The CAPT Wayne P. Hughes Jr. Naval Warfare Studies Institute was officially chartered during an intimate ceremony in NPS' Dudley Knox Library in December 2020.

CAPT Wayne P. Hughes literally wrote the book on naval warfare. His seminal work, Fleet Tactics, has influenced thinking about naval warfare since its publication in 1986. It was twice updated to reflect the latest technological and geopolitical changes, most recently in a third edition from 2018.  Hughes was professor of the practice and a researcher at the Naval Postgraduate School for many years. His intellectual and tactical leadership gives NWSI its inspiration. 

NWSI was established to support the alignment of NPS' priorities, activities, actions, and investments to the Navy's and Marine Corps' most pressing concept and capability development efforts.