Theater Security Decision Making

The National Security Affairs (NSA) Department’s course of study in Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) is designed to engage intermediate-rank students in the complexities of today’s national and international security environment with a strong emphasis on regional security issues.

U.S. Naval War College students in the National Security Affairs department participate in the Theater Security Decision Making Final Exercise in the college's Spruance auditorium in Newport, Rhode Island.
U.S. Naval War College students in the National Security Affairs department participate in the Theater Security Decision Making Final Exercise in the college's Spruance auditorium in Newport, Rhode Island. The final exercise for the course is a competition among student seminar teams with the winning group presented the Adm. James G. Stavridis Award for Excellence in Theater Strategic Planning. NEWPORT, R.I. (Nov. 3, 2016)

TSDM Course

The TSDM course offers a graduate-level survey in contemporary security studies that draws on a range of academic disciplines. These include international relations, regional studies, foreign policy analysis, leadership and management studies, and other cognate fields. The course is designed to develop regional awareness and strategic perspectives while fostering critical thinking and analytic skills that will have lasting professional relevance.

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Department of National Security Affairs (NSA)

The Department of National Security Affairs (NSA) at the U.S. Naval War College is one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant graduate teaching departments in national and international security studies. Our educational programs are rooted in both intellectual rigor and an understanding of the imperative for professional relevance.

Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) is designed to engage intermediate-rank students in the complexities of today’s national and international security environment with a strong emphasis on regional security issues.

The course offers a broad interdisciplinary curriculum in contemporary security studies that encompasses a diverse spectrum of regional and global issues and perspectives, but with particular emphasis on U.S. decision making challenges and processes at the theater-strategic level of the geographic combatant commands.

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