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)

About the TSDM Course

The TSDM course is a graduate-level survey of contemporary security studies that draws from international relations, regional studies, foreign policy analysis, and decision making. The course is designed to develop regional awareness and strategic perspectives while fostering critical thinking and analytic skills. At the end of TSDM, each seminar acts as a geographic combatant command working group to produce and present a capstone final exercise (FX).

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Theater-strategic focus

Because of the theater-strategic focus of the course, each TSDM seminar will concentrate on the area of responsibility of a specific geographic combatant command.

Illustrative focus areas include:

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Students attending TSDM

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Our students are mid-career national security professionals including intermediate-rank officers from across all of the U.S. armed services, military officers from more than sixty partner countries, and civilian officials from a variety of U.S. government agencies.

Department of National Security Affairs (NSA)

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.

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Faculty at NSA

Our faculty represents a diverse blend of scholars, practitioners, and active duty military officers. Members of the NSA faculty also develop and teach a wide array of elective courses in their areas of expertise.

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NSA.Administrative.Assistant@usnwc.edu
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