Future Warfighting Symposium

The Future Warfighting Symposium (FWS) launches the U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) academic year with a three-day presentation on emerging technologies, cyberwar, and space operations. FWS highlights the National Defense Strategy, which recognizes that rapid technological advancements are changing society and, ultimately, the character of war.

Todd Harrison speaks during the panel “Milspace Operation and Organization” during the Future Warfighting Symposium held at U.S. Naval War College, Aug. 8.
Todd Harrison speaks during the panel “Milspace Operation and Organization” during the Future Warfighting Symposium held at U.S. Naval War College, Aug. 8. The three-day symposium launches NWC’s academic year with speakers and panel discussions focusing on emerging technologies, cyber war and space operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Jaima Fogg/released)

About the Future Warfighting Symposium

Initiated in 2017 by Chief of Naval Operations' (CNO) mandate, the FWS gives the NWC the opportunity to further its training and education on new emerging forms of war, covering all areas such as nanotechnology, cyber and biological warfare, along with robotics and artificial intelligence.

The event also supports the CNO’s strategy as articulated in the Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority and the Future Navy documents by challenging leaders to think innovatively about capabilities and threats in space, the global information grid, and emerging technologies such as nanotechnologies, biological agents, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Upcoming Event

The three-day Future Warfighting Symposium responds directly to the CNO's call for increased education in the topics of Emerging Technologies, Cyberwar and Space Operations.

Future Warfighting Symposium

Thursday, August 05, 2021
8:00 a.m.
Virtual Event

The Future Warfighting Symposium launches the U.S. Naval War College’s academic year with a symposium on emerging technologies, cyber war and space operations.

Most Recent Events

Todd Harrison speaks to U.S. Naval War College students during the panel “Milspace Operation and Organization” during the Future Warfighting Symposium held in the college's Spruance Auditorium, Aug. 8.

Future Warfighting Symposium

Tuesday, August 04-04, 2020
Virtual Event

The Future Warfighting Symposium launches the U.S. Naval War College’s academic year with a symposium on emerging technologies, cyber war and space operations.

Gen Charles Bolden, USMC (Ret.), former Administrator of NASA at U.S. Naval War College (NWC)

Future Warfighting Symposium: August 2019

Tuesday, August 06-08, 2019
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Future Warfighting Symposium will start the U.S. Naval War College academic year with a three-day symposium convening subject-matter experts to enrich the existing curriculum for intermediate and senior students.

Charles Bolden, retired Marine Corps major general and former administrator and astronaut at National Aeronautics and Space Administration, speaks to students, staff and faculty during U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) inaugural Future Warfighting Symposium held at the college in Newport, Rhode Island.

Future Warfighting Symposium: August 2018

Monday, August 06-08, 2018
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Future Warfighting Symposium responds directly to the Chief of Naval Operations’ call for increased education in the topics of Emerging Technologies, Cyber War, and Space Operations.