CWPC Contingency Wartime Planning CourseCWPC Contingency Wartime Planning Course


IP - 1200

INSTRUCTOR: Lt Col David Albert

DESCRIPTION: This lesson introduces the student to the basic requirements for successfully completing CWPC. It begins by talking about the Air Force core values, something which has been mandated to be covered in every course. It then goes on to cover a sampling of the planning related terms, acronyms, definitions, in other words the language of planning, which the students will encounter during the course and with which they must familiarize themselves as quickly as possible. Finally, during the course of covering these terms, the most important Joint and Air Force planning guidance and policy documents will be briefly reviewed.

OBJECTIVE: The object of this lesson is for each student to know the requirements for completing CWPC.


    1. Know the Air Force Core Values
    2. Know the terminology associated with the planning community

3. Know the general purpose and content of Joint and Air Force planning guidance and policy

REFERENCES: CWPC Desktop Reference and virtually all of the other documents we use during the course.

REQUIRED READING: Review the CWPC Desktop Reference for the definitions of the terms in the outline.








1. Introduction: This lecture will do several things. First, it will briefly go over something which most of you have heard of; Air Force Core Values. Then, because planning, just like every other functional area, has its own specialized vocabulary and language, we’ll cover a few of the most common and important terms you’ll hear in the first few days of the course. Hopefully this will help make these early lectures a bit more intelligible to those of you who are new to planning. And finally, as we cover these terms, we’ll briefly review a few of the more important Joint and Air Force documents and guidance that is out there and which you’ll be using as planners.

2. Core Values: The Air Force core values exist for all members of the Air Force family—officer, enlisted and civilian; active duty, retired, guard, and reserve. They are for all of us to know, understand and live by. They are much more than minimum standards. They remind us what it takes to get the mission done. They inspire us to do our very best at all times. They are the common bond among all comrades in arms, and they are the glue that unifies the force and ties us to the great warriors and public servants of the past.


3. Definitions:

a. Contingency Planning

b. Deliberate Planning

c. Crisis/Execution Planning

d. Operation Plans (OPLANS)


f. Functional Plans

g. Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan (JSCP)

h. War and Mobilization Plan (WMP)

i. Joint Planning and Execution Community (JPEC)

j. Joint Operation Planning and Execution System (JOPES).

k. Contingency Operations Mobility Planning and Execution System



m. UTC

n. Force Package

o. Deployment

p. Employment

q. inter-theater

r. intra-theater


4. Summary: During the past 45 minutes or so, we’ve looked at the Air Force Core Values, those things that hopefully you’ll keep in mind and apply to yourself throughout this course and your entire career. We’ve also looked at just a few of the most frequently used terms you’ll be hearing in the next few weeks. As you can see, there is a very specialized vocabulary associated with planning. The faster you can become comfortable and conversant with it, the easier your job will be. Faithfully using the CWPC Desktop Reference will help you learn the terms you need to know. Finally, you’ve been introduced to a few of the more important documents and guidance you’ll be using as planners. We feel these are some of the basic requirements you need to successfully complete CWPC and to be able to go out and do a good job as a planner, regardless of what level you operate at.