William Bundy, director of U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) Gravely Naval Warfare Research Group, speaks with participants of the Unmanned Systems Workshop held at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
William Bundy, director of U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) Gravely Naval Warfare Research Group, speaks with participants of the Unmanned Systems Workshop held at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The three-day workshop is the first in a series that will culminate in the development of a comprehensive Navy unmanned systems roadmap. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)

Advanced Research Programs

Exceptional resident students have the opportunity to participate in an Advanced Research Programs (ARPs) in place of a required elective. These full-time research programs involve group work, individual study, faculty collaboration, wargaming, workshops, and even research trips.

From exploring emerging warfare technologies to developing operational strategy, ARPs give participants practical experience that can be applied to their careers, and, because projects are often shared with senior officers, their work may also inform future maritime decision-making.

In addition to our formal programs, students may also participate in an independent, faculty-directed research project.

Advanced Research Programs (ARPs)

Members from the Undersea Warfare Systems community gather for a Naval War College (NWC) Gravely Group workshop to assess concepts that will continue to help the United States maintain undersea dominance.
Members from the Undersea Warfare Systems community gather for a Naval War College (NWC) Gravely Group workshop to assess concepts that will continue to help the United States maintain undersea dominance. Held at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island, the workshop allowed Navy program managers to identify promising technology applications presented by Navy laboratories and warfare centers. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jess Lewis/Released)

Gravely Group

Named for Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr., this year-long graduate research program dedicated to innovative, emerging naval and joint warfare technologies and concepts.

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Halsey Alfa

This faculty-student program focuses on the tactical and operational level of war at the classified level. Participants use operations analysis and free-play wargaming to examine high-intensity conventional warfare scenarios.

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Halsey Bravo

Participants of this ARP work together through a potential scenario where an opponent is trying to establish and maintain sea control. Analysis of this challenge is conducted at the classified, tactical level, and results are shared with the chief of naval operations.

Participants receive a briefing on the current situation during the Navy-Private Sector Critical Infrastructure Wargame held at U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

Holloway ARP

The Holloway ARP is housed within the Russia Maritime Studies Institute. It is a collaborative student-faculty research effort that uses military operations research, free-play wargaming and open-source Russian-language research to conduct detailed studies of high-intensity conventional warfare.

Attendees participate in a panel discussion during the “Military Innovation and the New Presidential Administration: Lessons from the Past, Solutions for the Future” workshop held at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. March 30, 2017.
Attendees participate in a panel discussion during the “Military Innovation and the New Presidential Administration: Lessons from the Past, Solutions for the Future” workshop held at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. March 30, 2017. The workshop addressed multiple aspects of service-level initiatives, focusing on practical, policy-oriented issues for the new administration in order to maintain advantages of the U.S. military far into the future. (U.S. Navy photo by Edwin L. Wriston/Released)

Mahan Scholars

The Mahan ARP focuses on the nuclear environment, including discussing deterrence as a strategy and reviewing current debates in this realm. Students participate in a nuclear wargame scenario and complete an independent research paper.