The first establishment of the Naval War College dates back to 1908, when the King of Italy opened the first session of the School with the aim of providing a senior course for those officers selected for naval command or other positions of responsibility. During the last century, the school changed location and adapted its nature and course according to the evolution of history, but always focusing on the final goal: to consolidate the naval military doctrine and train new generations of qualified staff officers, ready to support the Navy leadership and decision makers in the preparation and execution of all military operations.

The present structure, called “Istituto di Studi Militari Marittimi” is located in Venice, within the historical site of the Arsenale Marittimo, after moving from Livorno (within the Naval Academy) in 1999.

The School’s objectives are:
- Provide Naval Officers with the methods and the procedures to work within staffs and larger national and international organizations, while improving their professional skills to carry out the duties of command and management as part of the General Staffs;
- Conduct researches and studies on specific issues, as directed by the Chief of Staff of the Navy.

Attending students will be provided with:
• Knowledge of the "Method and working procedures in use at Commands," with a specific reference to guidance, both national and NATO;
• Ability to "Communicate" better, with specific reference to the forms of communication used within General Staffs, with an emphasis on the different aspects and impact of Strategic Communications;
• Knowledge of the "Doctrine" and "Strategy," in order to better understand the current international environment in which the Italian military instrument, and the Navy in particular, are operating;
• Knowledge of "Management" and "International Law, Maritime Law and Laws in Areas of Conflicts."

Annually, the Institute holds the three sessions of the “Normal” Course (about 3 months each) for Lieutenants selected for command and promotion.
In particular, the Course is designed on an increasing level of complexity of problem solving, deepening in several areas of interest, with a balanced mix of lectures, conferences and exercises, as listed below:
• Courses held by the teaching staff of the Institute;
• Supplementary lectures presented by personalities (Subject Matters Experts) from both the military world (at the level of Head of Department), and the academic/cultural  environment;
• Group or individual practical exercises, consisting in drafting documents and staff presentation, as a result of analytical work;
• Participation in seminars and workshops organized by the Institute on specific topics of interest (2%).


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