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 Naval War College has three core teaching departments: Strategy and Policy, National Security Affairs, and Joint Military Operations, each with separate faculty. Each department teaches one intermediate level course (ILC) and one senior level course (SLC).

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.

CNC&S Curriculum

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Joint Maritime Operations (JMO) 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.

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Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) Curriculum

Organized by geographic combatant commands, the TSDM curriculum examines international and regional security issues, the U.S. policy environment and influences, and decision making.

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Strategy and Warfare (S&W) Curriculum

The Strategy and Warfare 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.

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Additional Offerings

Maritime Advanced Warfighting School

The Maritime Advanced Warfighting School educational mission is to develop strategic and operational leaders with the skills required to plan, execute, and assess combined, joint, and naval operations.

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Advanced Strategist Program

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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Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology

The Certificate program is designed to deepen expertise in the ethical complexities imposed by new technology.

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News, Media, & Events


Professional Military Education and the Cyber Domain Workshop

Jan. 17, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Ukraine Wants to Be Part of the West

Jan. 16, 2019
The National Interest
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