U.S. Naval War College

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The U.S. Naval War College is the staff college and "Home of Thought" for the United States Navy at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. Established in 1884, U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. The NWC educates and develops leaders, supports defining the future Navy and associated roles and missions, supports combat readiness, and strengthens global maritime partnerships. Through war games, conferences, workshops, and publications, NWC’s research arm provides direct curriculum support to educational programs and focused, task-driven analysis for fleet customers and government agencies across the national security spectrum. NWC offers a one-year, resident program graduating about 600 students a year, and a robust distance program that graduates about 1,000 students a year. Students earn Joint Professional Military Education credit and either a diploma or a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.


  • The Naval War College is one of the senior service Colleges including the Army War College, the Marine Corps War College, and the Air War College.

  • Additionally, the U.S. Department of Defense operates the National War College.

  • More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of 9 students in 1885 and about 300 of today’s active-duty admirals and generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni.