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 Course Descriptions

NW Courses

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 may contact the CDET MCAS Miramar Campus at or call 858-307-1373.


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.