The Department of National Security Affairs (NSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant graduate teaching departments in national and international security studies. Our program is rooted in both intellectual rigor and an understanding of the need for professional relevance to our students.
Our students are mid-career and senior-level officers from across all of the U.S. armed services, international military officers from more than sixty partner nations, and civilians from a variety of U.S. government agencies. Our faculty likewise represents a diverse blend of scholars, practitioners, and active duty military officers.
Our core courses offer broad surveys in contemporary security studies with multidisciplinary foundations in international relations, regional studies, foreign policy analysis, strategic leadership, and other fields. The National Security Decision Making (NSDM) course focuses on strategic-level issues, while Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) places particular emphasis on regional security challenges. Members of the NSA faculty also develop and teach an array of elective classes in their areas of expertise.