NWSI Charter Signing 11DEC2020

NWSI Charter Signing (11 December 2020)

The Wayne P. Hughes Jr. Naval Warfare Studies Institute (NWSI) is officially chartered during a small ceremony in NPS' Dudley Knox Library with select university and institute leadership on hand. Held Dec. 11, 2020, just over a year from the legendary strategist's passing, NWSI hopes to honor Hughes' inquisitive spirit and strategic prowess by empowering the university's robust faculty expertise in seapower studies and naval strategy, acting as a cross-campus connector for research efforts in direct response to fleet and force needs.


The publication of the 2018 National Defense Strategy an d, subse quently, the tri-service "Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower," the Commandant of the Marine Corps' "Commandant's Planning Guidan ce," and the Chief of Naval Operation's "A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority" represent a significant shift away from the maritim e services pursuing separate missions, largely focused on counter-terrorism and low intensity conflict operations, toward a single integrated force that is ready for competition an d conflict with a peer competitor nation state. This fundamental chan ge of focus ha s re sulted in a similarly fundamental recon sideration of how naval forces gain comparative advantage over adversaries; how the services are organized, trained, an d eq uipp ed; how an integrated naval force should campaign at the operational level of war; and how units should fight togeth er at the tactical level of war. Accordingly, both the Navy and Marine Corps have begun re cons idering decade s-old concepts such as Operational Maneuver from the Sea, Ship-to-Objective Maneuver, and Distribu ted Operation s as well as creating entirely new warfighting concepts such as Distributed Maritime Operations, Littor al Oper at ions in a Contested Environment, and Expedi tionary Advance Base Operations. Refinement of these concepts, description of concept-required capabilities, assessments of emergin g technologies' effectiveness in potential future conflicts, and the subsequent development of solution s are significant undertakings that will require a "whole of Navy-Marine Corps team " effort.

Building Twenty-first Century integrated naval capabilitie s requires substantial expertise in both the art and science of war. Naval leaders and capability developers must understand advanced technology and be able to envisage future comparative advantages on a future battlefield. Naval planners and unit leaders, critically, must then be prepared to integrate and employ new capabilities to the maximum utility of th eir design using appropriate campaigns and tactics. "Fighting smart" in 2030 will require the Fleet and its assigned Fleet Marine Force s to have a very high degree of coherence with regard to people, systems, tac tics, and plans and must operate with an extraordinarily high level of trust and con fidence in teams, unit s, adjacent commanders, and higher headquarters.

The Naval Education Enterprise (NEE) and the Naval Research and Development Estab lishment (NR&DE) hold tremendous potential to support the rapid and efficient translation of these emerging ideas into warfighting concepts and capabilities. Fully realizing the desired symbiosis between technological solutions, operational art, and tactical skills while developin g, sustaining, and enhancing the foundation of intellectual human capital, however, will require a cooperative and integrated effort between the two enterprises. The one place in the Department of the Navy where the NEE an d NR&DE intersect is the Naval Postgraduate School.
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