School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS)

Converting Intellectual Power Into Combat Power


The School of Advanced Military Studies educates members of our Armed Forces, our Allies, and the Interagency at the graduate level to become agile and adaptive leaders who are critical and creative thinkers who produce viable options to solve operational and strategic problems.

SAMS Programs

Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP)

The Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP) is a graduate-level education program of the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). The vision for AMSP is to develop effective planners who help senior leaders understand the operational environment and then visualize and describe viable solutions to operational problems. Graduates of the AMSP:

  • Are critical and creative thinkers grounded in operational theory, doctrine, and history
  • Can identify problems and propose viable solutions
  • Can clearly communicate to various audiences orally, graphically, and in writing
  • Are good leaders and great teammates who collaborate effectively to get the job done
  • Have the courage to lead from above, beside, and below
  • Are physically and mentally tough
  • Are humble professionals who are more than they seem

The AMSP is for Majors and Junior Lieutenant Colonels who have completed their Intermediate Level Education requirement or equivalent, with the majority coming to AMSP from Command and General Staff School (CGSS). SAMS has one AMSP education program (up to 9 seminars) which begins in June and graduates in May. Following graduation, officers will generally serve twenty four month utilization tour in critical battle staff positions at a division, corps, or Army Service Component Command. See the SAMS Program Guide (AY 2014-2015) for additional information on the School.

Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program (ASLSP)

  1. The Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program (ASLSP) (previously named the Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship (AOASF)) is a 24-month senior level (war college) course held at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
  2. ASLSP typically has 8 US Army, 2 USAF, 1 USMC, 1 US Navy, 1 - 2 US agency reps (typically FBI & USAID) and 3 international officers (usually from the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany) as students. The US Army and USMC officers, as well as the German and Canadian officer, normally remain a second year to serve as seminar leaders for the Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP) conducted at the SAMS.
  3. This senior level course is designed to develop theater level senior leaders and general staff officers for positions of significant responsibility including strategic thinkers and planners at Combatant Commands, Joint Task Force (JTF), and other four star headquarters. During their first year, students are in a curriculum shaped by the Joint required learning areas for JPMEII accreditation. The curriculum provides a comprehensive, multifaceted focus at the theater-strategic level across the spectrum of Joint and land force operations—during peace, crisis, and war. The individuals who remain a second year serve as seminar leaders responsible to provide the coaching, mentoring, counseling, and military subject instruction for the education of the majors in the AMSP program.
  4. Students in the senior level course spend approximately 7 weeks TDY, with fieldwork conducted at defense organizations and military headquarters in various foreign nations as well as visiting all Combatant Command Headquarters throughout the globe. They must also complete a 40 page research paper. ASLSP graduates are awarded MEL-1 Credit and Skill Identifier 6S (Advanced Military Studies Program Graduate). Graduates also receive a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies thought the CGSC, & accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. US military students also receive Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) II.

Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program (ASP3)

The Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program is a multi-year program that prepares field-grade officers for service as strategic planners through a combination of practical experience, professional military education, and a doctorate from a civilian university. Once selected for the program, officers apply to doctoral programs at respected American universities in a liberal arts field of study related to strategy. They spend up to two years in graduate school satisfying all course and exam requirements leading to acceptance as a doctoral candidate. During these years, officers will also attend professional military education at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas studying history, strategic theory, and the practice of strategic planning. Officers will then serve a developmental assignment in a strategic planning position. Those officers selected for battalion or brigade command will be afforded the opportunity. After the developmental assignment, the officer will spend one year working full time on the dissertation at SAMS or another suitable location and then be available for utilization as a strategic planner.