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College of Maritime Operational Warfare

The College of Maritime Operational Warfare (CMOW) at Naval War College is dedicated to improving the leadership capabilities of Navy commanders, as well as to help Navy staff members function cohesively in maritime operations centers.

Professional Military Education at a Glance

CMOW offers a number of short-term professional development programs at our Newport campus and abroad. Geared toward intermediate and senior officers, our professional military education (PME) courses support combat readiness at the operational level of war. In addition to preparing military leaders, CMOW also offers special programs for international navies and civilians which focus on collaboration during global times of need.

Executive Operational Level of War Courses (ELOC)

This one-week training program helps senior military leaders (O-6 and above) make timely, informed, proactive maritime operations decisions. Learn how to become an effective and efficient leader who can effectively manage people, processes, and resources.

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Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Course

This week-long, executive-level program, offered at locations around the world, is designed to develop a network of international leaders focused on the operational level of command and control.

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Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Course

This week-long executive training program prepares flag and general officers for theater-level combat leadership. During the week, students will hear from subject matter experts and discuss current, regional concerns.

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Maritime Staff Operators Course

The Maritime Staff Operators Course is the first program offered in our PME series. MSOC was designed to prepare officers and senior enlisted personnel for their assignments in maritime operational centers. Curriculum objectives include building competency in maritime warfare, managing information flow, and exercising operational-level functions such as command and control, intelligence, movement and maneuvers, fires, and protection.

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Maritime Operational Planners Course

This 11-week course prepares officers to make decisions in a fast-paced, complex maritime headquarters environment. MOPC’s case studies, practical exercises, and lectures cover an array of relevant topics such as crisis planning, maritime problems, foundations of maritime planning, intelligence, and assessment. Upon completion, participants will receive a Maritime Operational Planners designation.

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The Professional Military Education (PME) courses are rooted in ethics and character development. We help commanders better lead their forces and more effectively manage maritime operations.

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College of Maritime Operational Warfare

The College of Maritime Operational Warfare aims to improve the capability of Navy commanders to lead maritime, joint, and multinational forces.

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International Maritime Staff Operators Course

This 12-week program for international officers strengthens alliances between navies and supports multinational maritime operations.

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