The College of Leadership and Ethics (CLE) is responsible for the U.S. Naval War College Leadership in the Profession of Arms (LPA) core course and the leadership & ethics area of study in the electives program. Additionally CLE offers an expanded leader development experience for in residence College of Naval Warfare (CNW) and Naval Command College (NCC) students through the Navy Senior Leader Development Concentration (NSLDC).
Leadership in the Profession of Arms course provides every student the opportunity to focus on themselves as leaders, reflect on past performance, examine personal strengths and weaknesses, develop new competences, and strengthen personal character so they enhance their ability to lead in a complex and dynamic environment.
This course is a specialized elective track completed in conjunction with the 10-month August to June curricula taught at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
The College of Leadership and Ethics (CLE) offers courses in leader development for flag officers and their civilian senior executive service (SES) equivalents.
Flag officer representatives from all 17 Navy communities meet to share leader development strategies, best practices and identify gaps in Sailor development.
Prepare for your arrival at College of Leadership and Ethics and see what our core curriculum has to offer along with additional opportunities around the college.
Pauline Shanks Kaurin is a professor in the College of Leadership and Ethics, and the Admiral James B. Stockdale Chair in Professional Military Ethics. She holds a doctorate in Philosophy from Temple University and specializes in military ethics, just war theory, philosophy of law and applied ethics. Previously, she served as associate professor at Pacific Lutheran University, and her most recent publication is Achilles Goes Asymmetrical: The Warrior, Military Ethics and Contemporary Warfare (Routledge 2014.) She served as a featured contributor for The Strategy Bridge and has published with Clear Defense, The Wavell Room, Newsweek and Just Security.
Lt Col Kessler joined the National Security Affairs Dept teaching the Policy sub-course in April 2016. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus in 1997, an M.B.A in Military Management from Touro University in 2008. Lt Col Kessler is a master navigator/electronic warfare officer with over 2,000 hrs flying the T-43A and RC-135 S/U/V/W Reconnaissance aircraft. Prior to his arrival at the Naval War College, Lt Col Kessler was the Deputy Maintenance Group Commander for the 55th Maintenance Group at Offutt AFB, NE where he was responsible for maintenance actions on the OC/RC/TC/WC-135 and E-4B aircraft.