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Naval Command College Core Curriculum

The Naval War College has three core teaching departments: Strategy and Policy, National Security Affairs, and Joint Military Operations, each with separate faculty. Each department teaches one intermediate level course (ILC) and one senior level course (SLC).

Naval War College (NWC) Education

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. The College achieves this through the combined efforts of its three core academic departments - National Security Affairs, Joint Military Operations, Strategy and Policy - and through the College of Distance Education, the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, the electives program, and focused conferences and lectures. The ten month curriculum for resident students is divided into trimesters of three to four months.

Joint Military Operations (JMO) Curriculum

The Joint Military Operations curriculum focuses on the joint war fighting at the theater-strategic and operational levels of war. The JMO course prepares future military and civilian leaders for high-level policy, command, and staff positions requiring joint planning expertise and joint warfighting skills.

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National Security Affairs (NSA) Curriculum

The National Security Affairs (NSA) curriculum provides a broad, interdisciplinary foundation in contemporary security studies including the areas of international relations, regional studies, foreign policy analysis, and decision-making. Our course concludes with students conducting a structured assessment designed to develop national strategies for the “military after next.”

International officers join with the U.S, students for the entire academic year. The structuring of the course work permits one faculty, in one facility, to teach both senior and intermediate students, an effective and efficient use of resources.

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Strategy and Policy (S&P) Curriculum

Strategy and Policy curriculum teaches students to think strategically and prepares them for positions of strategic leadership. Strategy is the relationship between war’s purpose, objective, and means. The course is designed to sharpen each student’s ability to assess how alternative strategic courses of action achieve broad, national-level objectives. Students will think in a disciplined, critical, and original manner about the international strategic environment, about a range of potential strategies, and about the strategic effects of joint, interagency, and multinational operations.

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Additional Offerings

Field Studies Program

The Field Studies Program (FSP) gives the international officer a balanced understanding of the United States and an increased awareness of the basic issues of internationally recognized human rights.

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Research Opportunities

The Naval War College offers unique opportunities for you to conduct advanced research at the college or contribute to enhanced understanding of a particular geographic region.

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Electives & Areas of Study

Each academic year the Electives Program offers approximately 120 courses designed and taught by Naval War College professors and adjunct professors from M.I.T, the Fletcher School, and elsewhere.

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News, Media, & Events


Professional Military Education and the Cyber Domain Workshop

Jan. 17, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Ukraine Wants to Be Part of the West

Jan. 16, 2019
The National Interest
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