An F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the "Blacklions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 and carrying U.K. Carrier Strike Group Commander Cdre. Andrew Betton, OBE, lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017, Aug. 4.
An F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the "Blacklions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 and carrying U.K. Carrier Strike Group Commander Cdre. Andrew Betton, OBE, lands aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017, Aug. 4. Saxon Warrior is a United States and United Kingdom co-hosted carrier strike group exercise that demonstrates interoperability and capability to respond to crises and deter potential threats. 170804-N-SJ730-364, ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 4, 2017)

Core Curriculum

The Naval War College bases its programs on three core courses: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations. The College of Distance Education offers these same courses to our students adapted for delivery in Web-Enabled, Fleet Seminar, and at the Naval Postgraduate School. Individual completion of any core course must be accomplished in a single program. However, as a distance education student you may combine core courses from any of the three CDE programs (Fleet Seminar, NWC-at-NPS, or Web-Enabled) to complete the requirements for Intermediate Joint Professional Military Education (JPME-I). The courses may be completed in any sequence.

Naval War College (NWC) education

The Naval War College (NWC) education provides a framework in which military and civilian leaders gain a profound understanding of strategy and operations, as well as the ability to think critically, deal with uncertainty and surprise, be proficient in joint matters, comprehend the security environment, and all elements of national power. The College achieves this through the combined efforts of its three core academic departments - National Security Affairs, Joint Military Operations, Strategy and Policy - and through the College of Distance Education, the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, the electives program, and focused conferences and lectures. The ten month curriculum for resident students is divided into trimesters of three to four months. Additionally, three abbreviated 12-day core curriculum courses are offered annually for U.S. military reservists.  

The  Intermediate Level Course (ILC), addresses campaigns and war strategies, theater level leadership and decision making, and operational planning.  

Strategy and War curriculum

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Core Curriculum

The Joint Maritime Operations (JMO) Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I Course is an in-depth study of the operational level of war throughout the range of military operations.

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Theater Security Decision Making

The Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) course, taught in our Fleet Seminar Program and Web-Enabled Program is designed to engage intermediate-level military officers and U.S. Government civilians in the challenging complexities of the contemporary national security environment.

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Strategy & War

The Strategy and War (S&W) course is founded on the Clausewitzian premise that "war is a continuation of policy with the addition of other means." Strategy is the bridge that connects the state’s goal with the operations of its military forces.

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