Advanced Strategist Program

Recognizing a need for officers skilled in the practice of formulating, developing, and executing strategy at various leadership levels in order to fill key billets in Navy, Joint, and high-level political staffs, NWC designed the Advanced Strategist Program to produce such a cadre of officers educated in the study and application of Naval Strategy.

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The Advanced Strategist Program builds on the intensive NWC core academic program, by adding a ten-month double elective course, a 45 page master’s thesis, and a ten-week summer practicum. Graduates have a strong understanding of civil-military relations, national military, defense, and security policies, the evolving security environment (to include the cyber domain), the formulation and conduct of joint operations, the importance of culture for operations and policy, the strategic effects of operations, and foundational works on strategy and strategic concepts applied across history, regions, and all forms of warfare.

Advanced Strategist Program

U.S. Naval officers will earn the Naval Strategist Subspecialty Code, (SSC) 2300P upon successful completion of:

  • The three core academic courses in either the intermediate or senior in-residence JPME programs at the U.S. Naval War College
  • The Advanced Strategist Program elective program and area of study (AOS 23) (120 hours of seminar work supported by 240 hours of preparation)
  • An additional period of structured interaction with practitioners of naval, military, and national strategy in support of these electives (20-30 hours in a focused discussion with guest practitioners, supported by appropriate hours of preparation)
  • An approved graduate level thesis of 45 pages on a subject of strategic import to the U.S. Navy; and,
  • A focused 10-week capstone project developing products tailored to U.S. Naval Strategic issues and/or relevant regional exposure to geographical areas of interest to the Navy.

Core academic curriculum at NWC

The core academic curriculum at NWC provides a broad graduate-level education in the interaction of strategy and policy, Joint military operations, and the security environment in which policy choices are made. Graduates have a strong understanding of civil-military relations, national military, defense, and security policies, the evolving security environment (to include the cyber domain), the formulation and conduct of joint operations, the importance of culture for operations and policy, the strategic effects of operations, and foundational works on strategy and strategic concepts applied across history, regions, and all forms of warfare.

Advanced Strategist Program (ASP)

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