The U.S. Naval War College operates today in keeping with the traditions and vision first established by our founding President, Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, USN, who in 1884 founded the U.S. Naval War College to serve as “a place of original research on all questions relating to war and to statesmanship connected with war, or the prevention of war.” Vice Admiral Stansfield Turner, USN, the College’s thirty-seventh President, added focus and specificity to that description of the character of the institution with the following injunction: “Any new improvement in the College’s courses of instruction must support the objective of the U.S. Naval War College, which is to enhance the capability of naval officers to make sound decisions in both command and management positions. To do this the College will emphasize intellectual development and academic excellence.” Although much about the world’s international challenges has changed, the essence of the U.S. Naval War College’s mission remains the same.

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