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Foundation

In 1981, almost a century after Stephen B. Luce founded the Naval War College as "a place of original research on all questions relating to war and to statesmanship connected with war, or the prevention of war," the Center for Naval Warfare Studies was established within the College as a nexus for broadly based, advanced research on the naval contribution to a national strategy. Working in close conjunction with the teaching departments, this revitalized research arm of the College has thus fulfilled Luce's vision of the institution as a center of both scholarship and original research--an academic establishment which would serve as the home of theory and in-depth thinking for the naval profession in the United States.

The Center directly complements the curriculum at the Naval War College by providing a place for researching important professional issues which, in turn, inform and stimulate the faculty and students in the classroom. Moreover, from its very beginning, the Center has linked the Naval War College to the fleet and policymakers in Washington by serving as a focal point, stimulus, and major source of strategic and campaign thought, by integrating strategic, campaign, and tactical concepts, by linking strategic concerns with technological developments, and finally, by testing and evaluating concepts through war gaming.

Our Organization


The Dean of Naval Warfare Studies oversees the efforts of a full-time, government-funded research staff organized into six departments within the Center: Within the Strategic Research Department is the China Maritime Studies Institute which studies Chinese maritime developments.

Within the Warfare Analysis and Research Department are the Halseys and Mahan groups which are student-directed research groups.

Finally, we also have two detachments that provide support to NWC that are administratively attached to CNWS.  The Office of Naval Intelligence Detachment  who provides intelligence support and Naval Meteorological Professional Development Detachment who provides meteorological information and instruction.

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TELEPHONE: 401-841-2200
DSN: 841-2200
FAX: 401-841-3579
ADDRESS: Center for Naval Warfare Studies
U.S. Naval War College
686 Cushing Road
Newport, Rhode Island 02841