Key tenets of the Naval War College’s intermediate and senior courses have been the development of operational- and strategic-level planning, decision-making, and leadership. NWC has considerably expanded its reach in developing such expertise at the operational level of war with the establishment in 2007 of the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership (COSL).
COSL aims to improve the capability of Navy commanders to lead maritime, joint, and multinational forces as well as improve the capability of Navy staff members to plan, execute, and assess and to function cohesively as a maritime operations center. The faculty is focused on supporting combat readiness at the operational level of war through the following:
The Navy’s C/JFMCC
courses are executive-level PME/JPME for U.S. (JFMCC) and international (CFMCC) flag and general officers designed to prepare them for theater-level combat leadership and the broad perspective of operational and strategic levels of war. The College runs two or three annually with JFMCC courses normally done in Newport and the CFMCC courses within a specific Area of Responsibility.
The Executive Level OLW Course (ELOC)
, focused at the senior leadership (O-6) level, ensures attendees are properly educated in and understand the intricacies of effectively participating in the decision making process and managing Maritime Headquarters (MHQ) and Maritime Operation Center (MOC) resources.
The Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC)
provides organizational and individual-level education and training in planning, execution, and assessment functions and tasks for Navy leaders assigned to a Maritime Operation Center (MOC) or other operational-level maritime staffs. These five-week-long courses are for Navy chiefs and officers en route to a MOC or operational-level maritime staff. Student throughput is currently programmed for about 700 students annually.
The Assist & Assess Team (AAT)
partners with fleet commanders, their maritime operations center (MOC) staffs and coordinates with other Navy, joint, interagency and multinational commands/organizations in order to enhance the Navy’s maritime command, control and readiness at the operational level of war (OLW). This is accomplished through tailored operational-level assistance and education to fleet staffs at the MOC sites, identification and sharing of challenges to maritime C2 and relevant effective practices, and fusing of doctrine and practices. Additionally, the AAT works in coordination with United States Fleet Forces Command to provide on-site support during major exercises to improve Navy OLW proficiency and support the evolution of maritime command and control.
The COSL faculty and staff also conduct strategic planning and policy development for leadership and ethics education and character development as they pertain to the College’s responsibility for developing operational and strategic level leaders. They also coordinate curriculum development efforts with the Dean of Academic Affairs, academic department chairs, the Director of the College of Distance Education, and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Electives and Directed Research for the purposes of integrating leadership education into the various Professional Military Education programs.
COSL faculty teach and mentor students selected for the Stockdale Group, develop the annual leadership and ethics theme, and then execute the ethics conference
and ongoing panels and speakers throughout the academic year.
U.S. Naval War College
College of Operational & Strategic Leadership (COSL)
686 Cushing Road
Newport, Rhode Island 02841-1207