The War Gaming Department is located in McCarty Little Hall, a 110,000 square foot war gaming facility which opened in 1999.

College of Naval Command and Staff Core Curriculum

The core teachings at U.S. Naval War College provide a framework for military and civilian leaders to gain an understanding of strategy and operations and the ability to think critically, deal with uncertainty and surprise, be proficient in joint matters, comprehend both the security environment and all elements of national power.

About the Core Curriculum

This understanding is achieved through the combined efforts of three core courses: Joint Maritime Operations, Theater Security Decision Making, and Strategy and Warfare.

Joint Maritime Operations Curriculum

The Joint Maritime Operations (JMO) curriculum focuses on preparing future military and civilian leaders for high-level policy, command, and staff positions requiring joint planning expertise and joint warfighting skills. The curriculum emphasizes the theory and practice of operational art in terms of maritime and joint forces. Students will learn to apply these skills in a seminar environment to employ joint forces and achieve a broad array of objectives.

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Theater Security Decision Making Curriculum

The Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) curriculum educates students in effective decision-making and leadership on security issues. Focus is placed on national defense and military strategic concepts involving force selection and planning challenges within national and theater resource constraints.

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Strategy and Warfare Curriculum

The Strategy and Warfare (S&W) curriculum focuses on teaching students how to think strategically and prepares them for positions of strategic leadership. The course is designed to sharpen each student's ability to assess how alternative strategic courses of action achieve broad, national-level objectives.

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Additional Offerings

Academic Opportunities

Broaden your understanding of war (and peace) by pursuing group or independent research and learn from military thought leaders by attending our conferences and seminars.

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Research & Study Groups

U.S. Naval War College research and study groups allow students to participate in the school’s expertise and analysis in all areas of the globe.

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Conferences & Symposia

Our newsworthy lectures, symposia, and conferences give students the opportunity for stimulating encounters with contemporary military, political, and cultural leaders.

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News, Media, & Events


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

Rhode Island Sound at Times Square

May. 24, 2019
8:00 p.m.
Times Square, Theater District, New York, NY