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History & Campus

Our institution has a rich history, and it has continuously evolved to prepare U.S. and international navies for the ever-changing political, economic, and social conditions of our nation and world.

Establishing the Navy’s Home of Thought

The U.S. Naval War College, 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 desire to better educate the fleet.

Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce

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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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Our Campus

When our college opened, our entire operation was housed in the old Newport Asylum for the Poor. Now known as Founders Hall, it’s a registered National Historic Landmark and is home to the Naval War College Museum.

The most iconic, stately structure on campus is Luce Hall, which opened in 1892 as the then-new home of the college. Overlooking the bay, the Belgium-inspired building was designed to hold the library, living quarters, classrooms, and offices. As our student body and academic offerings grew, our campus expanded to include a variety of buildings and features, from the historic Mahan Rotunda and Reading Room to the high-tech wargaming resources inside McCarty Little Hall.

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Past Presidents

From the time of its founder and first president, Rear Admiral Steven B. Luce in 1884, the Naval War College has been capably led 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 educating leaders.

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Naval Station Newport

The U.S. Naval War College is located at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport, home to more than 42 naval and defense commands and activities.

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College Leadership

The President of the Naval War College is accountable directly to the Chief of Naval Operations, who establishes the College's mission, provides general guidelines and appropriated funds for its operation.

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Contact Us

Have more questions? Please visit our contact us page for a list of frequently used and requested phone numbers.

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News, Media, & Events

Issues in National Security: Feral Cities

Apr. 24, 2018
4:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Why democracy is in decline

Apr. 23, 2018
Daily Times
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