Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks to the students, staff, faculty, and guests during a graduation ceremony at NWC.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks to the students, staff, faculty, and guests during a graduation ceremony at NWC. Sixty-one students from the College of Naval Warfare and College of Naval Command and Staff were recognized for their achievements and received either a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies or Master of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Caitlin Blanchard/Released)

Academic Vision & Outcomes

At U.S. Naval War College (NWC), original research and thoughtful scholarship come together to address the Navy’s current and evolving operational challenges. Rear Adm. Stephen B. Luce, founding president of the college, envisioned our institution as the hub for advancing the naval contribution to a national military strategy.

Educating Future Leaders

Our strategic plan further refines our academic vision, keeping Luce’s words intact:

[The War College] is a place of original research on all questions relating to war and to statesmanship connected with war, or the prevention of war.

Our programs serve as the foundation of enduring relationships of inestimable value to our nation and the world. To support our vision, our educational enterprise invests in strengthening the creative and intellectual capital of our staff and faculty members. We recruit and retain the highest-caliber experts and professionals in their respective fields.

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NWC graduates are innovative, ethical leaders who understand the complexities of contemporary national and international security environments; plan and think strategically; are masters of the operational art; and lead maritime, joint, interagency and multinational operations confidently to achieve national security objectives.

Graduates of our programs are able to advance in rank and grow in their military careers, a practical outcome of Professional Military Education and Joint Professional Military Education.

Defining Our Mission

Our global network of alumni includes active duty flag and general officers, U.S. ambassadors, and leaders in government, academia, and other public service positions. Our international graduates include ministers of defense, ambassadors, heads of state, and chiefs of navies.

Faculty Members, Programs, & More

Naval War College Faculty

NWC is proud of its faculty, which comprises both active and retired senior military officers, government officials, and highly credentialed expert civilians.

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Discover Our Programs

Our academic programs, from year-long resident and distance education programs to short-term leadership courses, support our vision and mission.

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Naval Station Newport

The college is located at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport in Newport, Rhode Island where it is home to more than 42 naval and defense commands and activities.

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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