Institute for Future Warfare Studies

The mission of the Institute for Future Warfare Studies (IFWS) is to serve as the focal point for the U. S. Naval War College actions to support identifying and defining the future warfare trends, and associated roles and missions for the future Navy. The IFWS will contribute to the analysis by thinking about future warfare and the potential impact on the naval services.

Director, Institute for Future Warfare Studies

The Institute for Future Warfare Studies (IFWS) conducts and facilitate research across the entire U.S. Naval War College spectrum, and analysis to support the requirements of the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Combatant Commanders, the Navy component commanders and numbered fleet commanders, and other Navy and Marine Corps commanders.

Contributing to NWC mission accomplishment and fostering Naval innovation, IFWS leads a program of focused, forward- thinking, innovative and timely research and analysis that informs senior leaders anticipate future strategic and operational challenges for the Navy; generates and assesses strategic and operational approaches to address these challenges; assesses the strategic and operational risks associated with various approaches; provides analytical products that while encompassing long- term views, may also illuminate near- and mid-term program decisions that inform the Navy’s leadership and contribute to key decisions; and contributes meaningfully and effectively to the public discourse regarding U.S. national security and maritime matters.

To provide the fullest appreciation of the strategic opportunities and challenges for the Department of the Navy, the Institute of Future Warfare Studies interacts with public and private organizations, companies, academic institutions, and individuals at all levels.  The Institute seeks to build and foster collaborative partnerships with other government research centers, civilian academic institutions, businesses, private organizations and individuals.  Such partnerships will foment research on the future national security environment and future Naval capabilities.