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Academic Departments

U.S. Naval War College’s academic departments support our curriculum by providing core and elective coursework, and through research, gaming, and educational programming opportunities. Our three primary teaching departments, Strategy & Policy, Joint Military Operations, and National Security Affairs, each offer one intermediate-level and one senior-level course.

NWC Academic Departments

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U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students listen to a keynote address on sea power and national strategy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jess Lewis/released)

Strategy & Policy (S&P)

Our S&P department teaches students how to make sound judgements in joint, interagency, and multinational environments. S&P’s courses explore case studies and offer a blend of liberal arts and professional disciplines, from political science to multicultural studies.

The Joint Military Operations (JMO) department at U.S. Naval War College (NWC), Newport, Rhode Island, hosts its Capstone educational event which is designed to expose students in the courses to maritime warfare problems and how to creatively approach them.

Joint Military Operations (JMO)

The JMO department addresses enduring principles that govern military operations, including collaborating with other services, U.S. agencies, and multinational partners. Its courses focus on the theater-strategic and operational levels of war.

Army Lt. Col. Patrick Pflaum, a U.S. Naval War College student in the National Security Affairs department participates in the National Security Decision Making Final Exercise in the college’s Spruance auditorium in Newport, Rhode Island.

National Security Affairs

We’re one of the nation’s oldest and largest graduate departments focused on national and international security studies. Our rigorous courses, designed for mid-career professionals, focus on theater decision-making and global and regional strategy.

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Strategic and Operational Research (SORD)

SORD is home to a variety of specialized centers, groups, and institutes, all of which work to produce innovative, strategic research and analysis for the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. Its faculty members teach electives, supervise student research projects, and support curriculum development.

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Wargaming

The wargaming department conducts high-quality research, gaming, and analysis. Here, future leaders can hone their strategic, risk-assessment, and decision-making skills. Wargaming efforts also help inform key Navy decisions.

Chief Yeoman Jessica McHam-Rewerts presents six newly promoted chief petty officers during a pinning ceremony at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island.
Chief Yeoman Jessica McHam-Rewerts presents six newly promoted chief petty officers during a pinning ceremony at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. The newly promoted CPOs included (left to right): Chief Logistics Specialist Jacqueline Edney, Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) Richard Black II, Chief Fire Control
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Leadership & Ethics

Leadership & Ethics is responsible for the Leadership & Ethics area of study in the Naval War College’s electives program, Professional Military Ethics Program, and the Stockdale Group Advanced Research Program. The department works closely with the Navy Leadership and Ethics Center (NLEC) as well as with Navy leadership on issues involving character development and stewardship of the profession of arms, to include supporting the execution of the Navy Leader Development Strategy in supporting the development of an effective Navy Leader Development Continuum from Seaman Recruit to Admiral.