SOF Creative Problem Solving Fundamentals

Innovation & Experimentation Lab SOFCPS-F SOC 3471 Open Nomination Only Unclassified


This faculty guided course is designed to provide students with an orientation to the fundamentals of creativity and innovation, as well as an introduction to the 4-stage (CLARIFY, IDEATE, DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT), creative problem-solving (CPS) process for application in SOF peculiar context. Students will also work in teams to apply the CPS process to real-world problems and present potential solutions to a senior SOF leader. The course seeks to provide students a Mindset, Toolset and Skillset for the CPS process. Duration: The course is presented over 5 days Location: In-residence at USSOCOM Component Locations or as requested.


Personnel assigned to USSOCOM, its components, TSOCs, and those units and agencies in direct support of USSOCOM. Others will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Grades: E5 - E9 and O-1 to O-10 and Government Civilian equivalents. *24 seats available per iteration.


All required texts and materials will be available to the students and issued upon arrival in the classroom. A FourSight Assessment link will be sent via email to each student to be completed before the course date. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

24A (23-Oct-2023 to 27-Oct-2023)
Location: Fort Liberty, NC
Comments: Registration Open Resident Start Date: 10/23/23 Resident End Date: 10/27/23
24B (04-Dec-2023 to 08-Dec-2023)
Location: Hurlburt Field
Comments: Registration Open Resident Start Date: 12/04/23 Resident End Date: 12/08/23
24C (09-Sep-2024 to 13-Sep-2024)
Location: Camp Lejeune
Comments: Registration Open: 07/09/24 Resident Start Date: 09/09/24 Resident End Date: 09/13/24
Enrollment Closed
24D (25-Sep-2024 to 29-Sep-2024)
Location: Coronado
Comments: Registration Open: 07/25/24 Resident Start Date: 09/25/24 Resident End Date: 09/29/24
Enrollment Closed