130605-N-LE393-008 NEWPORT, R.I. (June 5, 2013) Professor Steve Kornatz, an instructor for the executive-level operational level of war course (ELOC) at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., delivers a lecture to ELOC students. The ELOC course curriculum teaches senior officers to effectively lead command staffs, manage resources, make decisions at the operational level and translate the commander's vision into action. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Dietrich/Released)

The Executive Level OLW Course is the second course in series of four Professional Military Education courses.  ELOC focuses at the senior leadership (O-6) level, this course will ensure the attendees are properly educated in and understand the intricacies of effectively participating in the decision making process and managing a Maritime Operations Center (MOC) and its resources.

The intent of the course is to fill the existing gap between the Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC) & Maritime Operational Planners course (MOPC) and the Combined/Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander Course (C/JFMCC).

The course provides the Fleet staff principal with insights to be an effective and efficient manager of the people, processes and resources of the staff to support the commander in TIMELY, INFORMED, and PROACTIVE decision-making and execution of command responsibilities.

ELOC is a one week course held three times a year at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI.  It is tailored for the numbered fleet O6/staff principal (N-head, CoS, MOC-D, SJA, PAO, Fleet Medical, OSO, etc).  The primary target audience includes Active Component personnel and activated Reserve Component officers serving as principlals to the numbered fleet CDR. 

Reserve Component personnel in numbered fleet/MOC supporting roles are encouraged to send in requests, but the RC quotas should be vetted/approved by the numbered fleet they support (normally either via CoS, MOC-D, or OSO.  Other service members and Navy civilians supporting operational staffs are encouraged to attend.
The course ensures senior staff attendees understand:
  • The Maritime Operational Level of War (OLW) and the central role the Fleet staff plays in orchestrating tactical actions in consonance with strategic guidance;
  • How staff principals participate in and apply the operations and supporting processes;
  • The roles, relationships, and evolution of maritime Command and Control relative to the staff, MOC, and subordinate commands;
  • The challenge/dynamic of managing MOC resources (Staff manning and decision authority);
  • The staff principals’ pivotal position in facilitating internal staff communication;
  • How to translate the Commander’s operational vision and guidance into action, both within and external to the staff.
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