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Naval Staff 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

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. 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.

NSC Curriculum

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Joint Maritime Operations (JMO) Curriculum

The Joint Maritime Operations curriculum focuses on the joint war fighting at the theater-strategic and operational levels of war. The JMO course prepares 21 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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Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) Curriculum

The National Security Affairs (NSA) curriculum educates students in effective decision-making and leadership on security issues, particularly those involving force selection and planning challenges within national and theater resource constraints. The curriculum focuses on national defense and military strategic concepts. 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 Warfare (S&W) Curriculum

The Strategy and War 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.

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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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Conferences & Symposia

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

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