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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1884
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Military, federal
    • Specialization:
    • Navy 1
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 686 Cushing Road, Newport, Rhode Island, United States, 02841-1207
    • Phone:
    • +14018411310
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of US Naval War College 

The Naval War College (NWC or NAVWARCOL) is the staff college and "Home of Thought" for the United States Navy at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. The NWC educates and develops leaders, supports defining the future Navy and associated roles and missions, supports combat readiness, and strengthens global maritime partnerships. The college was established on October 6, 1884; its first president, Commodore Stephen B. Luce, was given the old building of the Newport Asylum for the Poor to house it on Coasters Harbor Island in Narragansett Bay. 

Academic Highlights

The College of Naval Command and Staff is a multidisciplinary program designed for U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard officers in the grade of lieutenant commander, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force officers in the grade of major, and civilians of equivalent seniority from various federal agencies. This intermediate level service college course provides an initial opportunity for joint professional military education wherein students prepare for increased responsibilities as commanders / lieutenant colonels, and as junior captains / colonels.

Life in US Naval War College

School Ranking

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, has been named one of the Top 10 most amazing college museums in the country by a college ranking website.


Notable Alumni

  • Admiral Jeremy Michael Boorda, 25th Chief of Naval Operations
  • Admiral William J. Fallon, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Commander, U.S. Central Command
  • Admiral Mark P. Fitzgerald, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Allied Joint Force Command Naples
  • Admiral Kent Hewitt, World War II decorated officer (two time recipient of the Navy Cross)
  • Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, 9th Chief of Naval Operations
  • Admiral George McMillin, 38th and final Naval Governor of Guam, one of the first WWII POWs at First Battle of Guam 1940–1941
  • Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, 18th Chief of Naval Operations, 1967–1970; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1970–1974
  • General John A. Gordon, USAF, Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
  • General Richard E. Hawley, USAF, Commander, Air Combat Command
  • General Robert C. Oaks, USAF, Commander, Tactical Air Command
  • General Jerome F. O'Malley, USAF, Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe
  • Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Ambassador James B. Smith, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • Frank Jimenez, former General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Navy
  • Hugo Teufel III, 2nd Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security in the Government of the United States
  • Sean Spicer, 30th White House Press Secretary
  • Vice Admiral Zahir Uddin Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy
  • Vice Admiral Tomás Gomez Arroyo Spanish Navy
  • Admiral Panagiotis Chinofotis, Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff
  • Vice Admiral Kamal Habibollahi, Last Commander of the Imperial Iranian Navy 
  • Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han, Chief of the Republic of Singapore Navy
  • President Émile Lahoud, 15th President of Lebanon from November 1998 to November 
  • Admiral Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy
  • Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, Chief of Navy, Australia
  • Rear Admiral Predrag Stipanović, Commander of Croatian Navy
  • General Håkan Syrén, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed ForcesChairman, European Union Military Committee
  • Vice Admiral Ko Tun-hwa former Vice Minister of Defense, Republic of China and is currently the National Policy Advisor to the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • King Tupou VI of Tonga, ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho
  • Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, Governor of Eastern Province and former Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Navy
  • Vice Admiral Miguel E. Peña Acosta, Chief of Navy, Dominican Republic

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