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 Guiding Vision

The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) informs today’s decision-makers and educates tomorrow’s leaders by providing educational experiences and learning opportunities that develop their ability to anticipate and prepare strategically for the future, strengthen the foundations of peace, and create a decisive warfighting advantage.

U.S. Naval War College’s Mission

NWC delivers excellence in education, research, and outreach. In today’s dynamic security environment, even if numerical and technological superiority could be achieved, it would not be enough to ensure victory over an array of potential adversaries. Graduates must possess the mental strength and flexibility to out-think competitors in all domains. The U.S. Naval War College deepens the intellectual engagement of naval, joint, interagency, and international leaders and warriors to achieve that cognitive advantage.

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Strategic Plan 2022 - 2027

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 2022-2027

15-Year Infrastructure, Modernization, and Maintenance Plan - 2022

Since 1884, our campus has grown to 13 buildings on 27 acres overlooking historic Narragansett Bay. Those who came before us made herculean efforts to maintain the infrastructure of our campus, but with buildings of this age, upkeep is constant and repairs are expensive. The following plan provides a comprehensive review of our campus, its buildings, our challenges, and a 15-year vision of future facilities.

15-Year Plan

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News, Media, & Events

New Student Orientation

Jul. 30-01, 2024
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Rd, Newport, RI 02841

The U.S. Navy Is All About Warfighting and Combat Readiness

Jan. 20, 2024
The National Interest
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