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.

Kiron Skinner from Carnegie Mellon University delivers a keynote address during the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum held at U.S. Naval War College.
Kiron Skinner from Carnegie Mellon University delivers a keynote address during the 69th annual Current Strategy Forum held at U.S. Naval War College (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, "Technology, Innovation and Strategy." (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jaima Fogg/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.

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"

Tuesday, June 11-12, 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.