A primary objective of the Goldwater-Nichols Reorganization Act of 1986 was to strengthen combined and joint operations of the various military services. Subsequently, the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, established policies, programs, guidelines, and procedures for coordinating, among other things, the joint professional military education (JPME) of members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The U.S. Naval War College is accredited by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff to award JPME Phase I credit for the intermediate program and Phase II credit for the senior program.

Within the PME continuum, JPME instills joint core competencies by exposure to a Service-mix of faculty, students, and concepts. This mix is designed to provide a broad scope of the future joint force including interagency and multinational cultures and capabilities. The curriculum focus is on how the unified commanders, Joint Staff, and Department of Defense use the instruments of national power to develop and carry out national military strategy, develop joint operational expertise and perspectives, and hone joint warfighting skills.

JPME Resources

10 U.S. Code Chapter 107 - Professional Military Education

Officer Joint Professional Military Education Program

Testimony Before House Armed Services Committee:

Naval War College President on Raising Thinking from the Tactical to the Operational Level: JPME I and II at the Services' and Joint Command and Staff Colleges June 25, 2009

Naval War College President on Thinkers and Practitioners: Do Senior Professional Military Education Schools Produce Strategists? June 4, 2009
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