Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology

The Naval War College’s groundbreaking Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology (EEMT) is the first-ever NWC Certificate offering. The Certificate program is designed to deepen expertise in the ethical complexities imposed by new technology.
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General Information

Eligibility

U.S. Military Officers and Civilians ordered to the College of Naval Command and Staff (CNCS) and College of Naval Warfare (CNW) are eligible to apply for selection to the EEMT program.

Location & Duration

EEMT is a specialized elective track completed in conjunction with 10-month CNW and CNCS curricula taught at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.

Learning Format

Elective courses for EEMT are conducted in seminar format. Students also complete a faculty-mentored professional paper in their final trimester.

Outcome

In addition to the JPME credit and M.A. degree commensurate with their respective CNW and CNCS program, students earn four additional graduate credits and a Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology.

Program Structure

Fall Trimester

Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) - 11 weeks

Required | Core Course
The Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) course educates intermediate military officers and U.S. government civilians in the College of Naval Command and Staff and Naval Staff College on effective decision making and leadership on security issues, focusing primarily at the theater strategic level.

EL 730 Ethics and Technology - 10 weeks

Required | Elective
Students must successfully complete four courses from the EEMT designated electives list. “EL 730 Ethics and Technology” is mandatory. The remaining three courses must include at least one Ethics and one Technology course from the list.

Winter Trimester

Strategy and War (S&W) - 11 weeks

Required | Core Course
The Strategy and War Course examines how the overall strategic environment shapes operational choices and outcomes. In turn, the course also examines the strategic effects of operations, exploring how battlefield outcomes can change the strategic environment.

Student Selected Elective - 10 weeks

Required | Elective
Students must successfully complete four courses from the EEMT designated electives list. “EL 730 Ethics and Technology” is mandatory. The remaining three courses must include at least one Ethics and one Technology course from the list.

Spring Trimester

Joint Maritime Operations (JMO) - 17 weeks

Required | Core Course
The Joint Maritime Operations Intermediate Level is designed to prepare mid-career U.S. and international military officers and civilians to expand critical and creative thinking and develop problem solving skills as they pertain to decision making and leadership in the maritime domain. Once grounded in operational art, students learn to balance the ways, means, ends, and risks to achieve theater-strategic, and operational objectives.

Student Selected Elective - 10 weeks

Required | Elective
Students must successfully complete four courses from the EEMT designated electives list. “EL 730 Ethics and Technology” is mandatory. The remaining three courses must include at least one Ethics and one Technology course from the list.

Any Trimester

Professional Paper

Required | Elective
Complete a high-quality, faculty-mentored, approximately 25-page professional paper in the third trimester. This counts as a fifth Elective course and is worked on throughout the year.

Student Selected Elective - 10 weeks

Required | Elective
Students must successfully complete four courses from the EEMT designated electives list. “EL 730 Ethics and Technology” is mandatory. The remaining three courses must include at least one Ethics and one Technology course from the list.

Incoming Students

Contact Information

Director of EEMT

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EEMT Electives
Students must successfully complete four EEMT elective courses. “EL 730 Ethics and Technology” is mandatory. The remaining three courses must include at least one Ethics and one Technology course from this list. Course selection each trimester is governed by Wednesday or Thursday availability. The list is subject to modest change.

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) staff, students and faculty listen to Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, during a presentation, “Preserve, Protect and Defend: The Ethics of Government Service,” as part of a two-day ethics conference at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
U.S. Naval War College (NWC) staff, students and faculty listen to Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, during a presentation, “Preserve, Protect and Defend: The Ethics of Government Service,” as part of a two-day ethics conference at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The event, held three times a year for each class, discussed issues related to military ethics, character and leadership, with a focus on maintaining public trust and meeting ethical challenges in a society that is constantly changing. 141106-N-PX557-088 NEWPORT, R.I. (Nov. 6, 2104)
College of Naval Warfare Electives

Electives & Areas of Study

Each academic year the Electives Program offers approximately 120 courses designed and taught by Naval War College professors and adjunct professors from M.I.T, the Fletcher School, and elsewhere. An extensive Electives Program expands both the breadth and depth of the College’s educational offerings by providing opportunities to explore subjects not included in the core curriculum or to investigate in greater detail specific elements of that curriculum.

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Attending CNCS as a Civilian

Civilian Application

Every academic year, selected departments and agencies are invited to nominate civilian applicants in the grade of GS-13 or equivalent for admission to the College of Naval Command and Staff. Admission for civilian students nominated to the resident program requires a formal application to the Naval War College along with additional information.

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