National Security Affairs Department

The National Security Affairs (NSA) department at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is one of the nation's largest and most vibrant graduate teaching departments in the interdisciplinary field of national and international security studies. The department is composed of a blended faculty of scholars and practitioners engaged in a wide range of teaching, research and outreach initiatives. We provide professional education to mid- and senior-career students who are military and civilian national security professionals from the United States and more than 60 partner countries.

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Graduate-Level Security Studies

The NSA department is one of three core departments at NWC and offers two courses that lead to the master's degree: national security decision making (NSDM) for senior-ranking students and theater security decision making (TSDM) for mid-ranking students. These eight-credit hour courses provide a broad interdisciplinary foundation in contemporary security studies including international relations, regional studies, foreign policy analysis and decision making.

At the end of NSDM, each seminar acts as a national strategic planning working group to produce and present a capstone final exercise (FX). Each FX includes an executive-level global strategic estimate of the future security environment over the next 20 years; a national security strategy and national military strategy that advances and defends U.S. national interests; operating concepts that describe how the future force will operate; a joint force structure within budget guidance; and an implementation case.

At the end of TSDM, each seminar acts as a geographic combatant command working group to produce and present a capstone FX. Each FX includes an executive-level strategic estimate of the future security environment in the theater over the next eight years; an outline of a theater strategy; an integrated priority list (IPL) necessary to advance the strategy; implementation details on one aspect of the strategy or the IPL to describe how the innovation or idea would be executed; and performance measures.

National Security Decision Making (NSDM) Course

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Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) Course

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Practitioner Sessions

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Capstone Final Exercises

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Our Faculty

The department is first and foremost a teaching department where scholars and national security practitioners follow a curriculum that combines academic rigor with policy relevance. To further this, faculty participate in scholarly, policy and professional activities to ensure students have a learning experience that meets the needs of the Navy and the intent of the Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) system.

Here are recent selections of NSA faculty contributions to the broader national and international security discourse.

Books ( Since 2014 )

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Articles, Chapters, and Monographs ( Since 2015 )

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Conferences ( Organized and Chaired, Since 2016 )

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Keynote Addresses and Testimony ( Since 2016 )

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Faculty expertise spans multiple fields. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.

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