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The Rochefort Group

The Rochefort Group ingrains maritime information warfighting into education and fleet engagement in order to increase combat readiness and lethality at the operational level of war and across all warfighting domains.

Our History

Captain Joseph Rochefort, the group’s namesake, was a major figure in the U.S. Navy’s victory in the Pacific during World War II. Captain Rochefort’s paradigmatic shifting of combat intelligence and deception techniques related to critical decisions in the Pacific is symbolic of the U.S. Navy’s information warfare community today.

In 1986, Captain Rochefort posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to the Battle of Midway. His unwavering focus and dogged pursuit of advantage at sea serve as the bedrock for the Rochefort Group, the U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) first advanced warfighting group.

The Rochefort Group honors the historical roots of the U.S. Navy’s intelligence, communications, electronic warfare, information operations, cyber warfare, space operations, and meteorology and oceanography mission areas.

About Us

The Rochefort Group is recognized by Fleet Commander staffs as NWC’s maritime information warfighting resource for education and fleet engagement support because of their “speed to fleet” impact, warfighting currency, and warfighting breadth.

Assigned to the College of Maritime Operational Warfare (CMOW), the Rochefort Group directly supports maritime operations centers in the planning, coordinating, and executing of U.S. Navy information warfare activities.

The Rochefort Group is an example of the expertise and refinement across CMOW and the imperativeness of operational level of war combat readiness.

Contact Information

Rochefort Group Workshop Series: Workshop One

The 2019 Rochefort Group workshop series is offered in honor of Ken H. Norton, former U.S. Marine Corps Morse code intercept operator and heavyweight boxing champion. Norton’s fighting style, perseverance, and ethos stand as the theme for the 2019 workshops. These are highly-paced, invite-only events providing a forum for Fleet Commander warfighting challenges and priorities.

This workshop series will explore a wide range of topics under the overarching theme of “maritime information warfighting challenges and solutions in globally integrated operations” over the next four years. The first workshop will be hosted by the CMOW and NWC and facilitated by retired U.S. Navy Adm. Scott Swift and Rochefort Group faculty.

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Tailored Engagement

The Rochefort Group also provides tailored engagement support and education for our student base across information warfare mission areas and operational level of war functions.

For additional information on the workshops or tailored engagement, please contact the Rochefort Group directly at:

Professional Military Education Courses

CMOW aims to improve the capability of Navy commanders to lead maritime, joint, and multinational forces as well as improve the capability of Navy staff members to plan, execute, and function cohesively as a maritime operations center.

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Assist and Assess Team

We partner with fleet commanders, their maritime operations center staffs and coordinates with other Navy, joint, interagency and multinational commands/organizations in order to enhance the Navy’s maritime command.

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Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program

Our objectives are to improve the coordination between nongovernmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and U.S. and international militaries during natural disasters and complex emergencies.

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News, Media, & Events


Current Strategy Forum: "The Agile Navy: Maximizing Maritime Power in the Information Age"

Jun. 11, 2019
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Lectures of Opportunity: "Russia and its Challenges: Now into the Next Generation"

May. 28, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Conolly Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841