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NEWPORT, R.I. - The College of Naval Command and Staff executed the capstone event in National Security Decision Making (NSDM) on Oct. 28-29. 
The NSDM Final Exercise is a regional security and engagement planning exercise conducted over a three-week period at the end of the NSDM trimester.
During the NSDM Final Exercise (FX), 23 Seminars, regionally organized and focused on five different geographic combatant commands, presented their briefs to NSDM Faculty panels. Their presentations were the product of 11 weeks of study in three distinct sub-courses in NSDM.
The students created their own analytical organization, engaged in assessment of the future security environment, conducted strategic planning, and ultimately prepared and presented their briefs for grade.
One seminar from each combatant command region was selected to present their brief to a panel of senior national and regional security experts from the five geographic combatant commander theater security planning staffs. The National Security Panel also included Ambassador John Cloud, State Department Senior Advisor to the Naval War College.
“The (combatant command) planners are provided with all of the NSDM Briefs and position papers from the seminars within their area of responsibility,” said Professor Sean Sullivan, NSDM FX Director. 
“Also, we provide position papers from the students which provide a summary of their Strategy and Theater Security paper. Talking with the combatant command representatives over the last few years, these ideas are valued in that they originate from outside of the organization and provide a different perspective or concur with existing initiatives or assessments.”
The National Security Decision Making Department curriculum educates Naval War College students in the effective selection and leadership of military forces within the constraints of available national resources. The department provides instruction in the strategic planning and selection of future military forces, and their potential use as a tool of national power, the nature of economic, political, organizational, and behavioral factors that affect the selection and command of military forces; and in using expanded critical thinking skills to formulate and execute strategy to achieve desired outcomes within complex national security organizations.

Provided by National Security Decision Making Department