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.

Important Message from JFSC

  • UPDATE, As of 27 July- The JCWS Resident course 21-04 (held 13 Sep - 19 Nov 2021) will be conducted ONLINE. This is a change from our 12 July update on this site.
  • For more information about the Online/Virtual delivery of the In-residence course please see our JCWS Shift to Online Education page
  • Future decisions on in-resident vs virtual execution will be posted here and on the JFSC Facebook page approximately 4-6 weeks out from execution for each course.
  • If you desire a seat in one of the 2021 JCWS courses, please contact your Service representative to register your request.  Contact information is available via the "Contact” spreadsheet maintained by the Registrar.
  • For any additional information regarding JCWS, please contact the Operations Officer at

On behalf of the National Defense University President and the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) Commandant and faculty, welcome to JCWS and Phase II of your Joint Professional Military Education (JPME).

Our mission is to educate national security professionals to plan and execute joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) operations.  We prepare graduates for joint qualification, to meet Service talent management requirements, and to ensure joint commands and agencies are staffed with officers prepared to execute the mission of their commands.  We instruct students on the integrated strategic deployment, employment, sustainment, and redeployment of joint forces, accomplishing our mission through simulations, exercises, and case studies in a joint seminar environment.  The joint educational environment fosters a mutual understanding and rapport that develops when students from all Services share and challenge the ideas, values, and traditions of their Services and learn to plan and solve national security challenges through the skilled application of diplomatic, economic, military, and informational means.  JCWS builds on the foundation of JPME Phase I, and in the fully joint environment of JFSC, we foster acculturation as a key aspect in preparing knowledgeable and proficient members of a joint staff.  Our graduates will be able to lead joint planning efforts, integrate the creativity of operational art with the analytical and logical process of operational design, and be proficient with the Joint Planning Process as the application framework to develop theater strategies and operational plans in a complex global operating environment.

JCWS Resident and Satellite programs are 10-weeks, and the Hybrid program is 40-weeks with three weeks resident and 37 weeks of distance education.  In our programs, you will interact with classmates in blended, synchronous, and asynchronous formats, including collaborative sessions, discussion forums, and group instruction.  These instructional periods will require your full participation, regardless of program modality.  Whether you are a Resident, Satellite, or Hybrid student, plan accordingly to achieve the educational requirements while balancing your other roles and responsibilities during this remarkable period in history.

When nominated by your Service or organization, the Registrar’s Office will contact you with instructions for enrollment and to create your student accounts.  If you have any questions, you may contact the registrar at or (757) 443-6124.  Once enrolled, you will receive additional information from your seminar faculty to begin orientation. Please refer to our website, in preparation for your specific program.

I wish you success and look forward to engaging with you at various points during the course.

Captain, U.S. Navy
Director, Joint and Combined Warfighting School

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