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Additional academic opportunities

Beyond our core curriculum and robust electives program we offer a variety of related academic opportunities to enhance your educational experience. These include our Advanced Research Programs, Regional Study Groups, mentored individual research, and of course our highly regarded Advanced Strategist Program. These opportunities both complement, and in some cases, are taken in lieu of core or elective offerings. Thought provoking and timely academic conferences and symposia round out your NWC educational experience.

Special Research Programs

The Naval War College offers several special programs that provide resident students opportunities to conduct advanced research at the college. These programs provide enhanced educational experiences for select students; encourage innovative and critical thinking; contribute to the professional military and national security literature; support high-level military decision making; and have practical value in the area of building trust and confidence and leadership.

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Individual Advanced Research Projects (ARPs)

The Individual ARPs allows qualified students to undertake individual research projects that substitute for single core courses.

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Regional & Specialized Study Groups

The Naval War College’s seven regional studies groups have become strategic assets in the war on terrorism and in future military operations; they have also helped to support the CNO's maritime security cooperation initiatives. Students are invited to participate as their schedule permits during their academic year.

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Advanced Naval Program

The Navy has determined there is 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 is one of several professional schools or university programs designed to produce such a cadre of officers educated in the study and application of Naval Strategy.

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Symposia and Conferences

The academic life at the Naval War College is enhanced by several conferences and symposia. Some are held annually and some are less frequent. These programs afford students and faculty opportunities for stimulating encounters with contemporary military, political, and cultural leaders from both the professional and academic communities.

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News, Media, & Events

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Former Naval War College president passes away

Jan. 19, 2018
News Publication
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Issues in National Security: Looking Outward to the Future

Jan. 23, 2018
4:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
War on the Rocks
Article Publication

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Conferences & Symposia

Your academic experience at the Naval War College will be enhanced by several conferences and symposia. These programs afford both students and faculty valuable opportunities for stimulating encounters with contemporary military, political, and cultural leaders.

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Research & Study Groups

The Naval War College offers several special programs that provide opportunities for you to conduct advanced research at the college. The Special Research Programs fall into two general categories: Advanced Research Program Groups and Individual Research Projects.

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Advanced Naval 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.

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