Current Strategy Forums

The Secretary of the Navy's Current Strategy Forum (CSF) has its origins in the Round Table Discussions first held at U.S. Naval War College 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 the college.

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.
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. As NWC’s capstone academic event, the two-day forum brings together distinguished guests and students to explore issues of strategic national importance. This year’s theme is “Technology, Innovation and Strategy.” (U.S. Navy photo by Edwin L. Wriston/Released)

About Current Strategy Forums

Today, the forum is the capstone academic event for our students. Each forum focuses on one issue of strategic national importance. Distinguished speakers examine various facets of the current year's theme in a series of addresses and panel discussions, followed by question and answer sessions. All plenary sessions are convened in Spruance Auditorium.

During the forum, attendees break into informal classroom seminars chaired by faculty moderators, in which guests and students have the opportunity to discuss topics of current strategic concern. Seminar discussions add an interesting dimension to the forum and allow all participants to develop additional perspective on the theme.

Upcoming Event

Our forum continues the tradition of exploring the current strategy trends, challenges, and opportunities: discussing lessons from the past, rising political situations, grand military and maritime strategy, and economic and energy vulnerability.

CANCELLED: "Current Strategy Forum: Strategies for Prevailing in Great Power Competition"

Jun 16, 2020
12:00 p.m.
Spruance Auditorium, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

This year marks the 70th annual Current Strategy Forum (CSF) at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. The first CSF was held on May 9, 1949 under the title “Round Table Talks.”

Most Recent Events

Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, delivers a keynote address during the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum held at U.S. Naval War College (NWC).

Current Strategy Forum: "The Agile Navy: Maximizing Maritime Power in the Information Age"

Jun. 11, 2019
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Current Strategy Forum at the U.S. Naval War College builds upon the research conducted through a series of workshops and conferences over the past 24-months, will consider issues related to the resurgence of "Great Power Competition" between peer and near-peer competitors around the globe.

Sarah Sewall from John Hopkins University, Ambassador Eric S. Edelman from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and Naval War College Foundation Fellow Randy Forbes, all participate in a panel discussion during the 68th annual Current Strategy Forum at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island.

Current Strategy Forum: Technology, Innovation and Strategy

Jun. 12, 2018
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Annual forums are designed to provide an opportunity for exchange of views among outstanding scholars and leaders from across industry, government and the military. As the Navy focuses on current operations, it also must also look beyond the horizon.

Students, staff and faculty assigned to U.S. Naval War College (NWC) listen to a panel discussion during the 68th annual Current Strategy Forum at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island.

Current Strategy Forum: National Security and Fleet Design

Jun. 13, 2017
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Current Strategy Forum (CSF) hosted by the Secretary of the Navy at the U.S. Naval War College. This event offered an opportunity for the nation’s public servants, scholars, and senior military officers to join with College faculty and students to discuss the future strategy of the United States.