Current Strategy Forums

The Secretary of the Navy's Current Strategy Forum (CSF) has its origins in the Round Table Discussions first held at U.S. 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 college.

Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), delivers a welcome address during the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum held at NWC.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), delivers a welcome address during the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum held at NWC. As NWC’s capstone academic event, the two-day forum brings together distinguished guests and students to explore issues of strategic national importance. This year’s theme is “Technology, Innovation and Strategy.” (U.S. Navy photo by Edwin L. Wriston/Released)

About Current Strategy Forums

Today, the forum is the capstone academic event for our students. Each forum focuses on one issue of strategic national importance. Distinguished speakers examine various facets of the current year's theme in a series of addresses and panel discussions, followed by question and answer sessions. All plenary sessions are convened in Spruance Auditorium.

During the forum, attendees break into informal classroom seminars chaired by faculty moderators, in which guests and students have the opportunity to discuss topics of current strategic concern. Seminar discussions add an interesting dimension to the forum and allow all participants to develop additional perspective on the theme.

2018 Current Strategy Forum

This year marks the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum. The event will bring together students, faculty and a cross-section of America’s civilian and military leadership to engage in a wide-ranging debate on national and international security.

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Past Current Strategy Forums

Past strategy forums continued the tradition of exploring the current strategy trends, challenges, and opportunities: discussing lessons from the past, rising political situations, grand military and maritime strategy, and economic and energy vulnerability.

See Past CSF Forums