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Overview:

The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) is a graduate school for U.S. military and foreign military leaders at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. It is the Army’s senior tactical school and introduces officers to operational and strategic warfare. The college has five subordinate schools, and its main purpose is to synchronize Army leader development and education systems, but works as a joint, interagency, multinational school with sister services and international officers in the faculty and student body. 

 

There have been several notable foreign CGSC alumni, including General Hau Pei-tsun, former Premier of the Republic of China, General Jehangir Karamat, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2004-2006, and the current Prime Minister of Singapore, Brigadier-General Lee Hsien Loong. Also on the alumni list are President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the late General Do Cao Tri of Vietnam, GeneralAshfaq Parvez Kayani of Pakistan, the late President Gaafar Nimeiry of Sudan, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, General Jean-Louis Georgelin of France, and the late General Alfredo M. Santos of the Philippines. A leaked 2008 WikiLeaks cable revealed that King King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain confessed that the time he spent at CGSC was “the most personally and professionally rewarding of his life.”

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History:

The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) was founded in 1881 at Fort Leavenworth by General William T. Sherman. Its original name was the School of Application for Infantry and Cavalry, which got shortened over time to the Infantry and Cavalry School. It was the army’s first postgraduate school, and focused on training superior cavalry and infantry officers on foot and horseback. Large numbers of majors and captains were taught to be staff officers who could serve in various brigades, battalions, corps, and divisions. In 1907 the Cavalry School changed its name again, this time to the School of the Line.

 

The institution’s curriculum grew and evolved through the 20th century, adapting its teachings based on the experiences and lessons of the many wars and armed conflicts in which the U.S. has participated. With the school’s name changing yet again—this time to the current Command and General Staff College—CGSC was the only higher level military school not suspended during World War II.  At that time, the school focused on division command and staff operations. Since World War II, CGSC has had the reputation of being primarily a school for U.S. Army majors, in spite of the fact that it oversees other schools and educates officers from different military services, as well as from other countries. Since 2008, the CGSC has been part of CAC Leader Development and Education (CAC LD&E). In addition to its main campus at Fort Leavenworth, the college operates satellite campuses at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. These satellites provide non-residential “distance learning” programs.

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What it Does:

The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) is one of the 33 schools under the U.S. Army’s Combined Arms Center (CAC), each of which is responsible for training specific branch skills and serving as the Army’s functional expert in that area. The CGSC, as an Army educational and training facility, focuses on the areas of infantry and cavalry. The CAC is under the guidance of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). The TRADOC is a military command of the United States Army that oversees training of Army forces, the development of operational doctrine, and the development and procurement of new weapons systems.

 

The CGSC is the umbrella college for five constituent schools. The Command and General Staff School (CGSS) focuses on educating and training intermediate level Army officers as field grade commanders and staff officers. The school has six departments: the Department of Army Tactics; the Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations; the Department of Logistics and Resource Operations; the Department of Military History; the Department of Distance Education (see below); and the Department of Command and Leadership. Additionally, the CGSS supervises the CGSC Command to the Nation program; the program involves community outreach to promote the understanding and appreciation of the Armed Forces as civilians in their communities, and as military professionals.

 

CGSS’s Department of Distance Education (DDE) program develops, distributes, and administers CGSC’s distance learning courses to active and reserve officers. According to their website, these are intended to teach leaders “to execute full-spectrum joint, interagency, and multinational operations through non-traditional means” (“non-traditional means” are methods of warfare other than combat between two or more national armed forces). While founded for the Army, the DDE also provides this training to active and reserve officers in the U.S. military’s other branches through its sister services.

 

CGSC’s School of Advanced Military Studies is a graduate program that educates officers in military art and sciences. The program primarily focuses on military history, military theory, and execution-based practical exercises in order to develop cognitive-solving skills. The school also has a two-year Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship to prepare senior officers for colonel-level command and for operational planning assignments to combatant and service component commands.

 

CGSC’s School for Command Preparation is aimed at preparing command selects, command sergeant major selects, and their spouses for effective command team performance when the Army is at war. Additionally, the school provides simulation enhanced tactical training for students and faculty members of CGSC.

 

The School of Advanced Leadership and Tactics offers continuing education for the development of First Lieutenant toward selection for Major. The goal is for officers to master tactical and technical skills, leadership and command competencies, and battalion and brigade staff processes.

 

The Army Management Staff College (AMSC) became a subordinated school in 2005. Its primary goal is to prepare Army civilian and military leaders to assume leadership and management responsibilities. The college acts as the lead agent for the Civilian Education System curriculum.

 

AMSC Dean’s Top Ten Leadership Book List

 

Other U.S. military branches are also affiliated with the Army’s CGSC and they have their own organizations to support the education and training received at the different schools. The Air Force Element works to educate future senior leaders in the CGSC on principles and applications of air and space power as well as strategic, operational and tactical use of military force. The Navy Element began with the first Navy liaison officer in 1931. The Marine Corps Element provides instruction on expeditionary and amphibious operations. The Element provides a connection between the Combined Arms Center, the Command and General Staff College, and the activities and personnel of the U.S. Navy.

 

The Combined Arms Research Library is a military science research center for the CGSC, as well as the post library for Fort Leavenworth. Not only does the library provide resources for the officers, the community library is open to their families and includes a children’s section and story time. Their links section provides links for each U.S. military branch, military history, and information on current issues such as Iraq, Iran, and Somalia.

 

The CGSC also has a Quality Assurance Office that does evaluations on the procedures within the college. The office looks at paper and Web surveys, telephone surveys, focus groups, structured interviews conducted in person, and observations.

Intermediate Level Education

Warrior Ethos Bibliography

Counterinsurgency Reading List for Marines deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan (pdf)

 

Schools

 

Organizations

 

 

From the Web Site of the Command and General Staff College

Alumni Affairs

Campaign Plan

CGSC Foundation

Combat Studies Institute

Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

Contact Information

Directorate Missions

Events Archive

Facebook Page

Interagency Students

Intermediate Level Education

International Military Student Division

Key Dates

Know Your World Presentations (pdf)

Leader Development and Education

Leadership

Mission and Vision

News Releases

Philosophy

Photo Gallery

Principles

Publication: InterAgency Journal (pdf)

Registrar

Research

Satellite Campus Program

Students – US

Strategic Priorities

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Where Does the Money Go:

The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) spent more than $1.1 million on four contractor transactions between FY 2002 and FY 2012, according to USAspending.gov. The two contractors who did business with CGSC were Kansas State University, which was paid $1 million for supplying educational studies and analyses, and Information Systems Support, which earned $119,881 for providing ADP and telecommunications services.

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Former Directors:

Johnson, Mike (COL) (acting)                       November 2011 – March 2012

MacFarland, Sean BG                                     July 2010 - November 2011

Edward Cardon, BG (P)                                 August 2008 - July 2010

Mark E. O'Neill, BG                                       June 2006 - 2008

Warner, Volney J. BG                                    August 2004 - June 2006

Hirai, James, BG                                             July 2002 - August 2004

Huntoon, David Jr., BG                                 July 2000 - July 2002

Wood, John R., BG                                        August 1998 - July 2000

Inge, Joseph R., BG                                        July 1996 - August 1998

Ohle, David H., BG                                        July 1995 - July 1996

Rigby, Randall l., BG                                      1994 - June 1995

House, Randolph W., BG                               May 1993 - 1994

Steele, William M., BG                                   1991 - May 7, 1993

Miller, John E., BG                                        July 1989 - 1991

Peay, J.H. Binford, III, MG                           July 1988 - July 1989

Sullivan, Gordon R., MG                               March 1987 - July 1988

Franks, Frederick M., MG                             June 1985 - March 1987

Palmer, Dave R., MG                                     October 1983 - June 1985

Saint, Crosbie B., Jr., MG                              June 1981 - October 1983

Carlson, G.J., COL (Acting)                           1981 - 1981

Forman, Robert Henry, BG                            1979 - 1981

Arter, Robert, BG                                           1977 - 1979

Louisell, W.C., BG                                         November 1975 - 1977

Harrison, B.L., BG                                         August 1973 - 1975

Gibson, John Mendinghall, BG                      1970 - 1973

Clay, Frank Butner, BG                                 1969 - 1970

Henderson, D.S., BG                                      1967 - 1969

Taber, Robert C., BG                                     1966 - 1967

Townsend, Elias Carter, BG                           1963 - 1965

Lemley, Harry Jacob, Jr., MG                       1961 - 1963

Cunningham, William A., III, BG                   1960 - 1961

Zierath, Frederick R., BG                               1957 - 1960

Train, William Frew, BG                                1955 - 1957

Beauchamp, Charles E., BG                           1953 - 1955

Johnson, Max S., BG                                      1951 - 1953

Kelly, Henry Eaton, COL, INF                      1951 - 1951

Hartness, Harlan N., BG                                1948 - 1950

Dean, William Frishe, MG                             1946 - 1947

Weyland, Otto R., MG                                  1945 - 1946

Campbell, William A., BG                              1944 - 1945

Shallenberger, Martin C., COL, INF              1941 - 1944

Edmunds, Kinzie B., COL, CAV                   September 1938 - 1941

Honeycutt, Francis W., COL, FA                  March 1937 - September 1938

McAndrew, Joseph A., COL, INF                            June 1936 - March 1937

Burtt, Wilson B., COL, INF                           May 1933 - June 1936

Woodruff, James, COL, CE                            July 1931 - May 1933

Byroade, George L., COL, INF                      July 1929 - July 1931

Brees, Herbert J., COL, CAV                         July 1925 - July 1929

Brown, Lytle, COL, CE                                 March 1925 - July 1925

Allen, Robert H., COL, INF                           July 1922 - March 1925

Drum, Hugh A., COL, INF                            August 1921 - July 1922

Booth, Ewing, LTC, CAV                              September 1920 - August 1921

Eltinge, Le Roy, LTC, CAV                           August 1919 - September 1920

McAndrew, James W., LTC, GS                   September 1916 - November 1916

Holbrook, Williard Ames, LTC, CAV            September 1914 - April 1916

Burnahm, William P., LTC, INF                    September 1912 - August 1914

Sayre, Farrand, MAJ, CAV                            July 1912 - September 1912

Morrison, John F., LTC, INF                        April 1908 - June 1912

Boughton, Daniel H., MAJ, CAV                  August 1907 - April 1908

Beach, Lansing H., MAJ, CE                         November 1906 - August 1907

Swift, Eben , MAJ, CAV                               October 1904 - August 1906

Wotherspoon, William M., MAJ, INF          January 1904 - September 1904

Wagner, Arthur Lockwood, COL, AGD        November 1903 - December 1903

Leach, Smith S., MAJ, CE                              September 1902 - November 1903

Augur, Jacob A., MAJ, CAV                         August 1897 - August 1898

 

 

Former Deputy Commandants of CGSC, 1897-2012 (CGSC)

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Founded: 1881
Annual Budget: Department of the Army – $130 million? (2008)
Employees: ?
Official Website: http://www.cgsc.edu/
Command and General Staff College
MacFarland, Sean
Deputy Commander

Brigadier General Sean B. MacFarland has served as the deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center (CAC)–Leader Development and Education, and deputy commandant of the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) since July 9. 2010. MacFarland also assumed responsibility for Intermediate Level Education at CGSC, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the School for Command Preparation, the Defense Language Institute and various other CAC educational institutions.

 
MacFarland’s mother, Nancy, has said that, "Our family business is the military.” One of her ancestors, Rowland Stafford, served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Her great-grandfather, David Stafford, fought in the Civil War. Sean MacFarland’s great-grandfather, Archibald MacFarland served in the Spanish-American War and earned a statue in his honor in Albany, New York.
 
MacFarland’s grandfather, Col. John MacFarland, was a West Point graduate who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. His father, Garth, spent 34 years in the Army, attaining the rank of colonel. Sean MacFarland’s brother, Chris, served in the Gulf War.
 
MacFarland himself graduated from West Point in 1981 and was commissioned as an armor officer. He served as a cavalry platoon leader and troop executive officer in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. He then served as a squadron logistics officer and troop commander in 3rd Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment, in Büdingen, Germany.
 
After earning a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech in 1990, he returned to Fort Bliss, working on research for the Strategic Defense Initiative (a.k.a. “Star Wars”). He then went back to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he served as the deputy regimental operations staff officer in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991).
 
MacFarland received additional graduate degrees, a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the Command and General Staff College and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the National Defense University.
 
Upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced
Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, he was assigned to 3rd Infantry Division in Würzburg, Germany. There, he served as the directorate of operations plans officer. He then was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, in Schweinfurt, Germany as the operations officer and later, the executive officer. During his tenure as executive officer, the squadron deployed to Bosnia as part of NATO’s Implementation Force (IFOR).
 
After returning to Würzburg as the deputy operations officer for 1st Infantry Division, MacFarland was assigned to Third Army’s Directorate of Operations Plans Division at Ft. McPherson, Georgia. While there, he deployed to Kuwait as part Operation Desert Thunder and was made the chief of the commanding general’s Initiatives Group. After spending a year and a half as the aide de camp for the commanding general, U.S. Army, Europe, in Heidelberg and commander of NATO’s Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Sarajevo, he assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment at Camp Able Sentry in Macedonia, where it was deployed as part of NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR).
 
Following two and a half years of battalion command, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. After graduating, he served as the chief of future operations for Combined/Joint Task Force 7 in Iraq. He was the operations officer of V Corps from April 2004 to June 2005, training troops to rescue soldiers in combat and recover the bodies of troops killed in action.
 
He then assumed command of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (the Ready First Combat Team) in Friedberg, Germany. The Ready First Combat Team was responsible for Tal Afar and West Ninawa province. MacFarland characterized his goals in Tal Afar as, "Clean it up, get the infrastructure back, and people will regain their confidence. It's not Camelot, but it's not Gotham either." Four months later, they moved to Ramadi, where they fought as a reinforced, joint Army/Marine Brigade Combat Team for nine months.given relatively free rein to develop a strategy for Ramadi, MacFarland rejected the.overwhelming force approach that had failed in Fallujah and instead worked with local Sunni tribal leaders, some of whom had previously attacked Americns, but who were also hostile to al-Qaeda. "I'm a product of Catholic schools," said MacFarland, “and I was taught that every saint has a past and every sinner can have a future.”
 
He also used tanks and drones to protect local government and police leaders. MacFarland established combat outposts in and around Ramadi in areas where al-Qaeda was strongest and he insisted that U.S. and Iraqi troops live and eat together rather than in segregated quarters. This led to heavy fighting and U.S. casualties.
 
Referring to a soldier who was killed by shrapnel from a mortar shell that exploded a few yards away from him, MacFarland said, ''I don't know if this war is worth the life of Terry Lisk, or 10 soldiers, or 2,500 soldiers like him. What I do know is that he did not die alone. He was surrounded by friends. A Greek philosopher [actually it was George Santayana] said that only the dead have seen the end of war. Only Terry Lisk has seen the end of this war.''
 
Ultimately, MacFarland’s strategy proved more effective than previous ones and became a model for activies elsewhere in Iraq.
 
After redeploying and inactivating the Brigade Combat Team, MacFarland served as chief of the Iraq Division, Plans and Policy Officer, The Joint Staff, for approximately one year before assuming command in June 2008 of Joint Task Force North at Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss, Texas, the Pentagon’s organization that assists local law enforcement with combating potential threats to the U.S.
 
In early 2008, MacFarland co-authored a four-page white paper, “The King and I: The Impending Crisis in Field Artillery’s ability to provide Fire Support to Maneuver Commanders,” in which he argued that the increased emphasis on counterinsurgency training was weakening the Army by caused a serious decline in the quality of artillery training.
 
MacFarland was promoted to brigadier general in September 2008. He and his wife, Lynda, have two children.
 
The Gamble: How Sean MacFarland's Tactics Turned Iraq's tide of Violence (by Thomas E. Ricks, The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq 2006-2008)
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O'Neill, Mark
Previous Deputy Commandant

The Deputy Commandant of the Command and General Staff College is Brigadier General Mark E. O’Neill, a native of St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in 1978 from the United States Military Academy, O’Neill was commissioned as an infantry soldier. He continued in the military, going on to command tactical units at the platoon, company, battalion and brigade levels. O’Neill served as Assistant Army Attaché in the Defense Attaché at the American Embassy in Beijing, China.

 
Brigadier General O’Neill has attended numerous schools and is a graduate of the US Army Foreign Area Officer’s Course, the Defense Language Institute, and the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California where he received a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs. He went on to study at the Beijing University School of Foreign Languages and the British Ministry of Defense Chinese Language School while assigned to the US Defense Liaison Office in Hong Kong.
 
O’Neill previously served as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy in the Department of Army, where he led the Army’s analytical assessment of the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to being appointed as Deputy Commandment of CGSC, O’Neill served as the Deputy Division Commander for Support for the 3rd Infantry Division located at Fort Benning, Georgia as well as the Deputy Division Commander for Support of the Multinational Division in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
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Overview:

The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) is a graduate school for U.S. military and foreign military leaders at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. It is the Army’s senior tactical school and introduces officers to operational and strategic warfare. The college has five subordinate schools, and its main purpose is to synchronize Army leader development and education systems, but works as a joint, interagency, multinational school with sister services and international officers in the faculty and student body. 

 

There have been several notable foreign CGSC alumni, including General Hau Pei-tsun, former Premier of the Republic of China, General Jehangir Karamat, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2004-2006, and the current Prime Minister of Singapore, Brigadier-General Lee Hsien Loong. Also on the alumni list are President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the late General Do Cao Tri of Vietnam, GeneralAshfaq Parvez Kayani of Pakistan, the late President Gaafar Nimeiry of Sudan, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, General Jean-Louis Georgelin of France, and the late General Alfredo M. Santos of the Philippines. A leaked 2008 WikiLeaks cable revealed that King King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain confessed that the time he spent at CGSC was “the most personally and professionally rewarding of his life.”

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History:

The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) was founded in 1881 at Fort Leavenworth by General William T. Sherman. Its original name was the School of Application for Infantry and Cavalry, which got shortened over time to the Infantry and Cavalry School. It was the army’s first postgraduate school, and focused on training superior cavalry and infantry officers on foot and horseback. Large numbers of majors and captains were taught to be staff officers who could serve in various brigades, battalions, corps, and divisions. In 1907 the Cavalry School changed its name again, this time to the School of the Line.

 

The institution’s curriculum grew and evolved through the 20th century, adapting its teachings based on the experiences and lessons of the many wars and armed conflicts in which the U.S. has participated. With the school’s name changing yet again—this time to the current Command and General Staff College—CGSC was the only higher level military school not suspended during World War II.  At that time, the school focused on division command and staff operations. Since World War II, CGSC has had the reputation of being primarily a school for U.S. Army majors, in spite of the fact that it oversees other schools and educates officers from different military services, as well as from other countries. Since 2008, the CGSC has been part of CAC Leader Development and Education (CAC LD&E). In addition to its main campus at Fort Leavenworth, the college operates satellite campuses at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. These satellites provide non-residential “distance learning” programs.

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What it Does:

The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) is one of the 33 schools under the U.S. Army’s Combined Arms Center (CAC), each of which is responsible for training specific branch skills and serving as the Army’s functional expert in that area. The CGSC, as an Army educational and training facility, focuses on the areas of infantry and cavalry. The CAC is under the guidance of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). The TRADOC is a military command of the United States Army that oversees training of Army forces, the development of operational doctrine, and the development and procurement of new weapons systems.

 

The CGSC is the umbrella college for five constituent schools. The Command and General Staff School (CGSS) focuses on educating and training intermediate level Army officers as field grade commanders and staff officers. The school has six departments: the Department of Army Tactics; the Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations; the Department of Logistics and Resource Operations; the Department of Military History; the Department of Distance Education (see below); and the Department of Command and Leadership. Additionally, the CGSS supervises the CGSC Command to the Nation program; the program involves community outreach to promote the understanding and appreciation of the Armed Forces as civilians in their communities, and as military professionals.

 

CGSS’s Department of Distance Education (DDE) program develops, distributes, and administers CGSC’s distance learning courses to active and reserve officers. According to their website, these are intended to teach leaders “to execute full-spectrum joint, interagency, and multinational operations through non-traditional means” (“non-traditional means” are methods of warfare other than combat between two or more national armed forces). While founded for the Army, the DDE also provides this training to active and reserve officers in the U.S. military’s other branches through its sister services.

 

CGSC’s School of Advanced Military Studies is a graduate program that educates officers in military art and sciences. The program primarily focuses on military history, military theory, and execution-based practical exercises in order to develop cognitive-solving skills. The school also has a two-year Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship to prepare senior officers for colonel-level command and for operational planning assignments to combatant and service component commands.

 

CGSC’s School for Command Preparation is aimed at preparing command selects, command sergeant major selects, and their spouses for effective command team performance when the Army is at war. Additionally, the school provides simulation enhanced tactical training for students and faculty members of CGSC.

 

The School of Advanced Leadership and Tactics offers continuing education for the development of First Lieutenant toward selection for Major. The goal is for officers to master tactical and technical skills, leadership and command competencies, and battalion and brigade staff processes.

 

The Army Management Staff College (AMSC) became a subordinated school in 2005. Its primary goal is to prepare Army civilian and military leaders to assume leadership and management responsibilities. The college acts as the lead agent for the Civilian Education System curriculum.

 

AMSC Dean’s Top Ten Leadership Book List

 

Other U.S. military branches are also affiliated with the Army’s CGSC and they have their own organizations to support the education and training received at the different schools. The Air Force Element works to educate future senior leaders in the CGSC on principles and applications of air and space power as well as strategic, operational and tactical use of military force. The Navy Element began with the first Navy liaison officer in 1931. The Marine Corps Element provides instruction on expeditionary and amphibious operations. The Element provides a connection between the Combined Arms Center, the Command and General Staff College, and the activities and personnel of the U.S. Navy.

 

The Combined Arms Research Library is a military science research center for the CGSC, as well as the post library for Fort Leavenworth. Not only does the library provide resources for the officers, the community library is open to their families and includes a children’s section and story time. Their links section provides links for each U.S. military branch, military history, and information on current issues such as Iraq, Iran, and Somalia.

 

The CGSC also has a Quality Assurance Office that does evaluations on the procedures within the college. The office looks at paper and Web surveys, telephone surveys, focus groups, structured interviews conducted in person, and observations.

Intermediate Level Education

Warrior Ethos Bibliography

Counterinsurgency Reading List for Marines deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan (pdf)

 

Schools

 

Organizations

 

 

From the Web Site of the Command and General Staff College

Alumni Affairs

Campaign Plan

CGSC Foundation

Combat Studies Institute

Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

Contact Information

Directorate Missions

Events Archive

Facebook Page

Interagency Students

Intermediate Level Education

International Military Student Division

Key Dates

Know Your World Presentations (pdf)

Leader Development and Education

Leadership

Mission and Vision

News Releases

Philosophy

Photo Gallery

Principles

Publication: InterAgency Journal (pdf)

Registrar

Research

Satellite Campus Program

Students – US

Strategic Priorities

more
Where Does the Money Go:

The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) spent more than $1.1 million on four contractor transactions between FY 2002 and FY 2012, according to USAspending.gov. The two contractors who did business with CGSC were Kansas State University, which was paid $1 million for supplying educational studies and analyses, and Information Systems Support, which earned $119,881 for providing ADP and telecommunications services.

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Former Directors:

Johnson, Mike (COL) (acting)                       November 2011 – March 2012

MacFarland, Sean BG                                     July 2010 - November 2011

Edward Cardon, BG (P)                                 August 2008 - July 2010

Mark E. O'Neill, BG                                       June 2006 - 2008

Warner, Volney J. BG                                    August 2004 - June 2006

Hirai, James, BG                                             July 2002 - August 2004

Huntoon, David Jr., BG                                 July 2000 - July 2002

Wood, John R., BG                                        August 1998 - July 2000

Inge, Joseph R., BG                                        July 1996 - August 1998

Ohle, David H., BG                                        July 1995 - July 1996

Rigby, Randall l., BG                                      1994 - June 1995

House, Randolph W., BG                               May 1993 - 1994

Steele, William M., BG                                   1991 - May 7, 1993

Miller, John E., BG                                        July 1989 - 1991

Peay, J.H. Binford, III, MG                           July 1988 - July 1989

Sullivan, Gordon R., MG                               March 1987 - July 1988

Franks, Frederick M., MG                             June 1985 - March 1987

Palmer, Dave R., MG                                     October 1983 - June 1985

Saint, Crosbie B., Jr., MG                              June 1981 - October 1983

Carlson, G.J., COL (Acting)                           1981 - 1981

Forman, Robert Henry, BG                            1979 - 1981

Arter, Robert, BG                                           1977 - 1979

Louisell, W.C., BG                                         November 1975 - 1977

Harrison, B.L., BG                                         August 1973 - 1975

Gibson, John Mendinghall, BG                      1970 - 1973

Clay, Frank Butner, BG                                 1969 - 1970

Henderson, D.S., BG                                      1967 - 1969

Taber, Robert C., BG                                     1966 - 1967

Townsend, Elias Carter, BG                           1963 - 1965

Lemley, Harry Jacob, Jr., MG                       1961 - 1963

Cunningham, William A., III, BG                   1960 - 1961

Zierath, Frederick R., BG                               1957 - 1960

Train, William Frew, BG                                1955 - 1957

Beauchamp, Charles E., BG                           1953 - 1955

Johnson, Max S., BG                                      1951 - 1953

Kelly, Henry Eaton, COL, INF                      1951 - 1951

Hartness, Harlan N., BG                                1948 - 1950

Dean, William Frishe, MG                             1946 - 1947

Weyland, Otto R., MG                                  1945 - 1946

Campbell, William A., BG                              1944 - 1945

Shallenberger, Martin C., COL, INF              1941 - 1944

Edmunds, Kinzie B., COL, CAV                   September 1938 - 1941

Honeycutt, Francis W., COL, FA                  March 1937 - September 1938

McAndrew, Joseph A., COL, INF                            June 1936 - March 1937

Burtt, Wilson B., COL, INF                           May 1933 - June 1936

Woodruff, James, COL, CE                            July 1931 - May 1933

Byroade, George L., COL, INF                      July 1929 - July 1931

Brees, Herbert J., COL, CAV                         July 1925 - July 1929

Brown, Lytle, COL, CE                                 March 1925 - July 1925

Allen, Robert H., COL, INF                           July 1922 - March 1925

Drum, Hugh A., COL, INF                            August 1921 - July 1922

Booth, Ewing, LTC, CAV                              September 1920 - August 1921

Eltinge, Le Roy, LTC, CAV                           August 1919 - September 1920

McAndrew, James W., LTC, GS                   September 1916 - November 1916

Holbrook, Williard Ames, LTC, CAV            September 1914 - April 1916

Burnahm, William P., LTC, INF                    September 1912 - August 1914

Sayre, Farrand, MAJ, CAV                            July 1912 - September 1912

Morrison, John F., LTC, INF                        April 1908 - June 1912

Boughton, Daniel H., MAJ, CAV                  August 1907 - April 1908

Beach, Lansing H., MAJ, CE                         November 1906 - August 1907

Swift, Eben , MAJ, CAV                               October 1904 - August 1906

Wotherspoon, William M., MAJ, INF          January 1904 - September 1904

Wagner, Arthur Lockwood, COL, AGD        November 1903 - December 1903

Leach, Smith S., MAJ, CE                              September 1902 - November 1903

Augur, Jacob A., MAJ, CAV                         August 1897 - August 1898

 

 

Former Deputy Commandants of CGSC, 1897-2012 (CGSC)

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Mr John Van Stijn 2 years ago
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I don't know who to write. I have to inform someone in the military. Hopefully they can pass this along to whomever it would go to....Then, maybe the military can do something about our enemy here at home. Our country is being dismantled in front of our eyes. Please stop it- We need you to realize what is happening here. This is true...We have friends, from church, who got out of Cuba around the time of Castro. They said they saw the first dictator come in, like Obama. Eve...

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Founded: 1881
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Command and General Staff College
MacFarland, Sean
Deputy Commander

Brigadier General Sean B. MacFarland has served as the deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center (CAC)–Leader Development and Education, and deputy commandant of the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) since July 9. 2010. MacFarland also assumed responsibility for Intermediate Level Education at CGSC, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the School for Command Preparation, the Defense Language Institute and various other CAC educational institutions.

 
MacFarland’s mother, Nancy, has said that, "Our family business is the military.” One of her ancestors, Rowland Stafford, served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Her great-grandfather, David Stafford, fought in the Civil War. Sean MacFarland’s great-grandfather, Archibald MacFarland served in the Spanish-American War and earned a statue in his honor in Albany, New York.
 
MacFarland’s grandfather, Col. John MacFarland, was a West Point graduate who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. His father, Garth, spent 34 years in the Army, attaining the rank of colonel. Sean MacFarland’s brother, Chris, served in the Gulf War.
 
MacFarland himself graduated from West Point in 1981 and was commissioned as an armor officer. He served as a cavalry platoon leader and troop executive officer in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. He then served as a squadron logistics officer and troop commander in 3rd Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment, in Büdingen, Germany.
 
After earning a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech in 1990, he returned to Fort Bliss, working on research for the Strategic Defense Initiative (a.k.a. “Star Wars”). He then went back to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he served as the deputy regimental operations staff officer in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991).
 
MacFarland received additional graduate degrees, a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the Command and General Staff College and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the National Defense University.
 
Upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced
Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, he was assigned to 3rd Infantry Division in Würzburg, Germany. There, he served as the directorate of operations plans officer. He then was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, in Schweinfurt, Germany as the operations officer and later, the executive officer. During his tenure as executive officer, the squadron deployed to Bosnia as part of NATO’s Implementation Force (IFOR).
 
After returning to Würzburg as the deputy operations officer for 1st Infantry Division, MacFarland was assigned to Third Army’s Directorate of Operations Plans Division at Ft. McPherson, Georgia. While there, he deployed to Kuwait as part Operation Desert Thunder and was made the chief of the commanding general’s Initiatives Group. After spending a year and a half as the aide de camp for the commanding general, U.S. Army, Europe, in Heidelberg and commander of NATO’s Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Sarajevo, he assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment at Camp Able Sentry in Macedonia, where it was deployed as part of NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR).
 
Following two and a half years of battalion command, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. After graduating, he served as the chief of future operations for Combined/Joint Task Force 7 in Iraq. He was the operations officer of V Corps from April 2004 to June 2005, training troops to rescue soldiers in combat and recover the bodies of troops killed in action.
 
He then assumed command of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (the Ready First Combat Team) in Friedberg, Germany. The Ready First Combat Team was responsible for Tal Afar and West Ninawa province. MacFarland characterized his goals in Tal Afar as, "Clean it up, get the infrastructure back, and people will regain their confidence. It's not Camelot, but it's not Gotham either." Four months later, they moved to Ramadi, where they fought as a reinforced, joint Army/Marine Brigade Combat Team for nine months.given relatively free rein to develop a strategy for Ramadi, MacFarland rejected the.overwhelming force approach that had failed in Fallujah and instead worked with local Sunni tribal leaders, some of whom had previously attacked Americns, but who were also hostile to al-Qaeda. "I'm a product of Catholic schools," said MacFarland, “and I was taught that every saint has a past and every sinner can have a future.”
 
He also used tanks and drones to protect local government and police leaders. MacFarland established combat outposts in and around Ramadi in areas where al-Qaeda was strongest and he insisted that U.S. and Iraqi troops live and eat together rather than in segregated quarters. This led to heavy fighting and U.S. casualties.
 
Referring to a soldier who was killed by shrapnel from a mortar shell that exploded a few yards away from him, MacFarland said, ''I don't know if this war is worth the life of Terry Lisk, or 10 soldiers, or 2,500 soldiers like him. What I do know is that he did not die alone. He was surrounded by friends. A Greek philosopher [actually it was George Santayana] said that only the dead have seen the end of war. Only Terry Lisk has seen the end of this war.''
 
Ultimately, MacFarland’s strategy proved more effective than previous ones and became a model for activies elsewhere in Iraq.
 
After redeploying and inactivating the Brigade Combat Team, MacFarland served as chief of the Iraq Division, Plans and Policy Officer, The Joint Staff, for approximately one year before assuming command in June 2008 of Joint Task Force North at Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss, Texas, the Pentagon’s organization that assists local law enforcement with combating potential threats to the U.S.
 
In early 2008, MacFarland co-authored a four-page white paper, “The King and I: The Impending Crisis in Field Artillery’s ability to provide Fire Support to Maneuver Commanders,” in which he argued that the increased emphasis on counterinsurgency training was weakening the Army by caused a serious decline in the quality of artillery training.
 
MacFarland was promoted to brigadier general in September 2008. He and his wife, Lynda, have two children.
 
The Gamble: How Sean MacFarland's Tactics Turned Iraq's tide of Violence (by Thomas E. Ricks, The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq 2006-2008)
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O'Neill, Mark
Previous Deputy Commandant

The Deputy Commandant of the Command and General Staff College is Brigadier General Mark E. O’Neill, a native of St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in 1978 from the United States Military Academy, O’Neill was commissioned as an infantry soldier. He continued in the military, going on to command tactical units at the platoon, company, battalion and brigade levels. O’Neill served as Assistant Army Attaché in the Defense Attaché at the American Embassy in Beijing, China.

 
Brigadier General O’Neill has attended numerous schools and is a graduate of the US Army Foreign Area Officer’s Course, the Defense Language Institute, and the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California where he received a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs. He went on to study at the Beijing University School of Foreign Languages and the British Ministry of Defense Chinese Language School while assigned to the US Defense Liaison Office in Hong Kong.
 
O’Neill previously served as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy in the Department of Army, where he led the Army’s analytical assessment of the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to being appointed as Deputy Commandment of CGSC, O’Neill served as the Deputy Division Commander for Support for the 3rd Infantry Division located at Fort Benning, Georgia as well as the Deputy Division Commander for Support of the Multinational Division in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
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