Conferences & Symposiums

Our wide variety of newsworthy lectures, symposia, and conferences, are headlined by the annual Current Strategy Forum, the biennial International Seapower Symposium, and our Evening Lecture Series.

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Breaking the Mold

Mr. Thomas B. Modly, 33rd Undersecretary of the Navy, addresses attendees of "Breaking the Mold; A Workshop on War and Strategy in the 21st Century" held in Newport, Rhode Island.

Breaking the Mold workshop is intended as a functional “experiment” in a top-down approach to generating novel ideas that “break the mold of conventional thinking” concerning necessary changes in the national security plans, processes and organization of the United States.

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Center on Irregular Warfare & Armed Groups Events

James Giordano, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. gives a presentation at a symposium hosted by the Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the school in Newport, Rhode Island.

Center on Irregular Warfare & Armed Groups hosts an annual event each year at U.S. Naval War College. The purpose of this is to focus needed attention on irregular warfare and bring together scholars and operators in order to stimulate interaction between the two communities.

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China Maritime Studies Institute Conference

Peter Dutton, director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks to participants of the 2016 Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups Symposium at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

The China Maritime Studies Institute has conducted conferences since 2005. Conferences have addressed a range of issues in Chinese maritime development, encompassing both competitive and also cooperative themes.

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Navy's Current Strategy Forum

Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), delivers a welcome address during the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum held at NWC.

The Secretary of the Navy's Current Strategy Forum has its origins in the Round Table Discussions first held at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in May 1949. Their purpose was to bring together a small number of prominent civilian and military guests to discuss future U.S. strategy with senior officers attending NWC.

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EMC Chair Symposium

Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC), provides opening remarks during an EMC Chair Symposium on Maritime Security held at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

Coined by EMC Vice President Chuck Hollis, an informationist understands the context of different kinds of information, the risks associated with different information types, and the opportunities associated with unlocking additional value of existing in-formation. Guided by this, my Chair activities are guided by partnership, policy relevance, and transparency.

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Naval War College’s Evening Lecture Series

Miles Young, chairman of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, provides guest speaker remarks to students, staff, faculty and guests during an evening lecture, “Recreating Our Maritime Heritage,” at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Evening Lecture Series exists to bring nationally and globally-recognized experts in such fields as national security, world affairs, contemporary social issues, scientific research, and private industry to speak at the college in support of its educational mission. The series is conducted on weekday evenings during the academic year that runs annually from August through June. Lectures are typically streamed live online and open to members of the local community.

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International Seapower Symposium

The guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) arrives at Naval Station Newport in preparation for the Chief of Naval Operations' 23rd International Seapower Symposium at U.S. Naval War College.

The International Seapower Symposium is co-hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and the President of U.S. Naval War College. It occurs in every second year. Attendees include chiefs of the navies and coast guards from nations around the globe. The CNO seeks individual thoughts and proposals for enhancing regional and global maritime security.

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Issues in National Security

Hallway of flags at U.S. Naval War College

The "Issues in National Security" lectures represent current political, military, economic, and social issues that challenge strategists and concern citizens therefore the lectures are tailored to the spouses and significant others of U.S. Naval War College students, staff, and faculty.

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NWC Talks

Spruance Auditorium at U.S. Naval War College

A production of the U.S. Naval War College, in Newport, Rhode Island, this video series presents discussions by our world-class faculty on important and relevant matters in today's national security environment. Speakers seek to answer important questions with engaging stories.

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Regional Alumni Symposia

Participants engage in conversation during a concession break at U.S. Naval War College’s 16th Regional Alumni Symposium held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Regional Alumni Symposia are events co-hosted by the President of the NWC and a regional partner navy. Participation is open to all international and U.S. graduates of the college. These academic conferences reinforce that military education continues long after finishing college, as a lifelong pursuit to acquire knowledge about the profession of arms.

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Women, Peace, and Security Conference

Sgt. 1st Class Tera Vandenheuvel-Joseph, assigned to U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii, listens to remarks from Adm. Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, during the 2015 Women, Peace and Security conference at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

The 2011 U.S. National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security embodied and set forth the United States’ commitment to ensuring that women around the world play an equal role in promoting peace and achieving just and enduring security. Implementation of the NAP involved the application of five high-level objectives and 84 sub-objectives of which 17 are directly linked to Department of Defense (DoD) responsibilities.

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