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Marine Corps War College
Quantico, Virginia

Welcome to Marine Corps University’s New Student Registration page.  The following content and links provide information and forms for all military and civilian students who will be attending the resident officer professional military education programs given at Marine Corps University.  These programs include the Marine Corps War College, School of Advanced Warfighting, Command and Staff College, and Expeditionary Warfare School.

Curriculum

8100 Campaigning & Warfare

The Campaigning & Warfare (CW) course complements the Joint Warfare (JW) and National Security (NS) courses of MCWAR through the employment of connecting theory, history, wargaming, and discussions of strategic ideas and concepts to the application of military force in the future environment.  Drawing heavily from the great strategic theorists and military history the CW course explores both the strategy of competition and conflict, as well as taking deep dives into various historical campaigns.  One of the course’s key goals is to help students think critically about the development and execution of “campaigns for strategic impact.”

8200 Diplomacy and Statecraft

The Diplomacy and Statecraft (DS) course explores the “D” in DIME, albeit with a heavy focus on political-military and security issues.  The course is chiefly aimed at competition with great power rivals.  The DS course also includes study of nuclear issues, such as the Nuclear Posture Review, the modernization of the US nuclear triad, nuclear weapons strategy, deterrence strategy, and arms control.  Historical case studies illuminate (and pair with) a brief look at theoretical and methodological approaches to diplomatic and security policy.  These “foundational” seminars foster the development of analytical techniques that will be applied during the rest of the year, and perhaps in future jobs.

8400 National Security

The National Security (NS) course provides the student with an extensive understanding of national security affairs, showing how textbook explanations fall short of what really happens in national security and decision making.  Arrow charts showing a National Security Strategy flowing into lower level documents are one thing, but the fact of the matter is before the National Defense Authorization Act supplanted the Department of Defense’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), there has never been a QDR published after the National Security Strategy.  NS will teach the theory and the actual practice of national security.

8500 Leadership and Ethics

The Marine Corps War College recognizes each student’s status as a mature, experienced professional.  The fact they have been selected to attend strongly suggests that they already know much about the subject of leadership and ethics, have excelled as a leader at the tactical and operational levels and have clear potential to rise to senior leadership positions.  This course is an opportunity for them to take the competencies they already have and examine them in light of the new roles and responsibilities they will encounter in future assignments.  It asks them to think deeply about the complexity of strategic leadership.  It also asks them to think about developing new skills in order to thrive in the complicated strategic environment where there are often no right answers, only difficult decisions.  As a graduate they will soon find themselves assisting a senior leader making strategic decisions.  This curriculum is designed to improve the quality of their advice and actions when they become a strategic leader.

8700 Advanced Studies Program

MCWAR initiated its Advanced Studies Program (ASP) in AY13.  The ASP supplements the core courses by providing students with a “deep dive” into each core course’s topic area.  All students participate in the ASP. 

8800 Joint Warfare

The Joint Warfare (JW) course complements the other courses of MCWAR by connecting strategic ideas and concepts to the application of military force in pursuit of national strategic objectives.  Drawing from joint doctrine, discussions with key senior leadership, and examination of historical case studies, the JW course explores the nexus between strategy and operations to aid students in developing the analytical tools required to think critically and act decisively within an ambiguous environment.  JW is not a military planning course; instead, it builds on students’ previous military and civilian experience to foster a deeper understanding of how the instruments of national power combine to accomplish national strategic objectives at the theater and higher level.

Marine Corps War College Leaders

Director
Marine Corps War College

Brian P. Sharp serves as the Director, Marine Corps War College, Quantico VA.A native of Westwood,

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Deputy Director/Leadership & Ethics Course Director/USMCR Chair
Marine Corps War College

Colonel Matt Breen is currently assigned as Deputy Director, Leadership & Ethics Course Director,

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Dean
Marine Corps War College

Dr. Christopher Yung serves as the Director of East Asian Studies for MCU, and lectures across the

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Professor of National Security Affairs
Command and Staff College

CIVILIAN EDUCATIONPh.D. History, Duke UniversityM.A. History, Duke UniversityB.A. English, The

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Professor of Strategic Studies
Marine Corps War College

Dr. James G. Lacey serves as professor and course director for Campaigning and Warfare.He is the

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Course Director Diplomacy and Statecraft, Professor of Strategic Studies
Marine Corp War College

Dr. Morgan is Professor of Strategic Studies and Course Director for Diplomacy & Statecraft at the

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Course Directory, National Security
Marine Corps Warr College

Dr. Tammy S. Schultz is the Director of the National Security and Joint Warfare and a Professor of

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Joint Warfighting Instructor / USA Chair
Marine Corps War College

Colonel Scott Trahan is the U.S. Army Chair at the U.S. Marine Corps War College. After enlisting in

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Joint Warfighting Instructor/USN Chair
Marine Corps War College

Captain Miller was raised in New Bern, NC and Enumclaw, WA and calls Mobile, AL home. He attended

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Joint Warfighting Course Director
Marine Corps War College

Colonel William R. Ryerson is the Air Force Chair to Marine Corps University. In this capacity, he

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Professor of Strategic Studies and State Department Chair, Diplomacy and Statecraft
Marine Corps War College

Dr. Dille is Professor of Strategic Studies and State Department Chair at the Marine Corps War

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DIA Chair
Marine Corps War College

Mr. Kevin Heaton is the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Chair at Marine Corps University, resident

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Welcome Aboard!

MCB Quantico

Marine Corps War College
2076 South Street
Quantico, VA 22134-5068

Commercial: (703)-432-4637 or 4545
mcwar@usmcu.edu

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MARINE CORPS UNIVERSITY

Welcome to Marine Corps University’s New Student Registration page.  The following content and links provide information and forms for all military and civilian students who will be attending the resident officer professional military education programs given at Marine Corps University.  These programs include the Marine Corps War College, School of Advanced Warfighting, Command and Staff College, and Expeditionary Warfare School.

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Marine Corps University Student Services Office

Questions with regard to the administrative join process and reporting in to Marine Corps University should be directed to the Student Services office.  The Student Service office is open from 0800 to 1600 Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.  The Student Service office is located in Room 1182 of Warner Hall, 2044 Broadway Street, Quantico, VA 22134.

Director, Administrative Services    
Maj Nicholas D. Patitsas
(703) 432-4632
Dep Director, Administrative Services    
MSgt Martin I. Cervantes
(703) 784-5665
Student Service Chief/ Navy Rep
YN1(SW) Robin Charoenkwanchi
(703) 432-5465
Student Service Clerks
LCPL Joshua M. Chester
(703) 432-5477
Student Services OMB: 
MCU_STUDENT_SERVICES@usmcu.edu    
 
Registrar
Mr. Jake Bilyew
(703) 432-5503
Security Officer
Ms. Lisa Nelson
lisa.nelson@usmcu.edu

 

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