The Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) JPME-II

The Joint and Combined Warfighting School produces graduates capable of creatively and effectively planning operational level warfighting for joint and combined military forces while integrating the effects of the United States Government, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations to ensure the success of Combatant and Joint Task Force Commanders operating within an uncertain operating environment.

Welcome to the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) Homepage.


On behalf of the staff and faculty, welcome to the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) Homepage.

The JCWS 10 week Program will provide our students with an opportunity to critically analyze the complexities of working at the Operational Level of War. Lessons progress from Fundamentals of Unified Action, through Operational Design to Contingency and Crisis planning. Students' skills are developed working as part of the fictitious US East Command (USEASTCOM) joint planning group.

JCWS educates O-4s through O-6s in the art and science of joint, interagency, and multinational warfighting at the operational level of war as directed by the CJCS Officer Professional Military Education Policy. Students will be organized into 13-14 seminars with 16-19 students in each seminar. The seminars consist of officers from all services, SOF, International Officers, and occasionally, defense agency and interagency civilians. Students are assigned to seminars with the intent to provide an optimum mix of Service, grade, experience, specialty, and expected follow-on assignment potential.

The faculty of the Joint Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) consists of O-4s to O-6s from all Services with joint experience and civilian instructors/professors. In addition to this highly qualified staff, students have multiple occasions to meet and discuss issues with active and retired flag/general officers and Ambassadors. These retired flag/general officers and Ambassadors (Senior Fellows) are an integral part of the seminar and are a key element of the learning experience. Additionally, the school employs several distinguished academics and a variety of subject matter experts throughout the course in the role of guest speaker and as a participant in seminar forums, formally and informally.

For those of you attending the course soon, visit JFSC's Student Welcoming Information. This will help you and your command complete all the necessary preparations prior to your arrival at the Staff College.

Our main objective is always to support the war fighter. We ask for your feedback to help us accomplish this. If you are an alum, we would especially appreciate your continued and frank evaluation of your education at JCWS.


All O-6’s and most post-command O-5’s students registered for the JCWS Class will be assigned to a Senior Seminar. As part of your study at JCWS, there is the potential that your seminar will visit Washington, DC. All students in these seminars will need their Class A (Service Dress) for the Washington, DC trip.

Last Updated: 17 March 2015