Congressmen Langevin, Panetta Establish Congressional Naval Education Caucus

Oct 4, 2019 Issues: Armed Services

WASHINGTON Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) have established the Congressional Naval Education Caucus.

The caucus is dedicated to issues related to the entire naval educational enterprise – including promoting strategic naval education and organizational learning; producing leaders of character, integrity, and intelligence; studying the art of war, the profession of arms, and the history and traditions of the naval service; and advocating for lifelong learning in the naval profession to achieve the strategic viability and long-term effectiveness of the Navy and the Nation.

“I am excited to co-chair the Naval Education Caucus with my friend and colleague Congressman Panetta,” said Congressman Langevin. “I am extremely proud that the great State of Rhode Island is home to the Naval War College, an institution that has educated military leaders across the Armed Forces. For over a hundred years, the Naval War College has exemplified excellence in professional military education, and I strive to ensure that Congress supports their work and that of the entire naval educational enterprise.”

"U.S. military education programs must be prepared to address the challenges of the modern world. In an era of renewed great power competition and dramatic technological advancement – including autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and quantum computing – developing and advancing the cognitive skills and abilities of naval officers and enlisted leaders is a strategic national priority,” said Congressman Panetta. “I look forward to working with Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the entire Department of the Navy as they revitalize and modernize the Naval Education Enterprise.”

The U.S. Naval War College (NWC), located in Newport, RI, is known as the Navy’s “Home of Thought.” Since its founding in 1884, NWC has educated more than 50,000 U.S. and international military officers and hundreds of federal civilian executives across its colleges and various academic centers. NWC regularly updates its programs of study to achieve its mission of educating and developing future military leaders and policymakers.

"The importance of education in our Naval institutions cannot be overstated. It is a key component to building and maintaining the Navy the nation needs and honing our competitive edge in an era of great power competition," said Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, president, U.S. Naval War College. "I'm very proud to be a part of the Secretary of the Navy's Education for Seapower initiative. We will continue to evolve our Naval education system to best serve our nation and develop our future leaders to think critically and strategically. Committing to a process of lifelong learning and the intellectual development of our U.S. service members and partners from across the interagency and other nations enhances our relationships that contribute to global stability and increases our warfighting capability to respond when called."