Conferences and Symposia

Your academic experience at the Naval War College will be enhanced by several conferences and symposia. These programs afford both students and faculty valuable opportunities for stimulating encounters with contemporary military, political, and cultural leaders from both the professional and academic communities.

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students in the Joint Military Operations department participate in a Capstone Synthesis Event held at NWCs Pringle auditorium in Newport, Rhode Island.
U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students in the Joint Military Operations department participate in a Capstone Synthesis Event held at NWCs Pringle auditorium in Newport, Rhode Island. The purpose of the event is for the students to synthesize everything they learned during the trimester and apply that knowledge to a fictional problem. The course is designed to prepare future military and civilian leaders for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities requiring joint and service operational expertise and warfighting skills. 161102-N-RX668-029 NEWPORT, R.I. (Nov. 2, 2016)

Our conferences run the gambit from the annual capstone Current Strategy Forum, typically featuring the Chief of Naval Operations, to the biennial International Seapower Symposium attended by the leaders of many of the world’s navies.

Current Strategy Forum

The Current Strategy Forum is an academic year capstone event hosted annually by the Secretary of the Navy to discuss current military policy revolving around a predetermined theme. The Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps appear and provide snapshots of where their respective Services are in the area of military operations and where their services will be going in the near future. Prominent civilians from leading academic institutions also speak on topics ranging from the global economy to historical patterns. The civilian expertise provides students a new lens through which to view military operations.

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International Seapower Symposium

The biennial International Seapower Symposium (ISS) brings together heads of many of the world’s navies as a catalyst to international understanding. Held during the fall trimester, the Chief of Naval Operations invites the heads of navies and distinguished international naval leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities and to enhance common bonds of friendship. ISS provides a forum for maritime and naval leaders to exchange ideas with the leadership of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard and with the NWC faculty. The program features briefings and opportunities for international leaders to speak. Many of them are graduates of the Naval War College’s Naval Command College or Naval Staff College.

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Ethics Program

The initial Ethics Symposium, seminar discussions and guest speakers scheduled throughout the year focus students and faculty on the professional military ethic. Each year the ethics program is built around a core theme as well as weaving themes and questions of ethics throughout the core curriculum. The College invites guest speakers from academic institutions, the military, and other professions to discuss contemporary issues dealing with the professional military ethics.

Evening Lecture Series

The Naval War College’s Evening Lecture Series exists to bring nationally and globally recognized experts in such fields as national security, world affairs, contemporary social issues, scientific research, and private industry to speak at the college in support of its educational mission. The series is conducted on weekday evenings during the academic year that runs annually from August through June. This speaker’s series is sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation, through the generosity of its members.

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