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About U.S. Naval War College

As the Navy’s “Home of Thought,” we educate and develop competent and ethical leaders, support combat readiness, strengthen global maritime partnerships, help define the future of our service branch, and contribute original strategy and legal research to the national and international community.

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U.S. Naval War College Academics

Academics

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) has trained more than 24,000 [GC1] U.S. and international military officers and hundreds of federal civilian executives across its six colleges and various academic centers. Whether our students are enrolled in a 10-month resident program or a short-term leadership course, they’ll benefit from NWC’s world-class faculty, rigorous curriculum, practical field study and research opportunities, and interactive wargaming experiences.

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Research & Wargaming at Naval War College
Research & Wargaming at U.S. Naval War College

Research and Wargaming

Simulating complex war situations—from sea to space to cyber—builds analytical, strategy and decision-making skills. Our Wargaming Department, established in 1887 and now part of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, not only enriches our curriculum, but helps shape defense plans and policies for various commands and agencies. The center also houses a number of specialized units dedicated to advanced research about war and the prevention of war.

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    History & Campus

    Founded in 1884 by Rear Adm. Stephen B. Luce, our institution has a rich history, and it has continuously evolved to prepare both U.S. and international navies for the ever-changing political, economic and social conditions of our nation and world.

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    Naval Station Newport

    Since the Navy’s infancy during the Revolutionary War, it has maintained a presence in the Narragansett Bay. Today, Naval Station Newport is home to 50 U.S. military commands and activities and more than 8,000 employees.

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    Our Leadership

    An educational institution within the Department of the Navy, NWC’s president—typically a rear admiral—reports directly to the chief of naval operations and oversees academic and operational activities. The senior leadership team includes a command master chief, provost, vice president, and various deans and directors.

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