Welcome to the National War College

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Congratulations on your selection to attend the National War College!

All incoming students should receive a welcome package from the National Defense University Registrar's office. Within that package each student will find a welcome letter with guidance on actions to take as they prepare to arrive at National War College.

Student Welcome Package Information - AY 2019-20

In addition, incoming National War College students should review the NWC Welcome letter attached here as it contains arrival information specific to the National War College.

NWC School Specific Information - AY 2019-20

It is important that all US Military and Civilian students read both of these letters as they contain action items to complete prior to arrival and provide a schedule for service specific meetings for arriving US Military service members.

NWC Student Catalog

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Please see Commandant's Welcome Letter, Dean of Student's Welcome Letter, and Spouses' Welcome letter via the links below: 

Check back as you make your way to Washington D.C. as updates will be posted here as well as links to training to accomplish prior to arrival, and, as we gather them, answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


Arrival, In-Processing and First Few Days

Please visit the NDU website for detailed information regarding the below briefings.  http://www.ndu.edu/Students/Incoming-Students/

Military students must report in Class B uniform (USA) or Service uniform (USAF, USN, USMC, and USCG) to National Defense University (NDU), Marshall Hall, Bldg. 62, Fort McNair for pre-brief and sign-in with their military service representative (MilRep). Students should bring a copy of their assignment orders, detaching evaluation/FITREP (USAF exempt), and leave form (including local moves). Students should report no earlier than 25 July 2019, and no later than 1 August 2019. Note: Military students returning from overseas assignments may be approved to report early, subject to approval by NDU's Military Service Chairs on a case-by-case basis.

We strongly encourage civilian students attending our 10-month academic programs at Fort McNair to come to campus on one of the dates listed below. This is an opportunity for you to get assistance with any issues you have encountered with our pre-arrival requirements. Spending just an hour or two on campus will help ensure you are well-provisioned and ready to go on your first day.  Dress code for the optional visit is casual attire. Pre-visits are not currently offered at our Norfolk campus.

Attendance to one of the briefings is highly recommended:

  • Thursday – July 25, 1000-1200 and 1400-1600
  • Tuesday – July 30, 1000-1200 and 1400-1600
  • Wednesday – July 31, 1000-1200 and 1400-1600
  • Thursday – August 1, 1000-1200 and 1400-1600

These briefings are important to start long lead items for your academic year and every student should attend.  Briefings will be in NDU, Marshall Hall, Bldg. 62, Rooms 155 A, B & C.  Contact your service/agency representative for more information.

Additional information:

  • All report to the National War College (NWC) on 5 August 2019 at 0730.  NWC is located on Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. in Roosevelt Hall (Building 61).
  • Parking is available in the south side lot between Eisenhower Hall and NWC. Parking is also available on most of the surrounding streets. Parking spaces in front of the building and in the alley way on the ground floor are reserved for faculty and guests.
  • Access into Roosevelt Hall is controlled for all doors of the building.  You will be issued an NDU Badge which will give you access to the building soon after you arrive.  If you are visiting prior to the mandatory reporting date, you will need to work with your host to enter and exit. For the first few days of class, prior to the issue of your NDU badges, the doors will not be secured and you will be able to enter and exit.
  • Each student will have access to CAC enabled NDU computers which will allow for the completion of official digitally signed required documents and other administrative tasks.
  • Group in-processing is scheduled on 5 August at 1215 in the Atrium of Bldg 62, Marshall Hall, Fort McNair.
  • For planning purposes the first week, you should expect to be in session from 0830-1630 each day, Monday - Thursday and 0830-2100 (Commandant’s Reception 1800-2000) on Friday, 9 August 2019.  Friday afternoon's sessions are modified to ensure time to travel home to pick up your family members for the reception.

Pre-arrival Information

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All students are required to complete the Pre-Attendance Training:

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A National Security Primer

NSS Primer

A National Security Strategy Primer provides students with a common point of reference for material covered in the National War College curriculum. We use the Primer as a point of departure for discussions about strategy, and as a principal tool for understanding and achieving core course learning objectives. The Primer specifically addresses the concept of national security strategy and an approach for developing it, one that should be studied closely. In addition to using current joint and service-specific doctrine, extant procedures, and existing policy guidance, A National Security Strategy Primer uses the literature on national security strategy found in academia, the business sector, and elsewhere. While the Primer is geared towards the National War College core curriculum, it can also serve as a useful tool for interagency practitioners charged with designing or assessing national security strategies. 

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Blackboard Questions

National Defense University (NDU) uses Blackboard as its Learning Management System. All curriculum is delivered to the students across the university using Blackboard.

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Every student will have an account established prior to their arrival, and will be enrolled into a "Pre-attendance" course to guide them through some steps to accomplish some of the required training that is nice to accomplish prior to arrival.

Incoming students should check back here mid June for more guidance on how to obtain their user credentials for their initial log on. If you are having technical problems, email: nwcedtech@ndu.edu.

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NWC Alumni Association

The NWC Alumni Association (NWCAA) is an independent 501 (c)(3) charitable, educational organization with 30% of the College’s more than 10,000 graduates as life and annual members.  The National War College Alumni Association is a non-federal entity.  It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no Government Status

The Association provides funding for a variety of student social, athletic, and liaison activities.

Welcome Letter from the NWC Alumni Association