Women, Peace, and Security



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Understanding the application of strategic planning, adapting problem-solving skills to get at the operational challenges of America’s navy, bridging the civil-military divide, and enhancing international security cooperation is a gender-ignorant process.  Leadership in these essential missions, leadership at the helm of the U.S. Navy, belongs to the self-assured, the professional, the impassioned. To be successful in this as a woman - as in most career fields - takes stamina. The headwinds can, at times, be overpowering. But the sworn duty of the nearly 150,000 women in navy service today is to support and defend the constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic – and headwinds and unfavorable tides will be a part of a daily effort to fulfill that oath. To surmount those challenges, women must be confident in their knowledge of the subject matter, their ability to strengthen navy operations, and their unique problem-solving and communications skills. Accomplishment comes from putting one’s life’s energy into a chosen path. In the U.S. Navy, that means being consistent and being determined and taking the helm.

Publication Date

May, 2023


U.S. Naval War College


Newport, Rhode Island


WPS, women in leadership, U.S. Navy

Bringing Women to the Helm of Strategic Plans and Operations in the U.S. Navy