Naval War College Partnership & JPME


Fred P. Drake


Halligan Hall Room 239

DSN 756-3003

Associate Chair

David F. Overton

Associate Professor

Halligan Hall Room 273

DSN 756-3020

Harold D. Blanton, Professor (1999); Ph.D., M.A., Florida State University (1999); B.S., Valdosta State University (1991).

Jan S. Breemer, Professor (1999); Ph.D., M.A., University of Southern California (1987,1973); B.A., California State University, Long Beach (1968).

R. Mitchell Brown III, Professor (1999); CDR USN (ret); C&S Naval War College (2002); M.A., Naval Postgraduate School, (1980); MBA Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) (1976); B.S., U.S. Naval Academy (1968).

Jonathan E. Czarnecki, Professor (2001); COL USA, ARNG (ret); Ph.D., M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo (1979, 1976); B.S. Clarkson University (1970).

Fred P. Drake, Professor (1999); CDR USN (ret); M.A., U.S. Naval War College (1996); M.S., Troy State University (1988); B.S., University of Idaho (1979).

Richard B. Grahlman, Professor (1999); CDR USN (ret); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, B.S., Oregon State University.

Randall J. Hess, Professor (2001); CAPT USN (ret); M.A., Naval War College (1992); M.A., Stanford University (1986); B.S., U.S. Naval Academy.

Michael W. Jones, Professor (2000); LT USNR; Ph.D., Florida State University (2004); M.S., B.A., University of New Orleans (1993).

Michael T. McMaster, Professor (2001); CDR USN (ret); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School (1987); B.B.A., University of New Mexico (1979).

Thomas P. Moore, Professor (2001); COL USAR (ret); Ph.D., Virginia Tech (1986); M.S., Stanford University (1975); B.A., Northeastern University (1974).

Dayne E. Nix, Associate Professor (2009); Ph.D., Salve Regina University (2007); M.A., Naval War College (2004); Th.M., Duke University (1993); M.Div., Denver Seminary (1983); B.A., University of Colorado (1974).

Gary J. Ohls, Professor (2009); Col USMC (ret); Ph.D., Texas Christian University (2008, 2004); M.A., Naval War College (1994); M.B.A., California State University, Long Beach (1977).

David F. Overton, Associate Professor (2007); LtCol USMC (ret); M.S., Naval Postgraduate School (2003); B.S., East Carolina University (1994).

Joyce Sampson, Professor (2001); Ph.D., M.A., Florida State University (2001).

Roger W. Tomlinson, Associate Professor (2016); Col USAF (ret) Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University (2012); MA, California State University Northridge (2003); MPA, Golden Gate University (1981); BA, College of the Holy Cross (1974).

Donald J. Stoker, Professor (1999); Ph.D., Florida State University (1997); M.A., B.A., Valdosta State University.

Karl Walling, Professor (2000); Ph.D., M.A.,  (1992); B.A., St. John’s College (1984).

Craig A. Whiteside, Associate Professor (2013); LTC USA (ret); Ph.D. (2014); M.A. (2011) Washington State University; C&GS College (2004); B.S., U.S. Military Academy (1991).

Professional Military Education (PME) and Joint Professional Military Education (JPME)

The U.S. Naval War College curricula offered at NPS meets all of the requirements for Navy PME (as established by the Chief of Naval Operations) and for JPME (as established by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff) for Intermediate Level Professional Military Education. The importance of offering a program that blends graduate-level study with Joint Professional Military Education was recognized by NPS in the early 1990s. Originally called the Joint Education Electives Program (JEEP) when it began in 1993, the program’s name was changed to the Program for Joint Education (PJE) to make its name consistent with current military education terminology. In academic year 1999-2000, NPS partnered with the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), Newport, RI to provide NPS students with a tailored program leading to a Naval War College diploma and JPME phase I certification.

It should be recognized that the courses described below are Naval War College courses, which are taught by Naval War College faculty. As such, course content, teaching methodology and program management are the sole responsibility of the Naval War College. The entire sequence of courses including Strategy and Policy, Theater Security Decision Making and Joint Maritime Operations (parts 1&2), has been reviewed and approved through the Process for Accreditation of Joint Education (PAJE) process conducted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Naval War College’s College of Distance Education.

The three-course NWC program provides coverage of all mandatory “learning areas” outlined in CJCS’s Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP), CJCSINST 1800.01 (series). The NWC program, both at NPS and on the College’s main campus in Newport, RI, provides instruction in three course areas: Strategy and War (S&W), Theatre Security Decision Making (TSDM), and Joint Maritime Operations (JMO). Effective in September 1999, the S&P curriculum replaced the NPS course Joint Maritime Strategy NS-3252, which had been required for all department of the Navy (DoN) students since 1989.

Note: Only those students who complete the entire sequence (S&W, TSDM and JMO) will earn JPME phase I certification.

Transcripts of those students who complete all NWC courses (S&W, TSDM and JMO) through any methodology – Fleet Seminar, correspondence, NWC Monterey courses – will be annotated to verify their JPME phase I certification.

All versions of NWC courses are academically rigorous and will require significant effort on the part of each student. The goal is to enable each student to earn both their NPS degree and the NWC diploma (with JPME phase I). It should be recognized, however, that students who cannot complete all of the NWC requirements while in Monterey can enroll in the remaining NWC courses, by Fleet Seminar or other DL course offerings, at their next duty station.

Naval War College Course Descriptions

NW3230 Strategy & War (4–2)

The S&W course is designed to prepare the military officer for the mid-level to advanced stages of a professional career in which he or she may be intimately involved in the interplay between military power and the political process – that is, between strategy, policy, and major operations. The course uses historical examples to demonstrate the military officer's urgent need for a joint and combined warfare perspective on the military profession. That perspective significantly enhances the ability of strategic thinkers and war-fighters to wield the military instrument in support of national goals. In the early stages of an officer's career he or she is trained in tactics. The S&W curriculum, in contrast, is designed to teach officers to think strategically. The course illustrates the relationship between a nation's political interests and goals and the ways military force may be used to achieve them. It focuses on a series of studies that begins with interests, continues through conflict and ends with the final post-war settlement. Academic disciplines of history, political science, military studies, and international relations are woven into a coherent analysis of how wars begin, how they are fought and how they end. The Strategy & War course hones the officer's ability to analyze past operations and apply historical lessons to future joint and combined operations. Three facets of the course develop strategic thought. First and foremost, the course focuses extensively on the strategic analyses that are the cornerstone of strategic thought, particularly the works of Clausewitz and Sun Tzu. Second, the master's work is used to analyze strategic decisions made during several historical conflicts. Collectively these case studies sharpen the student's understanding of the essence of strategy. Clear, objective and imaginative thinking is the framework for the final part of the course where students consider recent wars as well as conflicts that may occur in the future.

NW3275 Joint Maritime Operations (Part 1) (4–0)

The Joint Maritime Operations curriculum develops the ability to translate contemporary national and regional military strategies into naval, joint and multinational operations, with particular emphasis on the operational art and employment of the Sea Services. Thus, it enables officers to make sound operational decisions in both command and staff positions. JMO is an executive development course that emphasizes planning and decision making factors at the joint task force level for operations in the maritime environment. Planning and executing military/maritime operations requires military officers to make increasing use of many disciplines. This differs from the past where application of a single discrete discipline was more often the norm. Officers must have a firm grasp of military strategy, an understanding of joint and combined operations, and a thorough background in the essential elements of the military planning and decision making process to deploy, employ and sustain U.S. military forces efficiently and successfully. Consequently, the JMO course employs a multi-disciplinary approach, providing the student the opportunity to synthesize various ideas that include maritime strategy, joint and service doctrine, military decision-making, operational planning, naval warfare, military warfare, threat assessment, and war gaming techniques. JMO applies these ideas to military problems requiring decisions in dynamic situations. The integrating themes of the courses are joint maritime operations, the operational level of war, and military-decision making. Emphasis is placed on the ability to identify the military conditions required to achieve strategic goals, the required sequence of actions, resources and associated costs or risks in that process. NW-3275 is the first of a sequence of two classes required to complete the JMO curriculum; it must be followed by NW-3276 to earn credit for the course.

NW3276 Joint Maritime Operations (Part 2) (4–0)

This class is the second in a sequence of two classes required to complete the JMO curriculum. PREREQUISITE: NW-3275. (See NW-3275 for info.)

NW3285 Theater Security Decision Making (4–0)

The Naval War College course in Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) is designed to engage intermediate-level military officers and U.S. Government civilians in a study of the challenging complexities of the contemporary national security environment. While security policy developments since the 1947 National Security Act have emphasized increasingly centralized USG decision making in national security affairs, the evolving Unified Command Plans (UCP) have also enabled de-centralized implementation of those national security decisions. Although the course offers a broad security studies curriculum that encompasses the strategic and theater-strategic levels, particular emphasis is given to understanding decision making challenges and processes at the theater-strategic level of the combatant commands.

TSDM utilizes an active learning methodology through the application of course concepts in the analysis and discussion of complex real-world security issues. Selection of these concepts and materials is predicated on the belief that an individual in a command position or serving in a large, complex national security organization cannot simply rely on discrete disciplines, but rather needs to apply many disciplines relevant to different situations. For this reason, the TSDM course employs a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on selected concepts from political science, international relations, strategy, leadership, psychology, management, economics, anthropology, and other cognate disciplines. All instruction seeks to utilize the broad academic and professional experience of our students and focuses on making and implementing critical decisions within the command and staff environment.

Marine Corps Professional Military Education at NPS

Marine Corps officers selected to attend NPS through the Commandant’s Career-Level Education Board (CCLEB) or the Commandant’s Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB) can participate in Marine Corps PME seminar programs for captains and majors. The Marine Corps' College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) designs, develops, and delivers both of the Marine Corps' officer distance education programs (DEP): the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWSDEP) and the Command & Staff College (CSCDEP). Interested officers can contact the CDET regional coordinator for NPS through the CDET website: USMC PME information is found at

NPS JPME Requirement. Resident DON students shall have the opportunity to participate in the strategy and naval warfare focused courses embedded within their respective curricula, as well as in Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) offered through the Naval War College program at NPS. JPME provides courses in strategy and war, theater security decision making, and joint maritime operations. Curriculum sponsors and community managers shall determine the requirement for JPME for DON students at NPS.

Naval War College C&S option.  Marine Corps officers attending NPS may enroll in the Naval War College Command and Staff program in lieu of the Marine Corps Command and Staff DEP. The Naval War College courses needed to complete the Navy C&S requirement while at NPS are: NW3230 (Strategy and Policy - one quarter), NW3275 and NW3276 (Joint Maritime Operations-two consecutive quarters), and NW3285 (National Security Decision Making-one quarter).

Air Force Intermediate Development Education (IDE) at NPS

Air Force officers selected for IDE programs at the NPS are managed by the Air Force Institute of Technology, Civilian Institution Programs (AFIT/CI) office at Wright-Patterson AFB OH. Selected officers complete a master's degree program at NPS in a field of study appropriate to their careers.