The U.S. Naval War College holds a graduation ceremony, March 3.
The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) holds a graduation ceremony, March 3. Fifty-seven students from NWC’s College of Naval Warfare and College of Naval Command and Staff were recognized for their achievements and received either a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies or a Master of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Tyler D. John/Released)

Our Mission

U.S. Naval War College’s mission is to educate and develop future leaders by building strategic and cultural perspective and enhancing the capability to advise senior leaders and policy-makers.

U.S. Naval War College’s Mission

To accomplish this, the college must preserve a current and relevant curriculum, a world class faculty and staff, and the best and brightest joint student body educated both during their time at the college and through a robust alumni program of lifelong learning afterward.

Educate and Develop Future Leaders

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Help to Define the Future Navy and its Roles and Missions

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Support Combat Readiness

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Strengthen Global Maritime Partnerships

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Promote Ethics and Leadership Throughout the Force

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Contribute knowledge to shape effective decisions through our JohnB. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research expertise

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Educate future leaders, conduct original research and provide expertise on the international law affecting military operations through the Stockton Center for International Law (SCIL).

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Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021

We operate today in keeping with the traditions and vision first established by our founding President, Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, USN, who in 1884 founded U.S. Naval War College to serve as “a place of original research on all questions relating to war and to statesmanship connected with war, or the prevention of war.”

Strategic Plan 2017-2021

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Advanced Research Programs

From emerging warfare technologies to operational strategy, Advanced Research Programs give participants practical experience that can be applied to their careers.

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Publications

Whether you’re a scholar, military leader, government professional, or an independent researcher, we have a wide array of ideas, analysis, and opinions available.

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Learning Commons

The Learning Commons comprises a variety of services including the library, writing center, bookstore, a hot and cold cafe, information resource department, and more.

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News, Media, & Events

Coronavirus: What You Should Know

Mar. 13, 2020
News Publication

POSTPONED: "Issues in National Security Lecture 7: The Arctic Ocean Region and American Power"

Apr. 07, 2020
4:30 p.m.
Pringle Auditorium, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Poor Leadership During Times of Disease: Malta and the Plague of 1813

Mar. 27, 2020
War on the Rocks
Article Publication