The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the South China Sea.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the South China Sea. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is currently operating in the Western Pacific as part of a regularly schedule deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Jasen Morenogarcia/Released)

College of Maritime Operational Warfare

The College of Maritime Operational Warfare (CMOW) at U.S. Naval War College is dedicated to improving the leadership capabilities of U.S. 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
    This one-week training program helps senior military leaders (O6 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maritime Staff Operators Course
    This course is 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.
  • Maritime Operational Planners Course
    This 11-week course prepares officers to make decisions in a fast-paced, complex maritime headquarters environment. Classwork covers an array of relevant topics such as crisis planning, maritime problems, foundations of maritime planning, intelligence, and assessment.

International Maritime Staff Operator Course

This 12-week course provides international naval officers the skills needed to support the planning and execution of maritime operations and integrate with existing operational planning teams.

Explore Course

More Information on the College

News, Media, & Events

Lectures of Opportunity: "Remote Warfare, the Warrior Ethos, and the Just War Tradition"

Feb. 06, 2023
12:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Rd, Newport, RI 02841

What is Operational Maritime Law?

Jan. 03, 2023
Maritime Operational Law Podcast
Article Publication