Advanced Strategist Program

The Advanced Strategist Program (ASP) is a specialized track for students 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.
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General Information

Eligibility

U.S. Navy resident students are selected and assigned to ASP prior to arrival at U.S. Naval War College (NWC). Sister services may apply for the remaining academic slots for this program.

Location & Duration

The 13-month program is completed in conjunction with the College of Naval Warfare curriculum. Students are taught at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

Learning Format

Core Courses are primarily seminar format but include lectures, a master's thesis, and strategic planning exercises during the summer.

Outcome

Students in this program are awarded additional credit on top of the master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and JPME II credit. U.S. Naval officers will earn Naval Strategist Subspecialty Code (2300p), U.S. Air Force officers will earn Advanced Study Group credit, and U.S. Army officers will earn the 6z Army Strategist skill identifier.

Program Structure

Ongoing

Professional Paper, Master’s Thesis

Required | Core Course
Students will work on an academic master’s degree-level thesis guided by a principle academic advisor, along with a military faculty member and the ASP director.

Fall Trimester

Joint Military Operations

Required | Core Course
The Joint Military Operations course engages students in an in-depth study of the theater-strategic and operational levels of war across the spectrum of conflict.

Advanced Strategist Program Course

Required | Elective
Students will be enrolled in a course pertaining to advanced strategy; including national security, economic considerations, and the limitations of seapower.

Winter Trimester

National Security and Decision Making

Required | Core Course
The National Security and Decision Making course focuses on strategic-level issues, including the effective selection and leadership of military forces in the context of constrained national resources, strategic planning and selection of future military forces, and their potential use as an instrument of national power.

Advanced Strategist Program Course

Required | Elective
Students will be enrolled in a course pertaining to advanced strategy; including national security, economic considerations, and the limitations of seapower.

Spring Trimester

Strategy and Policy

Required | Core Course
The Strategy and Policy course emphasizes grand strategy. Students will examine case studies to consider the long-term effectiveness of all instruments of national power, the importance of the ability to adapt in strategic leadership, and the strategic success and failure of great and regional powers as well as non-state actors over long periods of time.

Advanced Strategist Program Course

Required | Elective
Students will be enrolled in a course pertaining to advanced strategy; including national security, economic considerations, and the limitations of seapower.

Summer Practicum

Summer Capstone

Required | Core Course
The summer program offers students the opportunity to apply their academic and practitioner knowledge. Each summer program will be tailored to available opportunities and student interest and can also include travel opportunities.

Incoming Students

Contact Information

Executive Director, Advanced Strategist Program

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Core Teachings at U.S. Naval War College

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, the ability to think critically, deal with uncertainty and surprise, be proficient in joint matters, and comprehend the security environment and all elements of national power.