Educate and Develop Leaders

The Naval War College provides current, rigorous and relevant professional military education (PME) programs supporting the Navy’s Professional Military Education Continuum. These PME programs must meet the standards required in law and policy and be accessible to the maximum number of qualified U.S. officers and Navy enlisted personnel, civilian employees of the U.S. Government, and international senior enlisted leaders and officers. The education should foster an active and growing community linked by PME including leadership with professional ethics that furthers global maritime security.

The desired effect is a career continuum of PME, including leadership development and professional ethics, which produces a group of leaders of character. These leaders have trust and confidence in each other and are operationally and strategically minded, critical thinkers, proficient in joint matters, and skilled naval and joint warfighters prepared to meet the operational level of war (OLW) and strategic challenges of today and tomorrow.

Support Defining the Future Navy and Associated Roles and Missions 

The Naval War College conducts research, analysis, and gaming to support the requirements of the Secretary of the Navy, the CNO, the combatant commanders, the Navy component commanders, the Navy’s numbered fleet commanders, other Navy and Marine Corps commanders, the U.S. intelligence community, and other departments and agencies of the U.S. Government.

The desired effect is a program of focused, forward-thinking and timely research, analysis, and gaming that anticipates future operational and strategic challenges; develops and assesses strategic and operational concepts to overcome those challenges; assesses the risk associated with these concepts; provides analytical products that inform the Navy’s leadership and help shape key decisions; and contributes effectively to the public discourse on U.S. national security policy. 

Support Combat Readiness

The Naval War College conducts OLW education, leadership and professional ethics training, education, and assessment activities to support the ability of the Navy’s joint force maritime component commanders (JFMCCs) and Navy component commanders to function effectively as operational commanders. This effort shall include supporting the needs of joint force commanders, Navy component commanders, and the Navy’s numbered fleet commanders for including operational planning, analysis, assessment, and wargaming to respond to emerging operational requirements.

The desired effect is to improve the capability of Navy commanders to lead maritime, joint and combined forces; and their staff members to plan, execute, and assess force employment options in order to function cohesively within the context of an operational level maritime staff. 

Strengthen Global Maritime Partnerships 

The Naval War College brings together flag, senior and intermediate level naval leaders from other countries to develop them for high command in their navies; promote an open exchange of views between international security professionals which encourages friendship and cooperation and builds trust and confidence; and study operational planning methods and common maritime security challenges. The Naval War College shall develop research and gaming collaboration with its sister institutions in other navies and work to improve the general level of maritime research and analysis.

The desired effect is to maintain and further strengthen the global maritime partnerships upon which the safety of the U.S. homeland and the secure flow of oceanic commerce depend.
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