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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 four core courses: Joint Military Operations, National Security Decision Making, Strategy and Policy, and Leadership in the Profession of Arms.

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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Leadership in the Profession of Arms

The Profession of Arms (LPA) course is built on leaders who build trust and confidence up and down the chain of command and with the American people they serve. The degree of trust and confidence that exists is based on the combination of the leader's competence and character.

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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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Advanced Research Programs

We offer students unique opportunities to conduct advanced research at the college or contribute to enhanced understanding of a geographic region.

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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

U.S. Naval War College Graduation: November 2019

Nov. 13, 2019
11:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Yes, China Has Missiles That Could Destroy the Navy's Aircraft Carriers

Nov. 10, 2019
The National Interest
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