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Four aspects of NWC's mission are crucial to the shape and focus of the National War College program. First is the charge to help prepare future leaders by conducting a senior-level course of study in "national security strategy." While the service colleges concentrate on national military strategy and the Industrial College concentrates on the resource component of national power, NWC is singularly tasked with focusing on national security strategy – the orchestration of all the instruments of national power to pursue national interests. Every aspect of the National War College program is shaped by the goal of providing senior government officials a graduate-level education in evaluation, development, formulation, and implementation of national security strategy. Second is the task to "educate." NWC aims not at enhancing its students' capacities to perform specific functions and tasks, but rather at fostering their breadth of view, diverse perspectives, critical analysis, abstract reasoning, comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty, and innovative thinking, particularly with respect to complex problems. The primary disciplines that comprise the NWC core curriculum include political science, international relations, history, economics, ethics, sociology, and leadership. Nonetheless, at the National War College, we maintain focus on the fact that we are a professional school, and we emphasize education as the way to achieve program objectives rather than education as an end in itself. Third is the charge to prepare "future" leaders for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities. In designing and executing its curriculum, NWC looks beyond its graduates follow-on assignments and also considers the highest, most important responsibilities they will hold during the remainder of their careers. NWC concentrates on developing the habits of mind, conceptual foundations, and critical faculties graduates will need as strategic leaders or as the key strategists, planners, and executive assistants in the Department of Defense, Joint Staff, Services, Department of State, and other government agencies. Finally, there is the charge to prepare officers not only from the Armed Forces but also from a wide variety of other civilian agencies. All aspects of the National War College are thoroughly joint and interagency: its origins, its programs, its faculty, and its students. The nature of the NWC environment ensures all NWC graduates are able to transcend their particular service, operational, or intellectual frame of reference and can operate from a truly "joint" perspective.

Mission: NWC educates the future leaders of the Armed Forces, State Department, and other civilian agencies for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities by conducting a senior-level course of study in national security strategy.

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07/11/2020
Navy League Upper SC Interview with Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle

Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, Commandant of the National War College and #SouthCarolina native, shares his #Navy experience and discusses current events with the Navy League of the United States - Upper South Carolina Council.

Thank you to Navy Outreach - NAVCO for all your support in this engagement.

#vEEV, #EEV, #USNavy, #NavyLeague, #ExecutiveEngagement, #NavyOutreach #NDU

‪It’s a beautiful day and a dog's delight at NWC. While most of us are teleworking, Chopper is demonstrating proper soci...
03/27/2020

‪It’s a beautiful day and a dog's delight at NWC. While most of us are teleworking, Chopper is demonstrating proper social distancing.‬

The NWC Women in National Security (WINS) group conducted an interactive panel discussion on the Women, Peace, and Secur...
02/28/2020

The NWC Women in National Security (WINS) group conducted an interactive panel discussion on the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) program. The panel was comprised of 6 International Fellows from different geographic regions including India, Germany, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Jordan, and Austria. Professor Neyla Arnas, NDU WPS Director moderated the discussion as each IF provided insights into their own country's WPS program. Great insight and perspective. Thank you to all you presented and participated.

Author Joshua Cooper Ramo will be the guest speaker for our next Strategy Talk - Feb 19th.
02/11/2020

Author Joshua Cooper Ramo will be the guest speaker for our next Strategy Talk - Feb 19th.

What a beautiful day at the National War College! Today we hosted an U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy-sponso...
01/31/2020

What a beautiful day at the National War College! Today we hosted an U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy-sponsored Symposim on "Educating Leaders for a Competitive Information Environment: Closing the Gap between Theory and Practice in Professional Military Education." Thanks Vivian S. Walker and Sonya Finley for the partnership! We had a full house of fantastic educators from across #PME, the Foreign Service Institute, Pew Global Attitudes and national security practitioners - on panels and in the audience- collaborating to advance our knowledge, understanding, and expertise. And we couldn't have done it without Nwc Roosevelt and NWC Alumni Association support. #PublicDiplomacy #InformationStatecraft #PDCommission

Great lecture and discussion with Ambassador Gallucci on 1994 US-North Korea Agreed Framework. Did the US strategic appr...
01/16/2020

Great lecture and discussion with Ambassador Gallucci on 1994 US-North Korea Agreed Framework. Did the US strategic approach achieve our objectives?

NWC Dean, Dr Cynthia Watson addressed Rotary Club of BIRMINGHAM, world’s largest single club, on Sino-U.S. Relations, 8 ...
01/10/2020

NWC Dean, Dr Cynthia Watson addressed Rotary Club of BIRMINGHAM, world’s largest single club, on Sino-U.S. Relations, 8 Jan

National War College students and faculty were pleased to welcome fellow NDU colleague and author Sean McFate to Arnold ...
01/10/2020

National War College students and faculty were pleased to welcome fellow NDU colleague and author Sean McFate to Arnold Auditorium for a thought-provoking discussion on "The New Rules of War." (Twitter @seanmcfate)

10/30/2019
NWC Game 7 Hype video

National War College Warriors in the Fight! Go Nats!!!

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Get your daily National War College updates! Follow @NWCDean on Twitter for the latest strategy, points to ponder, and e...
10/18/2019

Get your daily National War College updates! Follow @NWCDean on Twitter for the latest strategy, points to ponder, and events.
https://twitter.com

Demonstrating reach of NWC—Jaimie Orr & Col Chad Breeden, NWC faculty (and Heidelberg University, Ohio alumni and Board ...
10/17/2019

Demonstrating reach of NWC—Jaimie Orr & Col Chad Breeden, NWC faculty (and Heidelberg University, Ohio alumni and Board of Trustee members), present the NWC Primer to Heidelberg’s Political Science faculty, Dr. Marc O’Reilly and Dr. Josh Bowman
Heidelberg University

NWC's Luke Lischin provides his analysis of proposed counterterrorism laws in #Philippines
10/10/2019
The Diplomat Magazine

NWC's Luke Lischin provides his analysis of proposed counterterrorism laws in #Philippines

The push for a new move bears noting within the Duterte administration’s broader approach to managing security issues.

Great SRO event at Rayburn House Office Building last Wednesday--packed house with some 25 people standing at the back. ...
09/16/2019

Great SRO event at Rayburn House Office Building last Wednesday--packed house with some 25 people standing at the back. NWC's faculty member Janina Jaruzelski joined former Secretary of Agriculture Glickman, Congressman McGovern, Kim Flowers of CSIS and USAID's Beth Dunford and other panelists at Foodtank's "Food Security is National Security." Look for the podcast that will be available soon!

Thank you National Defense College of the Philippines for an insightful discussion of national security in the Philippin...
08/28/2019

Thank you National Defense College of the Philippines for an insightful discussion of national security in the Philippines with NWC Assistant Research Fellow Luke Lischin

"A National Security Strategy Primer"... addresses key concepts of national security strategy & outlines a broad approac...
08/20/2019

"A National Security Strategy Primer"... addresses key concepts of national security strategy & outlines a broad approach for strategy development. Useful across the interagency for discussing, designing, & assessing national security strategies. Download: https://nwc.ndu.edu

‪Becoming extraordinary leaders...a buzz in the air as students and faculty gather in Arnold auditorium on day one of cl...
08/05/2019

‪Becoming extraordinary leaders...a buzz in the air as students and faculty gather in Arnold auditorium on day one of class. AMB Godec welcomes class #NWC2020 ‬

Faculty off-site at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Great two days with the entire NWC faculty. We’re ready for a fant...
08/01/2019

Faculty off-site at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Great two days with the entire NWC faculty. We’re ready for a fantastic academic year!

It’s amazing what a truly dedicated leader can accomplish. Today we celebrate 30 years of Integrity, Service, and Excell...
07/26/2019

It’s amazing what a truly dedicated leader can accomplish. Today we celebrate 30 years of Integrity, Service, and Excellence as Brig Gen Chad Manske retires from the AF and Team Manske begins their next chapter in life. Best wishes!

30 Years! A hearty congrats to Dr Lisa Bronson for 30 years of dedicated service to the US Government...wow! Thank you f...
07/24/2019

30 Years! A hearty congrats to Dr Lisa Bronson for 30 years of dedicated service to the US Government...wow! Thank you for everything you do for NWC!

A Gaullist Option For Turkey In NATO - The WorldPost - Berggruen Institute
06/21/2019
A Gaullist Option For Turkey In NATO - The WorldPost - Berggruen Institute

A Gaullist Option For Turkey In NATO - The WorldPost - Berggruen Institute

Omer Taspinar is a professor of security studies at the National War College and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow and director of research in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. In Washington these days it’s common to hear pe...

Faculty celebrated another successful year of educating the next generation of national security professionals. Here’s t...
06/14/2019

Faculty celebrated another successful year of educating the next generation of national security professionals. Here’s to a fun and productive summer as we prepare for the incoming class. Fairwinds and following seas to our departing colleagues!

Class of 2019 — CONGRATS to all our graduates as they go on to high-level policy, command and staff positions working na...
06/13/2019

Class of 2019 — CONGRATS to all our graduates as they go on to high-level policy, command and staff positions working national security strategy issues. Best Wishes!

NWC’s Dr Mariya Y Omelicheva testifies at U.S. Helsinki Commission on the Kremlin’s counterterrorism efforts.https://you...
06/13/2019
Russia's Counterproductive Counterterrorism

NWC’s Dr Mariya Y Omelicheva testifies at U.S. Helsinki Commission on the Kremlin’s counterterrorism efforts.
https://youtu.be/o3qV2K6xjmI

https://www.csce.gov/international-impact/events/russias-counterproductive-counterterrorism

The Kremlin actively seeks to present Russia as a global leader in the practice of counterterrorism and countering extremism. However, Moscow’s policies and practices in this area may be problematic at best and counterproductive at worst.

Happy birthday US Army!  June 14, 1775 — 244 years of Army Strong. Honoring the Call to Service!
06/10/2019

Happy birthday US Army! June 14, 1775 — 244 years of Army Strong. Honoring the Call to Service!

Awards Day! Congrats to our Distinguished Grads as well as NDU scholars and fellows, writing award winners and superior ...
06/07/2019

Awards Day! Congrats to our Distinguished Grads as well as NDU scholars and fellows, writing award winners and superior athletes. Special thanks to all the sponsors and supporters. Best of luck grads!

NWC's Women in National Security (WINS) student group sponsored a campus-wide film screening and panel on “Women, Peace ...
05/29/2019

NWC's Women in National Security (WINS) student group sponsored a campus-wide film screening and panel on “Women, Peace & Power” along with students from Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy and The College of International Security Affairs. Episodes from Afghanistan, Liberia, and Northern Ireland illustrated more durable peace following conflict with women's involvement. Corina Sanders (NWC '19) moderated a discussion with Peace is Loud executive director Jamie Dobie and Marie O’Reilly.
#WomenPeaceSecurity INSS - The Institute for National Security Studies National Defense University

NWC class 2019 lay a wreath in honor of those service members -- America's sons and daughters -- who have made the ultim...
05/28/2019

NWC class 2019 lay a wreath in honor of those service members -- America's sons and daughters -- who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. We are forever inspired by their dedication to our great Nation. Arlington National Cemetery

Congrats to Dr Charles Pasquale and Dr. Laura Johnson on the publication of their article to JFQ #93
05/22/2019
Covert Action as an Intelligence Subcomponent of the Information Instr

Congrats to Dr Charles Pasquale and Dr. Laura Johnson on the publication of their article to JFQ #93

Covert Action consists of methods to influence political, economic and military conditions abroad where the government’s role is neither readily apparent nor publicly acknowledged. Because oversight

Brig. Gen. Manske hosted the final Commandant Lecture Series of the year, focusing on technological and cultural innovat...
05/22/2019

Brig. Gen. Manske hosted the final Commandant Lecture Series of the year, focusing on technological and cultural innovation in the Services. Speakers included: LTG Eric Wesley (Future Forces Command deputy commander), Ms. Anne Sandel (Office of Naval Research executive director), Brig. Gen. Clint Hinote (Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability deputy), and Brig. Gen. Christian Wortman (Marine Corps Warfighting Lab commander). Wesley and Wortman are NWC alumni.

Many thanks to Mary Walsh CBS News for sharing thoughts about journalist principles & role of media in the digital age w...
05/17/2019

Many thanks to Mary Walsh CBS News for sharing thoughts about journalist principles & role of media in the digital age with our future national security leaders. #fourthestate

This week, NWC partnered with Medill - Northwestern University Washington Program to conduct a media engagement exercise...
05/17/2019

This week, NWC partnered with Medill - Northwestern University Washington Program to conduct a media engagement exercise organized by Dr. Sonya Finley.

NWC students practiced the art of analyzing an emerging national security crisis and communicating effectively on behalf of U.S. government departments/agencies through media engagement. The Medill students honed their understanding of, and reporting on, the national security enterprise and issues. Students were impressed by the "real world" feel during the unique, fast-paced exercise that included simulated tweets and press releases, background and live interviews, and a joint press conference.

Also with us were former and current U.S. government spokespersons and professional journalists who volunteered their time to mentor our students and provide valuable perspectives regarding the critical role our free press plays in informing the American people.

Good read - our own Dr Colton Campbell’s book provides unique insight to the US Senate  https://books.google.com/books/a...
05/10/2019
Leadership in the U.S. Senate

Good read - our own Dr Colton Campbell’s book provides unique insight to the US Senate
https://books.google.com/books/about/Leadership_in_the_U_S_Senate.html?id=4wYqtAEACAAJ #Congress

Unlike leadership in the House of Representatives, the nature of Senate leadership continues to remain a mystery to so many. Due to the absence of an "operator's manual," leaders have had to use their individual skills, intelligence, and personalities to lead the Senate, which means they each have h...

Thanks Dr Kathleen Hicks, CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies, for a fantastic lecture on Think Tanks an...
05/10/2019

Thanks Dr Kathleen Hicks, CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies, for a fantastic lecture on Think Tanks and discussion on the law, funding, impact, and forecast. #bipartisan #analytic #independent

Dr Zach Abuza authored, Sri Lanka attacks: why the wealthy and successful become suicide bombers
05/07/2019
Sri Lanka attacks: why the wealthy and successful become suicide bombers

Dr Zach Abuza authored, Sri Lanka attacks: why the wealthy and successful become suicide bombers

The world was shocked to hear that two of the nine suicide bombers that hit Sri Lanka were children of a millionaire who grew up in luxury. But we shouldn’t be surprised that the wealthy are sacrificing themselves, writes Zachary Abuza.

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The first National War College class met on 1 September 1946. One hundred American and six foreign observers attended the school. In June 1974, this unique structure was designated a National Historic Landmark. To date, over 7,500 students have graduated from the College. The number of U.S. and international graduates who have been promoted to the top of their services or civilian agencies of the government is an indicator of the importance of the National War College, but its most profound effect has been on individual thinking and intellectual growth.

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The National War College is a component of the National Defense University, under the Joint Staff, U.S. Department of Defense. Four aspects of NWC's mission are crucial to the shape and focus of the program. First is the charge to help prepare future leaders by conducting a senior-level course of study in "national security strategy." While the service colleges concentrate on national military strategy and the Industrial College concentrates on the resource component of national power, NWC is singularly tasked with focusing on national security strategy – the orchestration of all the instruments of national power to pursue national interests. Every aspect of the National War College program is shaped by the goal of providing senior government officials a graduate-level education in evaluation, development, formulation, and implementation of national security strategy. Second is the task to "educate." NWC aims not at enhancing its students' capacities to perform specific functions and tasks, but rather at fostering their breadth of view, diverse perspectives, critical analysis, abstract reasoning, comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty, and innovative thinking, particularly with respect to complex problems. The primary disciplines that comprise the NWC core curriculum include political science, international relations, history, economics, ethics, sociology, and leadership. Nonetheless, at the National War College, we maintain focus on the fact that we are a professional school, and we emphasize education as the way to achieve program objectives rather than education as an end in itself. Third is the charge to prepare "future" leaders for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities. In designing and executing its curriculum, NWC looks beyond its graduates follow-on assignments and also considers the highest, most important responsibilities they will hold during the remainder of their careers. NWC concentrates on developing the habits of mind, conceptual foundations, and critical faculties graduates will need as strategic leaders or as the key strategists, planners, and executive assistants in the Department of Defense, Joint Staff, Services, Department of State, and other government agencies. Finally, there is the charge to prepare officers not only from the Armed Forces but also from a wide variety of other civilian agencies. All aspects of the National War College are thoroughly joint and interagency: its origins, its programs, its faculty, and its students. The nature of the NWC environment ensures all NWC graduates are able to transcend their particular service, operational, or intellectual frame of reference and can operate from a truly "joint" perspective.

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