McCarty Little Hall, a wargaming facility
The War Gaming Department is located in McCarty Little Hall, a 110,000 square foot war gaming facility which opened in 1999. The building is named after Captain William McCarty Little, who was instrumental in the introduction and development of war gaming techniques at the Naval War College dating back to 1887.

Research & Wargaming at U.S. Naval War College

The Center for Naval Warfare Studies at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) complements our curriculum by serving as a home for original research and innovative thinking. Dedicated to studying the Navy’s contribution to national strategy, the center is made up of several departments, each with a mission of its own.

The War Gaming Department is located in McCarty Little Hall, a 110,000 square foot war gaming facility which opened in 1999.
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The Strategic and Operational Research Department at NWC produces studies, reports and briefings either generated internally or at the request of Navy or Marine Corps officials and other senior military and agency leaders. Faculty and staff research is shared on campus and beyond through publication and at conferences, meetings and seminars—as well as in the classroom. Exceptional NWC students can pursue scholarly opportunities through study groups and advanced research programs.

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Students gathered to do some wargmaing simulations

Wargaming Department

NWC has been actively creating and executing wargames on campus and beyond since 1887. From high-tech to table-top, these operational exercises allow students and researchers to test and evaluate concepts—and to gain experience making important combat decisions in a classroom environment.

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    Study Groups

    Resident students may consider exploring maritime challenges and policies in a specific region of the world, from the Arctic to Africa, through our focused study groups.

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    Special Research Programs

    Spend a trimester engaged in full-time research in one of our special research programs. Guided by a faculty member, you’ll produce a thesis-quality paper on the approved topic of your choice.

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    NWC research, Navy thought leadership, and other college and general maritime news can be found via various on-campus outlets, including publications through the Naval War College Press, the quarterly Naval War College Review, and MOC Warfighter magazine.

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