The Indian Ocean Studies Group studies the Indian Ocean as a whole, with a maritime focus that crosses U.S. government organizational and traditional land-centric geographic seams.

Chair, Indian Ocean Studies Group

The goal of the Indian Ocean Studies Group is to closely examine issues and areas that may be relatively understudied, and bring a uniquely maritime point of view to the region to provide valuable insights to policy makers and analysts in accordance with the educational mission of the Naval War College.  

The Indian Ocean Studies Group (IOSG) serves as the Naval War College’s principal forum for addressing the full range of Indian Ocean strategy and policy issues.  The IOSG sponsors a broad range of activities, including group meetings, a vibrant visiting speakers’ program, as well as workshops and conferences.  Finally, The IOSG coordinates the dissemination of current research and publication of final research results to inform the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense and the broader U.S. Government community of interest, especially in the realms of strategy, policy and planning.