Studies the importance of seapower in history including naval, maritime, and other commercial uses of the sea. Emphasizes significant milestones in the history of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and their role in the national strategies and policies of the United States.
Examines the Inland and International Rules of the Nautical Road, including court interpretations, principles of relative motion and vector analysis with the maneuvering board, ship handling procedures, weather, communications, tactical operations, and maritime law.
Introduces theoretical concepts upon which modern naval weapons systems are designed and constructed. Specific areas of study include physics of underwater sound propagation, pulse radar theory, automatic tracking principles, and fundamentals of missile guidance.
Traces the development of warfare, focusing on the impact of military theorists and technical developments. Assists students to acquire a sense of strategy, develop an understanding of military alternatives, and see the impact of historical precedent on military actions.
Comprehensively studies organizational leadership. Emphasizes motivation, communication, empowerment, and needs of subordinates. Studies the role of professional and personal ethics in organizational leadership.
Studies the ethics and laws of armed conflict, analyzing the leadership responsibilities of officers in conflict. Studies the military justice system and Naval legal administrative procedures, comparing military law with civilian criminal and civil law. Defines the responsibilities of junior officers within the military justice system.
Offers theory and practical application in the art of navigation: charts, publications, piloting, dead reckoning, navigation aids and instruments, time, sextant use, electronic fixing, global positioning system, and voyage planning.
Surveys the development of amphibious doctrine. Emphasizes the evolution of amphibious warfare in the 20th century. Explores present-day potential and limitations on amphibious operations, including the rapid force deployment concept.