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Also a national entity belonging to the French Air Defence and Air Operations Command (CDAOA), the CASPOA AO CoE prepares military personnel to Air Operations Command and Control


JFAC Leadership Seminar

Course description

Focuses primarily on commanders’ role within the air component and the nature of their relationship with their staff and planners. This seminar is usually combined with a JFAC Planning Course in order to allow attendees to interact with student planners in a realistic environment based on CASPOA AOCOE “Strong Eagle scenario.


NATO senior Officers (OF-5 and above) likely to take command of air operations headquarters, or tagged as « key leaders » within a JFAC HQ (JFAC HQ commander or division chief).

Aim of the course

Gather future air component leaders to increase their knowledge of Joint Air Operations and provide them a better understanding on how they should interact with their planners as well as the Joint level and the other components. Open to senior air staff, this seminar welcomes a limited number of participants in order to allow personal level interactions and networking.

Learning objectives

Aside from external guest speakers’ availability or any expression of specific requirements, the syllabus could include the following subjects :

  1. From planning to execution: some useful key points for an air component commander ;
  2. Organisation of the air operations command and control structure and possible options for deployment of Air C2 structures ;
  3. COM JFAC’s responsibilities (AC, ADC, ACA) ;
  4. COMJFAC role in the planning process ;
  5. Attendance to a MAB, wargaming and a COA DB ;
  6.  COM JFAC Role in COA Comparison ;
  7. Targeting cycle/ TST concept ;
  8. ISR ;
  9. National Chain of command in a coalition ;
  10. The Coalition dimension ;
  11. Air operations logistics ;
  12. NIC, ISR, Info Ops ;
  13. Battle Rhythm ;
  14. JFC/JFAC Relationship ;
  15. The role of the Political Advisor (POLAD) ;
  16. POLAD Global Approach of Operation ;
  17. PR ;
  18.  COM JFAC experience ;
  19. The Law of Armed Conflicts (including a practical exercise) ;
  20. The Space use in Air ops.


Course language

English (SPL 2222 minimum).

Course duration

5 days.



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