Elective Program


The Elective Program complements the core curriculum by providing courses tailored to the diversified needs of students in joint education. The objective of this program is for students to develop fuller understanding and depth of knowledge in areas relating to their combatant command and their joint staff functions, and to better prepare themselves, in general, for joint duty.

Each student takes one six-week elective. Students assigned less than six months or en route to one of the ten Combatant Commands should take the elective specific to their assignment.


Electives normally meet on Wednesday mornings for two hours. JCWS may change the Elective schedule to accommodate scheduling of courses and lessons.

Room locations are TBD.


Electives Coordinator: E-mail: Registrar Office.


The Elective Program permits students to conduct in-depth study of an issue or issues they find particularly useful or intriguing during their education at the Joint Forces Staff College. Members of the faculty, adjunct professors from the local area, and regional guest speakers teach an elective. Normally they teach an elective on Wednesday mornings. Students assigned less than six months or en route to one of the ten Combatant Commands take the elective specific to their assignment , i.e., if you are en route to CENTCOM, you take the CENTCOM Elective.

Assignments to an elective are NOT made during the registration process.

Elective assignments are made during the first week of class.

Selection Procedures: JCWS Students

During the registration process, each JCWS student selects and prioritizes their electives.

List of Electives

The following is a list of electives normally offered. The electives offered may change based on enrollment and/or availability of faculty.

Course Title
Preparing for Strategic Surprise: USSTRATCOM perspectives #
USAFRICOM Regional Studies
USCENTCOM Regional Studies #
USEUCOM Regional Studies
USNORTHCOM Regional Studies #
USPACOM Regional Studies
USSOCOM Joint Special Operations in the 21st Century #
USSOUTHCOM Regional Studies
USTRANSCOM Defense Transportation System
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Challenges in Cyberspace #
Command and Control of U.S. Forces
Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) #
Command Leadership Team: A Focus on Command Senior Enlisted Leaders
Comprehensive Approach for Complex Contingencies (CA4CC)
Integrating Attack the Network (AtN) Activities into Joint Operations
Counter-Terrorism: The Interagency and Intelligence *
THE LONG WAR: A Strategic Overview of Homeland Security, Transformation and Nature of Militant Islam
Introduction to Information Operations (IO) #
Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis: Recent Crises and Joint Operations #
Joint Logistics
Joint Operations in a Maritime Environment
Low Intensity Conflict: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory, Case Studies and Applications
Military Deception & Operations Security
Military Ethics: Just War -- Just Peace
National Intelligence Community *
Non-Lethal Weapons - Support to IW & DSCA
Operational Art and the Great Captains
Stability Operations : Concepts and Planning Considerations
Studies in Joint Air Component Operations #
U.S. Interagency *
Who's Really on the Bus: Contractors, Civilians, and Reservists And Their Roles in Creating Our Total Combat Force
Yorktown Campaign of 1781
# Requires a Secret Clearance
* Requires a TS/SCI Clearance

Last Updated: 29 August 2013