Navy chief opens College of Leadership, Ethics at Naval War College

Photo of Chief of Naval Operation Adm. John Richardson addressing students, faculty and staff at U.S. Naval War College.
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NEWPORT, R.I. – Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announced the formation of the College of Leadership and Ethics (CLE) at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and released an updated version of the Navy Leader Development Framework (NLDF 2.0), April 6 at the college in Newport.

"World-class leadership is our Navy's decisive advantage over our adversaries," said Richardson. "Our operational and warfighting success depends on developing leaders who learn and adapt to achieve maximum possible performance. Opening a College of Leadership and Ethics and providing a fleet-centered development framework will create opportunities for us to become better leaders, build winning teams, and maintain America's maritime superiority."

Richardson released the initial NLDF in January 2017, providing a roadmap to develop leaders of "competence and character" through a network of formal schools, on-the-job training, and self-guided learning.

Released today, NLDF 2.0 includes:

- Updating to the Navy's "Charge of Command", citing the expected standards of excellence for all commanding officers;

- Adding the concept of mentor advocacy as a way to more actively develop and promote winning leaders;

- Re-issuing Richardson's September 2016 memo, "One Navy Team," on inclusiveness.

"The concepts discussed in NLDF 2.0 apply to the entire Navy team – everybody should read and use it," said Richardson. "By executing this framework, our Navy will produce leaders and teams who are ready for decisive, winning operations and combat. This is what will keep us the best Navy in the world."

The mission of the new CLE is to imbue NWC students with a desire for continuous learning and development as leaders of character. In addition, the college will supplement and support each Navy community in their community leader development and maintain a strategy for leader development beyond major command.

The school expects to offer courses to about 1,600 graduates per year from the in-residence and distance education programs, including U.S. and international officers and civilians from various U.S. government agencies and departments.

"In order to prevail in an environment of rapid change and complexity, we need to increase our investment in leader development to improve our advantage over potential adversaries," said Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president, U.S. Naval War College. "The establishment of this college demonstrates our Navy's commitment to develop leaders who pursue excellence in accordance with our Navy's core attributes of integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness."

The event was streamed live on CNO's Facebook page and can be viewed at

The new NLDF 2.0 can be downloaded and viewed at

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