The PINNACLE curriculum helps prepare prospective joint/combined force commanders to lead joint and combined forces, building upon the progression of knowledge imparted first by CAPSTONE and then by the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course. The course is conducted through classroom interactive seminars guided by retired three- and four-star and equivalent interagency senior mentors, reinforced by video teleconferences with commanders in the field and high-level guest speakers.


Convey to the prospective joint/combined force commander an understanding of national policy and objectives with attendant international implications and the ability to operationalize those objectives/policy into integrated campaign plans. The overarching goal is to set conditions for future success in the joint, combined, and interagency arenas by utilizing advanced knowledge of operational art to underpin the instinct and intuition of the prospective commanders.