Strategic & Operational Research Department

The Strategic and Operational Research Department (SORD), part of U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Center for Naval Warfare Studies, produces innovative research and analysis for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the broader security community.

Strategic and Operational Research Department

Research and Analysis at SORD

SORD produces forward-thinking and timely research, analysis, and gaming that anticipates future operational and strategic challenges. We develop and assess strategic and operational concepts to overcome challenges by providing analytical products that inform the Navy’s leadership and help shape key decisions.

Regional Areas of Focus

Our regional areas of focus include Eurasia, the Indo-Asia-Pacific, and the greater Middle East. Faculty members not only possess in-country experience and historical knowledge, but also facility in critical languages such as Russian, German, French, Chinese, and Japanese.

Research Centers

We are home to several research centers and institutions that dive deeper into issues of interest to the Navy:

China Maritime Studies Institute

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Russia Maritime Studies Institute

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Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute

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Institute for Future Warfare Studies

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Advanced Research Programs

Faculty-led special advanced research programs also call our department home. These groups offer domestic students a chance to participate in gaming, research, and other real-world scenarios pertaining to strategy, planning, and operations.

Gravely Group

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Halsey Alfa

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Halsey Bravo

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Holloway

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Mahan Scholars

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Strategic & Operational Research Department Faculty

Our experienced and renowned faculty have years of earned expertise across a wide range of naval and educational topics. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.

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