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About U.S. Naval War College

As the Navy’s “Home of Thought,” we educate and develop competent and ethical leaders, support combat readiness, strengthen global maritime partnerships, help define the future of our service branch, and contribute original strategy and legal research to the national and international community.

Students of U.S. Naval War College’s 2019 graduating class participate in a commencement ceremony on Dewey Field in Newport, R.I., June 14.
Students of U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) 2019 graduating class participate in a commencement ceremony on Dewey Field in Newport, R.I., June 14. The graduating class of 2019 included 318 resident students of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, federal civilian employees and 110 international students. Additionally, 1,080 students completed coursework through NWC’s College of Distance Education programs. (U.S. Navy photo by Jaima Fogg/Released)
U.S. Naval War College Academics


U.S. Naval War College (NWC) has trained more than 24,000 U.S. and international military officers and hundreds of federal civilian executives across its colleges and various academic centers. Whether our students are enrolled in a 10-month resident program or a short-term leadership course, they’ll benefit from NWC’s world-class faculty, rigorous curriculum, practical field study and research opportunities, and interactive wargaming experiences.

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Research & Wargaming at Naval War College
Research & Wargaming at U.S. Naval War College

Research and Wargaming

Simulating complex war situations—from sea to space to cyber—builds analytical, strategy and decision-making skills. Our Wargaming Department, established in 1887 and now part of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, not only enriches our curriculum, but helps shape defense plans and policies for various commands and agencies. The center also houses a number of specialized units dedicated to advanced research about war and the prevention of war.

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U.S. Naval War College Fundamentals


U.S. Naval War College has something to offer for students, faculty, and visitors, whether that's world-class education, wargaming opportunities, or historical research. Learn more about us through our annual reports, and explore fast facts about the the campus and the curriculum.

News, Media, & Events

U.S. Naval War College Graduation: November 2019

Nov. 13, 2019
11:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

NBNE Marching Band at Newport Columbus Day Parade

Oct. 14, 2019
12:00 p.m.
120 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

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    Whether you’re coming to our campus to participate in an evening lecture or you are interested in visiting the Navy’s “Home of Thought,” we look forward to having you aboard.

    Getting Here

    Naval Station Newport

    Newport is the Navy’s premier site for training officers, officer candidates, senior enlisted personnel and midshipman candidates, as well as testing and evaluating advanced undersea warfare systems.

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    Our Leadership

    An educational institution within the Department of the Navy, NWC’s president—typically a rear admiral—reports directly to the chief of naval operations and oversees academic and operational activities.

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