McCarty Little Hall, a wargaming facility
The War Gaming Department is located in McCarty Little Hall, a 110,000 square foot war gaming facility which opened in 1999. The building is named after Captain William McCarty Little, who was instrumental in the introduction and development of wargaming techniques at the Naval War College dating back to 1887.

Research & Wargaming at U.S. Naval War College

The Center for Naval Warfare Studies (CNWS) at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) complements our curriculum by serving as a home for original research and innovative thinking. Dedicated to studying the Navy’s contribution to national strategy, the center is made up of several departments, each with a mission of its own.

The War Gaming Department is located in McCarty Little Hall, a 110,000 square foot war gaming facility which opened in 1999.
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The research centers at NWC produces studies, reports and briefings either generated internally or at the request of Navy or Marine Corps officials and other senior military and agency leaders. Faculty and staff research is shared on campus and beyond through publication and at conferences, meetings, and seminars—as well as in the classroom. Exceptional NWC students can pursue scholarly opportunities through study groups and advanced research programs.

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Students gathered to do some wargmaing simulations
U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Naval Staff College students participate in a capstone wargame. Students were divided into two groups and assigned to specific nations within a blue and gold coalition. The game allows the students to put the theories of operational planning they have learned at NWC into practical use, focusing on the application of military power where the blue team plays against the gold team. The teams conducted separate planning sessions and briefed their respective courses of action (COA) to NWC’s War Gaming department faculty members. The teams executed their COAs during the game play. This is the first year the game has migrated from a paper board game to a fully functional computer application with touch screen technology that allows multiple people to play simultaneously. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jess Lewis/released)
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NWC has been actively creating and executing wargames on campus and beyond since 1887. From high-tech to table-top, these operational exercises allow students and researchers to test and evaluate concepts, and to gain experience making important combat decisions in a classroom environment.

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The Naval Power Shift in the Black Sea

Jan. 09, 2019
War on the Rocks
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Issues in National Security Lecture 4: “Civil-Military Relations”

Feb. 19, 2019
4:30 p.m.
Pringle Auditorium, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

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