Main Naval War College building

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

Other Offerings at NWC


As the “Navy’s Home of Thought,” U.S. Naval War College produces a variety of news reports, research publications, books, and journals, including the Naval War College Review.

See Our Publications

Research & Wargaming

The Center for Naval Warfare Studies at U.S. Naval War College complements our curriculum by serving as a home for original research and innovative thinking.

Research & Wargaming

Academic Departments

U.S. Naval War College’s academic departments support our curriculum by providing core and elective coursework, and through research, gaming, and educational programming opportunities.

Academic Departments

News, Media, & Events

Issues in National Security Lecture 2: "Teaching Leadership to Senior Navy Leaders"

Jan. 28, 2020
4:30 p.m.
Pringle Auditorium, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Inside Story: Professor says Russian election meddling predates Trump

Jan. 25, 2020
Providence Journal
Article Publication