National Security Decision Making

The National Security Affairs (NSA) Department’s course on National Security Decision Making (NSDM) educates senior military officers and U.S. government civilians in the College of Naval Warfare and Naval Command College on effective decision- making and leadership on national security issues, focusing primarily at the strategic level.

The 10-week NSDM course is part of NWC's yearlong resident program and is designed to prepare senior level joint and international officers and civilians for executive positions in large national security organizations.
The 10-week NSDM course is part of NWC's yearlong resident program and is designed to prepare senior level joint and international officers and civilians for executive positions in large national security organizations. Top graduates of the 2016 NSDM course were bestowed the James V. Forrestal Award for Excellence in Force Planning. 160226-N-PX557-080 NEWPORT, R.I. (Feb. 26, 2016)

Focus areas include strategic planning and selection of future military forces and their potential use as one tool of national power; the nature of economic, political, organizational, and behavioral factors affecting national security decisions within complex national security organizations, with particular emphasis on the Department of Defense and its role in the interagency process; enhancing strategic thinking skills and understanding of the role, formulation, and implementation of U.S. national security strategies; and exploring the unique challenges that characterize leadership at the strategic level.

National Security Affairs (NSA) Department’s course

The National Security Affairs (NSA) Department’s course of study in National Security Decision Making (NSDM) is designed to engage senior-rank students in the current and future complexities of a rapidly evolving national and international security environment.

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

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

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.

The NSA Department offers distinctive courses of study within each of the college's two master's degree programs. These 8-credit courses are each core curricular requirements within these programs that provide all students with a broad grounding in contemporary security studies with multidisciplinary foundations in international relations, regional studies, foreign policy analysis, leadership studies, and other cognate fields.  

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
(401) 841-3540