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College of Naval Warfare 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, comprehend 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 Military Operations, National Security Decision Making, and Strategy and Policy.

Joint Military Operations Curriculum

The Joint Military Operations (JMO) curriculum focuses on joint war fighting at the theater-strategic and operational levels of war. This prepares 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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National Security Decision Making Curriculum

The National Security Decision Making (NSDM) curriculum provides a broad, interdisciplinary foundation in contemporary security studies including the areas of international relations, regional studies, foreign policy analysis, and decision-making. Our course concludes with students conducting a structured assessment designed to develop national strategies for the “military after next.”

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Strategy and Policy Curriculum

The Strategy and Policy (S&P) curriculum focuses on teaching students how to think strategically and preparing 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

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Lectures of Opportunity: "U.S. Air Force Foreign Material Program"

May. 17, 2019
12:00 p.m.
McCarty Little Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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Current Strategy Forum: "The Agile Navy: Maximizing Maritime Power in the Information Age"

Jun. 11, 2019
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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Russia is Finally Getting the 'Great Power' Talks That It Always Wanted

May. 15, 2019
The National Interest
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