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New Naval Operational Planners Head to the Fleet

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Story Number: NNS070908-02
Release Date: 9/8/2007 8:44:00 AM

From Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The Naval War College completed the 10th Naval Operational Planner Course (NOPC) with the graduation of 30 students, - three Army, 22 Navy, two Marines, two Air Force and one Coast Guard - Sept. 7.

The NOPC curriculum is 13 months long and provides officers in the ranks of lieutenant commander and major with planning knowledge and skills in advanced warfighting for follow-on assignments to operational planner billets. This year's graduates were selected in spring 2006 and commenced NOPC studies in August 2006.

From August 2006 to June 2007, the students attended the Naval Command and Staff resident curriculum comprising National Security Decision Making,
Strategy & Warfare, and Joint Maritime Operations; and three directed electives addressing Operational Art and Doctrine, Navy Planning Process and the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Environment and Joint Force Commander Planning Considerations.

During the final three months (June - September 2007), the students evaluated and authored formal concept plans in direct support of, and in coordination with, the staffs of the commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and commander, U.S. Central Command.

The NOPC graduates received the Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, the Naval War College diploma, Joint Professional Military Education Phase I certification, and Additional Qualification Designation as an operational planner.

The 22 Navy graduates represent the Naval Aviation, Naval Special Warfare and Operations, Submarine, Supply Corps, Surface Warfare, and Naval Intelligence
communities. The Navy graduates will proceed directly to operational planner billets; the other nine will accomplish warfare community progression tours
followed by operational planner assignments. The eight non-Navy graduates will proceed to planner or warfare community tours as directed by their chiefs of service.

These 30 NOPC graduates join 106 officers (73 Navy and 33 other services) who graduated in the first nine NOPC classes from 1999 through 2006. This growing cadre possesses a new, multi-service expertise in planning and execution of joint operations with naval emphasis.

NOPC class 2008, comprising 22 Navy and eight other service officers, commenced studies in August 2007 and will graduate in September 2008.

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