Naval War College (NWC) education
The Naval War College (NWC) education provides a framework in which military and civilian leaders gain a profound understanding of strategy and operations, as well as the ability to think critically, deal with uncertainty and surprise, be proficient in joint matters, comprehend the security environment, and all elements of national power. The College achieves this through the combined efforts of its three core academic departments - National Security Affairs, Joint Military Operations, Strategy and Policy - and through the College of Distance Education, the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, the electives program, and focused conferences and lectures. The ten month curriculum for resident students is divided into trimesters of three to four months. Additionally, three abbreviated 12-day core curriculum courses are offered annually for U.S. military reservists. The Intermediate Level Course (ILC), addresses campaigns and war strategies, theater level leadership and decision making, and operational planning.
Strategy and War curriculum
The Strategy and War curriculum teaches students to think strategically and prepares them for positions of strategic leadership. Strategy is the relationship between war’s purpose, objective, and means. The course is designed to sharpen each student's ability to assess how alternative strategic courses of action achieve broad, national-level objectives. Students will think in a disciplined, critical, and original manner about the international strategic environment, about a range of potential strategies, and about the strategic effects of joint, interagency, and multinational operations.
Joint Maritime Operations curriculum
The Joint Maritime Operations curriculum focuses on the joint war fighting at the theater-strategic and operational levels of war. The JMO course prepares 21 future military and civilian leaders for high-level policy, command, and staff positions requiring joint planning expertise and joint warfighting skills. It emphasizes the theory and practice of operational art in terms of maritime and joint forces. JMO students will learn to apply operational art, the joint operation planning process and critical thinking skills in a seminar environment to employ joint forces to achieve a broad array of objectives. Extensive faculty and student interaction fosters professional attitudes and perspectives essential to successful military operations.
National Security Affairs (NSA) curriculum
The National Security Affairs (NSA) curriculum educates students in effective decision-making and leadership on security issues, particularly those involving force selection and planning challenges within national and theater resource constraints. The curriculum focuses on national defense and military strategic concepts.