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Photo of Stavridis award winners
NEWPORT, R.I. (Nov. 5, 2014) Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), stands with the 2014 Admiral James G. Stavridis Award for Excellence in Theater Strategic Planning winners following the TSDM final exercise and course capstone . The award serves as an opportunity to formally recognize the group of NWC TSDM course students who best demonstrate a thorough understanding of course curriculum and deliver exemplary insight to combatant command specific security, strategy and planning. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)


The Final Exercise (FX) is the capstone academic event for each of our core courses, providing each seminar with the opportunity to work as a group to integrate and present a challenging array of course concepts.

For the TSDM exercise, student seminars are organized into geographic combatant command (COCOM) working groups assigned to produce and present an executive-level strategic estimate of the near-term security environment, an outline of a theater strategy that advances and defends U.S. national interests, and a list of priorities necessary to advance that strategy.  
 
For the NSDM exercise, student seminars simulate national strategic planning working groups whose objective is to produce an executive-level global strategic estimate of the longer-term future security environment, and thus to contribute to a National Security Strategy and National Military Strategy that advances and defends U.S. national interests. They must also present operating concepts that describe how the future force will operate, a joint force structure within budget guidance, and a more specific case for implementation.
 
The best student seminars selected in each course competitively brief their products to a panel of senior national security professionals. The winning TSDM seminar receives the James G. Stavridis Award for Excellence in Theater Strategic Planning and the winning NSDM seminar receives the James V. Forrestal Award for Excellence in Strategy Development and Force Planning.