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The U.S. Naval War College started 125 years ago as a small institution with mostly summer courses. It has evolved into a one-year, resident program that graduates about 600 students a year and a robust distance program that graduates about 1,000 students a year. Students earn Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) credit and either a diploma or a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Established in 1884, the U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of 9 students in 1885 and over 160 of today’s active-duty admirals and generals are alumni. The College currently employs over 600 dedicated staff and faculty, and contributes over $100 million per year to the local economy.
The Naval War Colleges missions are to: educate and develop leaders; support defining the future Navy and associated roles and missions; support combat readiness; and strengthen global maritime partnerships.
In 2005, responding to the need to examine maritime strategy, the Naval War College embarked on a collaborative effort that produced great insight from an extensive scenario analysis and war-gaming effort and a series of high-level conferences, symposia, and other professional exchanges with maritime partners around the world.