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)

Theater Security Decision Making (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. 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 current and evolving regional and transnational security issues facing the United States and its international partners; the roles and challenges of the U.S. combatant commands; the importance of regional knowledge and cultural awareness from a combatant command perspective; national security strategies and theater-strategic concepts and tools; Economic, political, bureaucratic, and behavioral factors (both domestic and international) influencing decision making and implementation within complex national security organizations; organizational structures, processes, and procedures of large organizations and the management techniques and skills that complement leadership skills in a staff environment; leadership principles and tools to improve students’ ability to excel in future command and staff positions and a framework for analyzing individual leader’s national security decisions; and, clear and effective writing and briefing skills.

Theater Security Decision Making: Intermediate Level Course

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.

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.

The TSDM course integrates concepts drawn from a number of disciplines including area studies, comparative politics, international relations, foreign policy analysis, leadership and management studies, and cognate fields. The course is designed to develop strategic perspective while fostering critical thinking and analytical skills that that will have lasting professional relevance long into the future.

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