Welcome Information for Joint Senior Public Affairs Course (JSPAC)

Welcome and congratulations on your selection to attend the Joint Senior Public Affairs Course (JSPAC)!

The course provides the capstone experience for senior public affairs leaders within the Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies, as well as foreign militaries. Students review operational challenges in today's complex security environments; they also explore and refine their roles as senior communication counselors and strategic planners through panel and guided discussions with senior leader mentors and distinguished guest speakers. The class participates in staff rides, examines case studies, and develops operational strategies for group and individual exercises.

Recommended Pre-course Training

Prior to attending JSPAC, students are encouraged to complete the following two courses on line (approximately three hours per course) through FEMA's Emergency Management Institute:

Course Bio

Please email a short bio no more than 12 lines in length (discussing your most recent positions/accomplishments, first) NLT one week prior to course start to JSPAC faculty lead Ms. Laura D. Johnston, laura.d.johnston4.ctr@mail.mil.


JSPAC is a demanding course. During 10 training days, students will participate in classes at the Defense Information School and in staff rides to Washington, D.C. Instruction will conclude no earlier than 4 p.m. on graduation day at the schoolhouse, so please do not make return travel arrangements prior to this time.

Uniforms and Business Attire

Military Personnel:  Please bring your Service Dress/Class A uniform or equivalent (White House Staff Ride); AND Class B uniform or equivalent (Pentagon). The uniform of the day in the schoolhouse is the duty uniform.

Civilian Personnel: We ask that you bring business attire MEN:  (White House) Business suit w/tie and dress shoes; (Pentagon) Business Suit w/tie and dress shoes OR sport jacket w/tie and dress trousers and dress shoes.  WOMEN: Professional suit OR dress OR dress top w/dress slacks or skirt; and comfortable dress shoes.

Computers and Laptops

The schoolhouse will provide computers for your use while on campus, but you’re encouraged to bring a personal laptop, which will enable you to work on assignments from remote locations.


You may be billeted on Fort Meade or off-post. If you billet off-post, the cost is borne by your unit of assignment. Please contact Ms. Mary Davis at Ft. Meade billeting, (410) 874-0853; mary.davis@ihg.com for a reservation or to help arrange off-post billeting. Several nice hotels are located within a short drive to Ft. Meade.

Again, welcome to JSPAC. We look forward to working with you during the course. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Johnston at Office: (301) 677-4256/Cell: (443) 622-3942; or me with any questions: Office: (301) 677-4481/E-mail: donald.f.smith38.civ@mail.mil. 

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