Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks to the students, staff, faculty, and guests during a graduation ceremony at NWC.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks to the students, staff, faculty, and guests during a graduation ceremony at NWC. Sixty-one students from the 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 Master of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Caitlin Blanchard/Released)

Academic Vision & Outcomes

At U.S. Naval War College (NWC), original research and thoughtful scholarship come together to address the Navy’s current and evolving operational challenges. Rear Adm. Stephen B. Luce, founding president of the college, envisioned our institution as the hub for advancing the naval contribution to a national military strategy.

Educating Future Leaders

Our strategic plan further refines our academic vision, keeping Luce’s words intact:

[The War College] is a place of original research on all questions relating to war and to statesmanship connected with war, or the prevention of war.

Our programs serve as the foundation of enduring relationships of inestimable value to our nation and the world. To support our vision, our educational enterprise invests in strengthening the creative and intellectual capital of our staff and faculty members. We recruit and retain the highest-caliber experts and professionals in their respective fields.

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NWC graduates are innovative, ethical leaders who understand the complexities of contemporary national and international security environments; plan and think strategically; are masters of the operational art; and lead maritime, joint, interagency and multinational operations confidently to achieve national security objectives.

Graduates of our programs are able to advance in rank and grow in their military careers, a practical outcome of Professional Military Education and Joint Professional Military Education.

Defining Our Mission

Our global network of alumni includes active duty flag and general officers, U.S. ambassadors, and leaders in government, academia, and other public service positions. Our international graduates include ministers of defense, ambassadors, heads of state, and chiefs of navies.

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Our academic programs, from year-long resident and distance education programs to short-term leadership courses, support our educational vision and strategic mission.

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Visiting the College

Whether you’re coming to the U.S. Naval College to participate in an evening lecture or are visiting the Navy’s “Home of Thought,” we look forward to having you aboard.

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Our Faculty Members

We are proud of our faculty, which comprises active and retired senior military officers and government officials as well as highly-credentialed expert civilians.

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