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1. General. The Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander (C/JFLCC) Course is a senior level program held at U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, twice each year. The Course Director operates under the oversight of the Center for Strategic Leadership (CSL). The course prepares senior officers to function effectively as land component commanders, or as senior staff in a joint/combined, interorganizational, and multinational (JIM) environment. These commanders will need to plan, prepare for, and execute land-centric operations that provide coalition commanders with capabilities to achieve policy objectives through sustained land dominance. This program operates in accordance with Appendix L to Enclosure E, Joint Courses for General and Flag Officers, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Instructions (CJCSI), Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP) 1800.01E, 29 May 2015. This seminar-based course challenges senior officers to examine the key elements of developing and executing land component command functions at the theater level in support of joint force commanders and in conjunction with air, maritime, and special operations functional commands. Discussions are guided by senior mentors, who are retired general officers that have previously served as joint and combined force land component commanders. The course also explores the challenges of maintaining sustained unified land operations in a complex operating environment. It includes a rigorous exercise that is crafted to challenge the attendees to issue guidance and devise solutions to designing, forming, controlling, protecting, operating, and sustaining a combined and joint land command at the theater and operational level of war.

2. Purpose. The C/JFLCC Course prepares one-, two, and three-star officers of all four Services, and equivalent members of the Senior Executive Service, the Senior Foreign Service, and international officers for theater-level land component combat leadership and advisory positions. Directed by the U.S. Army Chief of Staff to build upon the positive lessons of Army and Marine Corps cooperation during overseas contingency operations, the course develops senior leader competency in operational level warfighting, with particular focus on combined arms maneuver and wide area security - conducted in joint, interorganizational, and multinational environments.

3. Objectives.

  • Design, plan, and prepare for the execution of unified land operations that support coalition and joint force commanders in the accomplishment of national security and international policy objectives.
  • Form the land component command that executes theater-wide and multinational integrating functions of a C/JFLCC to set the theater.
  • Understand the supporting and complementary capabilities provided by the other functional commanders (combined force air component command (CFACC), combined/joint force maritime component command (C/JFMCC), and combined/joint force special operations component command (C/JFSOCC)) and Unified Action partners.
  • Conduct sustained unified land operations to win in a complex world.

4. Themes and Learning Areas (LAs) for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME). The C/JFLCC course provides a substantive contribution to the Joint Learning Continuum. It includes numerous themes of enduring value and/or special emphasis in the U.S Army. C/JFLCC touches on these areas: Ethics; History; Joint, Interorganizational, Multinational (JIM); Civil Military Relations; Geo-Strategic Concepts; Mission Command; Institutional Adaptation; Design Methodology; and, Joint Strategic Leader Development. In addition, the curriculum is designed to reinforce JPME learning areas and objectives as noted in each of the individual lesson directives.

5. Point of Contact for the course is Dr. Gregory Cantwell, (717) 245-3235.