Conferences & Symposiums

Our wide variety of newsworthy lectures, symposia, and conferences, are headlined by the annual Current Strategy Forum, the biennial International Seapower Symposium, and our Evening Lecture Series.

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International Seapower Symposium

Attendees pose for a photograph during the Chief of Naval Operation’s 22nd International Seapower Symposium (ISS) at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

The International Seapower Symposium (ISS) is co-hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations and the President, U.S. Naval War College. It occurs in every second year. Attendees include chiefs of the navies and coast guards from nations around the globe. The CNO seeks individual thoughts and proposals for enhancing regional and global maritime security.

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Navy's Current Strategy Forum

Harlan K. Ullman from CNIGuard Ltd. and the Killowen Group, delivers a keynote address during the 68th annual Current Strategy Forum at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Secretary of the Navy's Current Strategy Forum has its origins in the Round Table Discussions first held at the Naval War College in May 1949. Their purpose was to bring together a small number of prominent civilian and military guests to discuss future U.S. strategy with senior officers attending the U.S. Naval War College.

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Naval War College’s Evening Lecture Series

Miles Young, chairman of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, provides guest speaker remarks to students, staff, faculty and guests during an evening lecture, “Recreating Our Maritime Heritage,” at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Naval War College’s Evening Lecture Series exists to bring nationally and globally recognized experts to speak at the college in support of its educational mission. The Evening Lecture Series is conducted on weekday evenings during the academic year annually from August to June. Whenever possible, these lectures are open to members of the local community, due to ongoing physical security procedures, guests must pre-register, and must be prepared to show a government-issued identification card at the access gate. If you would like to register for this event, please contact us at EveningLecture@usnwc.edu at least seven working days prior to the lecture.

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Knox Lecture Series

Presented quarterly at the Naval War College throughout the year

Presented quarterly at the Naval War College throughout the year, the “Knox lecture” series is designed to serve as a venue for scholarly papers on historical subjects, which are of current strategic interest to the U.S. Navy. Knox lecturers are encouraged to consider the example set by Commodore Dudley W. Knox as a strategic thinker, naval officer, professional educator, and as a maritime historian.

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EMC Chair Symposium

Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), provides opening remarks during an EMC Chair Symposium on Maritime Security held at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

Coined by EMC Vice President Chuck Hollis, an informationist understands the context of different kinds of information, the risks associated with different information types, and the opportunities associated with unlocking additional value of existing in-formation. Guided by this, my Chair activities are guided by partnership, policy relevance, and transparency.

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