William Bundy, director of U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) Gravely Naval Warfare Research Group, speaks with participants of the Unmanned Systems Workshop held at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
William Bundy, director of U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) Gravely Naval Warfare Research Group, speaks with participants of the Unmanned Systems Workshop held at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The three-day workshop is the first in a series that will culminate in the development of a comprehensive Navy unmanned systems roadmap. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)

Advanced Research Programs

In place of required electives, resident U.S. Naval War College students may apply for the opportunity to participate in Advanced Research Programs (ARPs). These research programs involve group work, individual study, faculty collaboration, wargaming, workshops, and even research trips. From exploring emerging warfare technologies to developing operational strategy, ARPs give participants practical experience that can be applied to their careers.

Advanced Research Programs

Members from the Undersea Warfare Systems community gather for a Naval War College (NWC) Gravely Group workshop to assess concepts that will continue to help the United States maintain undersea dominance.
Members from the Undersea Warfare Systems community gather for a Naval War College (NWC) Gravely Group workshop to assess concepts that will continue to help the United States maintain undersea dominance. Held at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island, the workshop allowed Navy program managers to identify promising technology applications presented by Navy laboratories and warfare centers. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jess Lewis/Released)

Gravely Group

Named for Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr., this year-long graduate research program dedicated to innovative, emerging naval and joint warfare technologies and concepts.

Attendees participate in a panel discussion during the “Military Innovation and the New Presidential Administration: Lessons from the Past, Solutions for the Future” workshop held at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. March 30, 2017.
Attendees participate in a panel discussion during the “Military Innovation and the New Presidential Administration: Lessons from the Past, Solutions for the Future” workshop held at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. March 30, 2017. The workshop addressed multiple aspects of service-level initiatives, focusing on practical, policy-oriented issues for the new administration in order to maintain advantages of the U.S. military far into the future. (U.S. Navy photo by Edwin L. Wriston/Released)

Mahan Scholars Group

This program focuses mainly on deterrence at the strategic level. Participants utilize critical thinking, research skills, and analytical writing in order to apply these deterrence concepts to a variety of realms, domains, and tools.

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Halsey Alfa Group

This faculty-student program focuses on the tactical and operational level of war at the classified level. Participants use operations analysis and free-play wargaming to examine high-intensity conventional warfare scenarios.

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Halsey Bravo Group

The Halsey Bravo Group examines potential military challenges within the Middle East. This faculty-student collaborative group uses iterative, ongoing wargaming and operational analysis as its primary methodology.

Participants receive a briefing on the current situation during the Navy-Private Sector Critical Infrastructure Wargame held at U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

Holloway Group

In this part-time program students will examine Russian and U.S. weapons systems, doctrines, and warfighting capabilities in all domains. They will focus on adversary military capabilities, maritime and naval doctrine, and strategy.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announces the formation of the College of Leadership and Ethics at U.S. Naval War College.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson announces the formation of the College of Leadership and Ethics at U.S. Naval War College and the release of an updated version of the Navy Leader Development Framework during a visit to the college. (U.S. Navy photo by Edwin L. Wriston/Released)

Stockdale Leader Development Concentration

Students will engage in activities related to self-awareness, character development, cultural adeptness, and critical and innovative thinking on leadership issues for the Navy.