Naval Command College Diploma

International Officers in the Naval Command College complete a robust program of academic core courses and electives, as well as professional development including a Field Studies program, conferences and symposia, and intramural sports. Upon completion they receive a Naval War College Diploma. Beginning with the academic year 2017-2018 class, select students will be eligible to earn a Master’s of Arts degree in national Security and Strategic Studies.
Naval Command College students

General Information

Eligibility

The Naval Command College is open to senior international naval officers in the O-5 and O-6 paygrade.

Location & Duration

The eleven month program convenes every year in July at the Naval War College campus in Newport, RI.

Learning Format

Core Courses are primarily conducted in seminar format but include capstone exercises, wargame participation, and comprehensive writing assignments.

Outcome

International Officers that complete the NCC program will receive a NWC diploma and significant college credits that can be applied towards completion of a master’s degree. Beginning with the incoming class for academic year 2017-2018, qualifying international officers may pursue a master's degree at NWC as well.

Program Structure

Fall Trimester

Joint Military Operations (JMO) - 13 weeks

Required | Core Course
The Joint Military Operations (JMO) Senior Level Course (SLC) is an in-depth study of the theater-strategic and operational levels of war across the spectrum of conflict.

Student Selected Elective - 10 weeks

Optional | Elective
The electives program, which is optional but encouraged for international officers, offers graduate level courses that expand treatment of subjects covered in the core curriculum, explore subjects not available in the core curriculum, and provide specialized areas of study for those students desiring to focus on a certain subject. Each elective meets for ten three-hour sessions. Note: Electives are required each trimester for those international officers pursuing a master’s degree.

Field Studies Program

Required | Professional Development
Field Studies Program Visits provide NSC students with a balanced understanding of U.S. society, institutions, and culture through exposure to various topics, including the U.S. governmental structure, judicial system, economic system, political party system, press and other communication media, urban issues, agriculture, and education institutions. Approximately six out-of-area trips and numerous day trips.

Winter Trimester

National Security and Decision Making - 13 weeks

Required | Core Course
The senior-level National Security Decision Making (NSDM) course focuses on strategic level issues, including the effective selection and leadership of military forces in the context of constrained national resources, strategic planning and selection of future military forces and their potential use as an instrument of national power.

Student Selected Elective - 10 weeks

Optional | Elective
The electives program, which is optional but encouraged for international officers, offers graduate level courses that expand treatment of subjects covered in the core curriculum, explore subjects not available in the core curriculum, and provide specialized areas of study for those students desiring to focus on a certain subject. Each elective meets for ten three-hour sessions. Note: Electives are required each trimester for those international officers pursuing a master’s degree.

Field Studies Program

Required | Professional Development
Field Studies Program Visits provide NSC students with a balanced understanding of U.S. society, institutions, and culture through exposure to various topics, including the U.S. governmental structure, judicial system, economic system, political party system, press and other communication media, urban issues, agriculture, and education institutions. Approximately six out-of-area trips and numerous day trips.

Spring Trimester

Strategy and Policy (S&P) - 13 weeks

Required | Core Course
The senior-level S&P course emphasizes grand strategy. It employs distinct case studies to consider the long-term effectiveness of all instruments of national power, the importance of the ability to adapt in strategic leadership, and the strategic success and failure of great and regional powers as well as non-state actors over long periods of time.

Student Selected Elective - 10 weeks

Optional | Elective
The electives program, which is optional but encouraged for international officers, offers graduate level courses that expand treatment of subjects covered in the core curriculum, explore subjects not available in the core curriculum, and provide specialized areas of study for those students desiring to focus on a certain subject. Each elective meets for ten three-hour sessions. Note: Electives are required each trimester for those international officers pursuing a master’s degree.

Field Studies Program

Required | Professional Development
Field Studies Program Visits provide NSC students with a balanced understanding of U.S. society, institutions, and culture through exposure to various topics, including the U.S. governmental structure, judicial system, economic system, political party system, press and other communication media, urban issues, agriculture, and education institutions. Approximately six out-of-area trips and numerous day trips.

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Naval Command College Curriculum

Core Teaching

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).

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NCC Field Studies Program

Field Studies Program

The Field Studies Program consists of a series of visits and single-day field trips designed to provide NCC students with a balanced understanding of U.S. society, institutions, and culture through exposure to various topics, including the U.S. governmental structure, judicial system, economic system, political party system, press and other communication media, urban issues, agriculture, and education institutions.

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