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Commandant Joseph Ward, Brig Gen, USAF. Joint Advanced Warfighting School. Joint and Combined Warfighting School. Joint Continuing and Distance Education School. Joint Command, Control, and Information Operations School. JIOPC. JC4ISOC. JCWS. HLSPC. JIMPS. AJPME. SEJPME. JAWS.

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Jfsc mission


Joseph Ward, Brig Gen, USAF

Joint Advanced



Joint and Combined



Joint Continuing and Distance Education School

Joint Command, Control, and Information Operations School









JFSC Mission

To educate national security leaders

in joint, multinational, and interagency

operational-level planning and warfighting,

to instill a primary commitment to joint,

multinational, and interagency teamwork,

attitudes, and perspectives

JFSC – The Southern Campus of the

National Defense University

National Defense University Information Resources Management College (iCollege) Marshall Hall

College of International Security Affairs

Lincoln Hall

Industrial College of the Armed Forces

Eisenhower Hall

National War College

Roosevelt Hall

Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS)

  • Joint Professional Military Education Phase II Course

    • Educate military professionals to effectively plan operational level warfighting for joint and combined forces

    • Four 10-week classes per year

    • Graduate credit granted with partnership schools

    • Assessments: Exams and a Collaborative Paper

    • 14 or 15 seminars of 16-18 students: Service, Interagency and multinational mix

    • Current Class 255: 223 Active; 9 Reserve; International; 2 Civilian

  • Focus:

    • National Security Strategy

    • Theater Strategy & Campaigning

    • Joint Planning Process & Systems

    • Joint, Interagency & Multinational Capabilities

Through Class 12-01

Since 1947,

40K + Graduates

Including 1,840 International Fellows

Joint Advanced Warfighting School

  • Joint Professional Military Education Single Phase (JPME I & II) SLC

    • Educates military & national security professionals as experts in joint planning processes; capable of critical analysis in the application of all aspects of national power

    • 11- month school - Grants Masters of Science in Joint Campaign Planning & Strategy (accredited)

    • 60-70 page individually prepared thesis with oral defense

    • Two-hour individual oral comprehensive exam

    • 3 Seminars of 13-14 Students: Service, Interagency, and Multinational mix

      • 32 U.S. Officers, 7 Civilians, and 2 International Fellows

  • Focus

    • Foundations in History and Theory of War

    • Strategic Foundations (National Security & Military Strategy)

    • Operational Art and Campaigning (Commander’s Design)

    • Adaptive Planning (practicum, simulation, exercises) and Decision-making

    • Cultural Awareness and Future Warfighting Concepts

    • Maximize Subject Matter Experts and Senior Fellows

Since 2004, 200+ Graduates

42 students currently enrolled

Joint Command, Control and

Information Operations School

Two divisions offer specialized courses for officers, senior enlisted and civilians

  • Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) with J6 oversight

    • Resident three-week Staff and Operations Course

    • One week MTT

  • Information Operations (IO) with J39 oversight

    • Resident four-week Joint IO Planning Course

    • One-week Joint IO Orientation Course (resident or mobile training team)

      • Both courses rely heavily on practical exercises

@ 350



per year

JC2IOS faculty

provided more

than 1,300

student contact

hours to JFSC

JFSC Short Courses

Joint Transition CourseJTCis a preparatory course for interagency and international students attending JCWS or JAWS. JTC is conducted the week prior to the start of JCWS and JAWS.

Homeland Security Planners CourseHLSPC is a one-week course focusing on Homeland Security Strategy and Policy and Defense Support to Civil Authorities. Established in 2003, it is conducted 4 times a year in residence and 4 times a year as a mobile training team.

Joint Interagency and Multinational Planners CourseJIMPC is a one-week course focusing on interagency and multinational coordination necessary to effectively respond to complex contingencies and stabilization operations. Established in 2006, it is conducted 4 times a year in residence and is also conducted as a mobile training team throughout the year.


Two unique programs:

Senior Enlisted JPME



Advanced JPME



  • Senior Enlisted JPME – Online Course

  • Advanced JPME – Blended Course

    • Background

    • AJPME Course Content / Schedule / Capacity

    • Student Outcome

    • Points of Contact

Cjsci 1805 01a enlisted professional military education policy epmep
CJSCI 1805.01A Enlisted Professional Military Education Policy (EPMEP)

  • CJCS sponsored and authorized course

  • Signed by General Pace on 28 Oct 2005, reaffirmed 20 Sep 2011

  • Purpose: “Circulates the policies, procedures, objectives, and responsibilities for enlisted professional military education (EPME) and enlisted joint professional military education (EJPME).”

  • Applicability: Joint Staff, National Defense University (NDU), and the Military Services

  • Policy: “Our overarching goal is to educate and train the right person for the right task at the right time. We can not wait until an individual is placed into a leadership position before providing the proper education and training. This is especially true today; the War on Terrorism requires [NCOs] from all Services to work in the joint environment more often than they have ever before. It is imperative that we expand “jointness” to all appropriate levels in our Armed Forces.”

Sejpme course overview
SEJPME Course Overview

  • Type: Certificate - “NDU / JFSC SEJPME Course” signed CMDT & NDU-P

  • Eligibility: All branches, E-6 to E-9 (active, reserves, National Guard, USCG). **Note: Officers and Civilians have also completed course

  • Method: Asynchronous E-learning course via internet

  • Content: Interactive multi-media instruction (IMI): audio, videos, pictures, slides, text

  • Data Enterprise System (DES): online registration, pre-test, post test (80%), student course survey, robust reporting capability, completion certificates

  • Length: 90 days to complete 45 hours of coursework

  • Prerequisites: Individual should be Service PME complete for grade

  • Impact: Over 35,000 completions (12K alone in 2011) > All COCOMS, SERVICES


AJPME Background

  • Title 10 USC, Chapter 38, Section 666 (1986 G/N Act)

    • “The Secretary of Defense shall establish personnel policies emphasizing education and experience in joint matters for reserve officers not on the active-duty list. Such policies shall, to the extent practicable for reserve component, be similar to the policies [for the AC].”

  • Congress (1999 Defense Authorization Act)

    • “directs that a course similar in content to, but not identical to, the in-residence Joint Forces Staff College course”

    • “periods of in residence training, as well as distance learning, present the best combination of academic rigor, cohort development, and cross-service acculturation”

  • Funding – 2002 / Implementation - 2003

  • Joint Qualification System – Oct 2007


Ajpme requirements
AJPME Requirements

To Attend:

To Graduate:

  • Attendance & Participation

    • Max 10% Absence during F2F

    • Online collaboration mandatory

  • Three Short Answer / Essay Exams

  • Two Papers

    • Joint Information/Position Paper

    • Joint Research Paper: 10-15 page

  • JPME Phase I Completed

  • Nominated by Service/Agency, most hold boards to select attendees

    • USMCR, USAR, USN, AFR, and National Guard

  • Expected to use AJPME for JQO education requirements

  • Joint Operational experience desired


Ajpme curriculum flow
AJPME Curriculum Flow

10-02 & OPMEP

Ajpme student outcome
AJPME Student Outcome

Fulfills the educational requirement for JQO Level III

Graduates are 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 Design and the Joint Operation Planning Process (JOPP) as the application framework to develop theater strategies and operational plans in a complex global operating environment.


Ajpme class schedule
AJPME Class Schedule


Blackboard and classroom tools
Blackboard and Classroom Tools

  • Lecture Capture

    • Introduction

    • Classroom

    • Guest Speakers

    • Experts

  • Grammarly

    • Clickers/tablets in F2F sessions

  • Synchronous collaboration lessons

  • Library Organization

    • Embedded into Class

    • 5-6 synchronous library sessions per class

  • Increased use of…

    • Wikis + Discussion Boards

    • Virtual classrooms (Wimba & DCO)

    • Instant messaging (BB IM)

    • Shared content (Case studies/JDOC)

  • Less reliance on…

    • Discussion boards alone & email

  • Office Hours

    • Wimba Classroom

    • Blackboard IM


Col Jeff Waechter

Director, JCDES

(757) 443-6531

DSN 646-6531

[email protected]

Mr. John Lipps


Program Manager

(757) 443-6545

DSN 646-6545

[email protected]

Col John Paul


Program Director

(757) 443-6234

DSN 646-6234

[email protected]



  • JCDES has two unique programs offering Joint Education:

    • SEJPME – Enroll through our website

    • AJPME – Contact your Service POC to enroll

      • Fulfills educational requirement for Fully Joint Qualified

  • Call / Email your questions WWW.JFSC.NDU.EDU