U.S. Naval War College (NWC) hosts its 2017 commencement ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
U.S. Naval War College (NWC) hosts its 2017 commencement ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The graduating class of 2017 included 423 resident students of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, federal civilian employees and 105 international students. Additionally, 1,079 students completed coursework through NWC’s College of Distance Education programs. 170616-N-CV398-018 NEWPORT, R.I. (June 16, 2017)

College of Naval Command and Staff Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the CNC&S curriculum, you will be awarded a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies and JPME Phase I credit. Depending on your elective track or participation in programs such as MAWS or ASP, you may also be awarded Additional Qualification Designations (AQD’s) or Subspecialty Codes (SSC’s).

The Naval War College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to award qualified resident U.S. graduates of the College of Naval Command and Staff with a Master of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies. The college is also accredited by the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff to award JPME Phase I credit for this intermediate program.

Intermediate Level Course

The Intermediate Level Course (ILC), taught to CNC&S students addresses campaigns and war strategies, theater level leadership and decision making, and operational planning and is designed to support the following Intermediate Level PME outcomes:

  • Skilled in applying operational art (OPART) to maritime, joint, interagency, and multinational warfighting
  • Skilled in the Joint/Navy Planning Process
  • Capable of critical thought with operational perspectives
  • Prepared for operational level leadership challenges
  • Effective maritime spokespersons

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Core Curriculum

The Naval War College (NWC) education provides a framework in which military and civilian leaders gain a profound understanding of strategy and operations, as well as the ability to think critically, deal with uncertainty and surprise, be proficient in joint matters, comprehend the security environment, and all elements of national power.

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Other Academic Opportunities

The Naval War College offers several special programs that provide resident students opportunities to conduct advanced research at the college. These programs provide enhanced educational experiences for select students; encourage innovative and critical thinking; contribute to the professional military and national security literature.

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New student orientation is a multi-day event designed to prepare you for your upcoming Naval War College experience and give you the information you need to be ready when classes begin. It will provide you the opportunity to meet the college leadership and learn about the academic year.

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News, Media, & Events


Issues in National Security: Looking Outward to the Future

Jan. 23, 2018
4:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
War on the Rocks
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