The School of Professional Military Education (SPME) educates and trains military, interagency, law enforcement, and civilian personnel of the Western Hemisphere to be agile, innovative, and adaptive leaders. They are capable of building teams, capacity, and lead organizations through mission command to win in complex and uncertain environments. They promote democratic values, transparency, respect for human rights, rule of law, mutual knowledge, and understanding of U.S. customs and traditions.
The range of education is accomplished through six joint, multinational accredited courses all presented in Spanish. Two are the exact same as their U.S. equivalents, the Maneuver Captains Career Course (MCCC) and the Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC). MCCC develops and educates student leaders to effectively lead company-sized formations and serve on battalion and brigade-level staffs in support of military operations. CGSOC educates, trains and develops leaders for Unified Land Operations in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational operational environment; and advances the art and science of the profession of arms in support of Army operational requirements. Graduates of this course earn 12-15 graduate credit hours that can be applied to programs of studies with participating educational institutions. This course also offers a free master’s program in Military Arts and Science to its students. The Joint Interagency Operations Course (JTO) is an enhanced version of joint planning built for an audience of field grade or above to prepare them to work in a Joint Task Force or Coalition Headquarters.
The next three courses fall under the Department of Civil Military Studies: The Joint Logistics and Security Assistance Course (JLSAC), the United Nations Staff Peacekeeping Operations Course (UNSPKO) (available in English, and accredited by the UN) and the Interagency Crisis Action Planning Course (IACAP). These courses are designed with Army proponents to meet the needs and requirements of our allies throughout the Western Hemisphere. The courses also teach students the concepts, principles, methods, and decision making skills related to joint logistics, security assistance, peacekeeping operations, and crisis reaction planning.
All courses include some variation of the Field Studies Program (FSP) in conjunction with curriculum related visits to reinforce human rights, the American democratic way of life, and learning objectives. These trips have included visits to Atlanta, Washington DC, and the New York United Nations Head Quarters. Courses also execute staff rides and visits to battlefields, museums, or private sector organizations such as Lockheed Martin Aircraft Manufacturing Co. and Hyundai Car Manufacturing Co. to attain best practices in organizational leadership/culture and efficiency and effectiveness processes.
School of Professional Military Education (SPME) Course Listing
Command and General Staff Officer
(SANweb: Intermediate Level Education, MASL ID No. B171425)
This course is designed to educate and train intermediate-level military, interagency, and partner-nation officers to be prepared to operate in complex Army, JIIM environments as field grade commanders and staff officers. U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy officers study alongside international students. Students have the opportunity to obtain a Master of Military Art and Science degree at no additional cost.
Student Profile: MAJ to LTC – military officers, and law enforcement or civilian equivalent.
Duration: 47 weeks
Joint Interagency Operations
(SANweb: Joint Operations, MASL ID No. B121430)
This course is designed to educate field grade officers and interagency civilians in joint operations, decision-making, and planning processes through formal lectures and case study analysis. Additionally, the course is designed to develop field grade officers to function as joint and multinational operations officers in coalition operations.
Student Profile: MAJ to COL – military officers, and law enforcement or civilian equivalent.
Duration: 8 weeks
Maneuver Captains Career
(SANweb: Maneuver Captains Career, MASL ID No. B171420)
This course trains and develops students to become creative, agile and self-confident combined arms staff officers and commanders capable of performing combat tasks against an adaptive enemy. Students receive training in fundamentals, troop-leading procedures, and company-level operations in infantry, heavy, and Stryker brigade combat teams. Students learn to develop company-level plans for all types of organizations in various unified land operations environments. US Army officers study alongside international students and completion of this course awards Military Education Level – F credit for U.S Army Officers.
Student Profile: Senior Lieutenant to Captain – military and law enforcement officers.
Duration: 24 weeks
Interagency Crisis Action Planning
(SANweb: Senior Enlisted Advisor, MASL ID No. B179118)
This course prepares security force personnel in individual tasks associated with skills and knowledge to function as advisors or planners in crisis management during military operations or initial response activities in collaboration with the interagency and
multinational community. At the conclusion of the course, students receive training in advising decision-makers in the skills, tasks, and employment of advisors in crises when interacting with the population.
Student Profile: NCOs and Officers- Sergeants First Class to Lieutenant Colonel, and law enforcement or civilian equivalent.
Duration: 5 weeks, 2 days
United Nations Staff & Peacekeeping Operations
(SANweb: UN Peace Keeping Ops, MASL ID No. B129203)
(SANweb: UN Peace Keeping Ops (English), MASL ID No. B129008)
Students collaborate with multinational and multiservice peers while training to meet management and advisory roles, as staff members of a JIIM peacekeeping operations staff at operational and strategic-level focused on Peace Keeping Operations. Recognized by the UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) and the UN Department of Field Support (DFS). Most iterations of this course include a field research trip to the UN Headquarters in New York City.
Student Profile: Major to Lieutenant Colonel military officers, and law enforcement and civilian equivalent.
Duration: 4 weeks, 3 days
Joint Logistics and Security Assistance
(SANweb: Defense Resources Management & Logistics, MASL ID No. B151035)
Course prepares security force service members to function in assignments that involve defense logistics planning, purchasing US materials and training, JIIM logistics supporting a full range of operations.
Student Profile: Military: Captain to Colonel military officers, and law enforcement or civilian equivalent.
Duration: 4 weeks, 1 day