Pringle Hall with international flags at the U.S. Naval War College.

History & Campus

The U.S. Naval War College (NWC), the oldest institution of its kind, was founded in 1884 by Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce. His leadership and vision laid a solid foundation for more than a century of professional development and research—and it all started with a desire to better educate the fleet. The college continuously evolves to prepare U.S. and international navies for the ever-changing political, economic, and social conditions of our nation and our world.

Establishing the Navy’s Home of Thought

Founded in 1884 by Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, the Naval War College educates and develops today’s military leaders and civilian officials through rigorous academics, strategic simulations, and practical learning experiences. From at-sea scenarios to in-depth discussions, the curriculum prepares ethically minded leaders to meet the operational and strategic challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Past Presidents

From the time of its founder and first president, the Naval War College has functioned to excel as the Navy's "Home of Thought". The vision and efforts of its storied presidents have ensured the college's place at the forefront of institutions dedicated to educating leaders.

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A Timeline: NWC through the Years

The Early Years: Creating a Curriculum

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Early 20th century

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Post-World War II

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21st century

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On the Horizon

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News, Media, & Events

U.S. Naval War College Closed for the Memorial Day Holiday

May. 27, 2024
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Rd, Newport, RI 02841

The Horrible Peace: British Veterans and the End of the Napoleonic Wars

Jun. 01, 2023
University of Massachusetts Press
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