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NEWPORT, R.I. (Aug. 7, 2014) Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks with guests of the 2014 Grand Strategy Workshop at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The NWC strategy and policy department hosted the three-day workshop, Aug. 6-8, following successful iterations in 2010 and 2012. The workshop is the third of what is intended to be a biannual event that seeks to: examine and discuss common problems and alternative approaches in teaching strategy, with a focus on the concept of grand strategy; promote trust and confidence by breaking down barriers between professional military education institutions and civilian universities; and share information about best practices in the profession. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)
NEWPORT, R.I. (Aug. 7, 2014) Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks with guests of the 2014 Grand Strategy Workshop at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The NWC strategy and policy department hosted the three-day workshop, Aug. 6-8, following successful iterations in 2010 and 2012. The workshop is the third of what is intended to be a biannual event that seeks to: examine and discuss common problems and alternative approaches in teaching strategy, with a focus on the concept of grand strategy; promote trust and confidence by breaking down barriers between professional military education institutions and civilian universities; and share information about best practices in the profession. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)


By U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Aug. 11, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. – The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) strategy and policy department hosted the 2014 Grand Strategy Workshop, Aug. 6-8, at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

Following successful iterations in 2010 and 2012, the workshop is the third of what is intended to be a biannual event that seeks to examine and discuss common problems and alternative approaches in teaching strategy, with a focus on the concept of grand strategy.

The intention of the Workshop is to promote trust and confidence, break down barriers between professional military education institutions and civilian universities, and share information about best practices in the profession.

“NWC professors have much to offer in the field of strategic studies due to our close association with those in the profession of arms, who are our students,” said Cmdr. Michael Riordan, a military professor in the strategy and policy department.

“Our teaching can enrich the curriculum at civilian institutions while we, in turn, gain from learning about current best practices in the teaching of strategy at leading national universities. In the end, we learn from each other about our craft and the strategic studies discipline, with our collective student bodies benefiting from this collaboration.”

All involved institutions benefit by attending a workshop designed to examine alternative approaches to teaching strategy. Given its tradition of teaching strategy dating back to Mahan, the NWC provides a valuable forum to advance our profession and carry out our mission of education, particularly in the field of strategy.

“The strategy and policy department continues to take an active role in reaching out to and connecting with universities and colleges offering courses in grand strategy,” said Michael Pavković, chair of the strategy and policy department.

“These relationships and the success of the strategy courses here over the years have directly influenced its adaptation and offering at several leading universities and colleges, including Yale University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. With the success of the Teaching Grand Strategy Workshop, we hope to expand on that distinguished list of institutions.”


Edited and posted by Daniel S. Marciniak