Chair, Wargaming Department

U.S. Naval War College


The President, U.S. Naval War College, invites applications for the position of Chair, Wargaming Department in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, in Newport, RI.

U.S. Naval War College. The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is a Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. U.S. and selected international graduates earn Master of Arts degrees in National Security & Strategic Studies or Defense & Strategic Studies accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The College educates and develops future leaders through the development of strategic perspective, critical thinking, and cultural awareness, as well as enhancing the capability to advise and eventually serve as senior leaders and policy makers. The College also helps to define the future Navy and its roles and missions; supports combat readiness; strengthens global maritime partnerships; and promotes ethics and leadership throughout the force. We are actively seeking candidates with diverse academic, demographic, and professional backgrounds. More information on the college can be found at 

Wargaming Department (WGD). The WGD conducts research, analysis and gaming to support the requirements of the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the combatant commanders, the Navy component commanders, the Navy numbered fleet commanders, other Navy and Marine Corps commanders, the U.S. intelligence community and other departments and agencies of the U.S. Government. The desired effect is a program of focused, forward-thinking, timely and relevant research, analysis and gaming that anticipates future operational and strategic challenges; develops and assesses strategic and operational concepts to address those challenges; and assesses the risk associated with these concepts. More information about the WGD can be found at .

Responsibilities. The Chair of the WGD, working under the supervision of the Dean, Center for Naval Warfare Studies (CNWS), provides leadership for all aspects of the Department’s operations. The Chair (1) oversees a dynamic group of faculty, staff, military, and contractor personnel in the effective prioritization and execution of the wargaming schedule and assures the quality and timeliness of the resultant analytical products; (2) leads the adaptive change necessary to capitalize on the attributes of the department to strengthen critical thinking, speed up the learning cycle, and create opportunities to advance the art of wargaming; (3) in conjunction with the Dean, CNWS, develops a wargaming research program that will meet these needs of the Navy, supports the goals of the College and when directed supports other stakeholders through wargames and related activities consistent with the resources available; (4) works collaboratively across the NWC, external staff, and stakeholders to carry out the College’s research, educational, and outreach missions; (5) manages WGD resources to include funding for information systems and other material resources and the funding for contractor support to the department and various other entities within the College; and (6) maintains a network of contacts within the naval and defense, professional military education, civilian academic, international, and commercial sectors.

Qualifications. The President seeks candidates recognized as experts in the field of defense and military research and analysis. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of their expertise through a combination of education, research and practical experience. Minimum requirements for this position include: expertise in national security, a deep understanding of joint operations, experience in military analysis, and a Master’s degree. As this is a key College leadership position and an influential position within the Naval Service, the ideal candidate will have experience in pedagogical and analytical wargaming and maritime operations, a Ph.D. from an accredited university in international relations, international political economy, comparative politics, security/strategic studies, operations research, mathematics, information operations, systems engineering, or a related, relevant field. The ideal candidate will also possess demonstrated leadership of large organizations with diverse backgrounds. The successful candidate must demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of current strategic and operational challenges facing Navy leadership in the international and regional security environments.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens capable of obtaining a Department of Defense security clearance at the TOP SECRET level. The selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment drug screening test and to random drug testing thereafter.

Appointment. This appointment is governed by provisions of Section 8748, Title 10, U.S. Code as delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, and the regulations of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management which apply to “excepted” appointments under Schedule A. For the successful candidate, the initial term of appointment is expected to be three years in length with provision for renewal dependent on performance. This is not a remote work position; however, the incumbent may be eligible for situational telework as determined by policy and the position requirements. The incumbent may be expected to travel on occasion.

Salary Considerations. Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a generous federal employee benefits package that includes health insurance with employer contribution, retirement savings plan, paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and credentials in accordance with Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule and NWC policy.

Application Process. Applicants must reference VA#NWC-24-03 and submit their application package to: The application package should include: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae or resume;(3) names and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted through 11:59pm (EST) 20 February 2024.

Questions should be directed to the CNWS Administrative Officer, Ms. Alicia Carvalho:

NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans’ preference eligibility a positive factor for hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume/CV and attach supporting documentation (DD Form 214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”) to their submission. Although the point- preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim 10-Point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” and supporting documents of the claimed disability (e.g., disability letter from the VA). The SF 15, which lists the types of 10-Point Preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at Active duty members must submit a statement of service with their application.

Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

The U.S. Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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