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 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 (ELOC) is the second course in series of three Professional Military Education courses.  ELOC focuses at the senior leadership (O-6) level and ensures the attendees are properly educated in and understand the intricacies of effectively participating in the decision-making process and managing MOC resources.  

The intent of the course is to fill the existing gap between the Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC) and the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Course (JFMCC). 

ELOC is a one-week course held three times a year at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I.  It is tailored for the numbered fleet O6/staff principle (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 principles 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 and/or OSO). 

Other service members and Navy civilians supporting operational staffs are encouraged to attend.

Course Objectives

The course ensures senior staff understands:

  1. Practices and procedures of Operational-Level staffs;

  2. Roles and relationships, and evolution on C2 at the maritime HQs;

  3. The challenge/dynamic of managing MHQ and MOC resources (Staff manning and decision authority);

  4. How to translate Commander’s vision and guidance into implementation.