the technology aspects of the Lewis and Clark Center.
Directorate of Graduate Degree Programs (DGDP) directs the Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) Degree Program, including Advanced Military Studies participation and the Cooperative Degree Programs; develops, implements, and administers the university program; supervises the Consulting Faculty Program; serves as executive secretary of the CGSC Advisory Committee; maintains relations with associated colleges and universities; serves as College liaison with the American Council on Education (ACE) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) for CGSC accreditation; advises the Commandant and Deputy Commandant on educational matters; and coordinates with other appropriate CAC, TRADOC, and DA offices involved in these and other activities
Directorate of Reserve Component Programs (DRCP) serves as the focal point for all Army National Guard and US Army Reserve matters within the College. The Directors serve as subject matter experts on the organization and capabilities of their respective components as well as the principle point of contact (POC) for the utilization of Army Guard and Reserve personnel in the College. The Guard and Reserve Directors also provide assistance and input, through the Director, CGSS, for ARNG and USAR student needs, and serve as authors and instructors for the RC elective.
Faculty and Staff Development Program (FSD). The Faculty and Staff Development Division (FSD) is the proponent for staff and faculty development programs and instructor qualification. FSD's mission is to develop and certify faculty members (resident and non-resident) and provide educational services. The ultimate goal is that everyone within CGSC partner in the development of teaching and learning, regardless of school, department, team, subject matter expertise or leadership role. This program should support all staff and faculty members in maintaining their professional military and educational competency.
G1 - Personnel & Administration serves as the CAC G-1 representative for the Command and General Staff College, responsible for the full range of human resources functions for an accredited graduate institution consisting of 25 subordinate organizations. Supports over 600 Command and General Staff College staff and faculty members consisting of military officers from across the Department of Defense and allied nations, DA civilians, and contractors. Serves as the CGSC central point of contact for personnel strength management and personnel services support. Responsible for analyzing personnel strength data to determine current capabilities and project future requirements; analyzing strength maintenance, including monitoring, collecting, and analyzing data affecting personnel readiness; preparing estimates for personnel replacement requirements, based on potential/known personnel losses; ensures personnel requirements are met for CGSC joint accreditation. Provides a full range of personnel services support and coordinates closely with the Fort Leavenworth Resource Management Office.
G3 - CGSC Operations serves as the curriculum integrator of the College and is organized into four divisions: The Operations Division plans and synchronizes the CGSC curriculum, both near- and mid-term, and provides necessary academic support to the schools and departments in order to sustain the goal of excellence in warfighting. The CGSC Operations Division is responsible for coordinating, scheduling, and executing special events and conferences; maintaining the Master Events Calendar; coordinating and scheduling all staff and faculty professional development training, facilities requirements, mobilization planning, and external personnel and equipment tasking.
G4 - Logistics. The G4 (Director of Logistics) has overall responsibility for physical resources, and is responsible for providing logistical support for resident instruction at the CGSC and to all CGSC activities. The G4 is the CGSC executive agent for administrative and storage space management and is the CGSC Safety Program Administrator, which includes fire prevention, energy conservation, and risk management. Within the G4, staff members and contract employees are organized into two divisions, the Logistical Support Division and the Training Support Division. The Logistics Support Division consists of the Services Section, the Supply Section, and the Quality Assurance Section. This division provides logistical support for the CGSC, to include all ceremonies, conferences, and special events, and provides limited logistical support for the CARL. In addition, the Services Section is responsible for: facility maintenance, construction, repair, and utilities; security and display of gifts; coordination for transportation requirements; and for quality control on the cleaning contract. The Supply Section provides institutional expendable, durable, and nonexpendable supplies. The Quality Assurance Section monitors contracts to ensure compliance with all aspects of the contract’s specifications. The Training Support Division provides training support for all CGSC resident instruction per contract. The Project Manager, Training Support Division, is responsible to the G4. Training support is accomplished through a map library and four sections, the Resident Distribution Section, the Classroom Support Section, the CGSC Postal Service Section, and the Access Control Section.
G5 - CGSC Plans & Strategy. The G5 is the office of the college with staff proponency for Plans and Strategy. Functions include establishment and maintenance of CGSC strategic planning systems, development and maintenance of the long range planning calendar, management of the CGSC Campaign Plan and associated documents, international activities coordination and planning, the strategic readiness system and reporting, and other special planning efforts as assigned.
International Military Student Division (IMSD).International Military Student Division (IMSD) provides administrative support to all IMS' enrolled in the resident CGSOC, and non-CGSC courses, coordinates the extracurrirular activities and projects of the CGSOC classes and administers the Security Assistance Training Program.
Public Affairs Office (PAO) ensures that the CAC and Fort Leavenworth community is informed of any special events or activities that the college is participating in. The PAO also works with the Installation Public Affairs Office to facilitate interviews with media representatives who are interested in writing stories about CGSC and its mission. The PAO ensures that any media representative request is answered in a timely and accurate manner. ^ Return to Top
Resource Management. The CAC Deputy Chief of Staff maintains an office in the College to provide assistance in the areas of budgeting, planning, manpower, contracting, print requests, and civilian personnel actions. The office also oversees CGSC non appropriated funds.
School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) educates officers at the graduate level in military art and science thereby producing leaders with the flexibility of mind to solve complex operational and strategic problems in peace, conflict, and war. The SAMS consists of the Advanced Military Studies Program for majors and the Advanced Operational Arts Studies Fellowship, a Senior Service College level program. Both programs award a Master’s level degree in the art and science of war.
School for Command Preparation (SCP) organizes, administers, and conducts preparation courses for battalion and brigade level command selectees (and their spouses), as well as noncommis-sioned officers chosen to serve as Command Sergeants-Major (and their spouses). The SCP also provides simulation enhanced tactical training for CGSC students and faculty members.
US Student Division (USSD) provides all US Army administrative support and selected support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard officers, and civilian students.
Last Reviewed: December 3, 2013