National Defense University (NDU)

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The National Defense University (often referred to as NDU) is a federally funded and sponsored university that focuses on educating and training personnel responsible for the implementation of national security measures and development of U.S. national security strategy. The current president of the NDU is Major General Gregg F. Martin and the university is officially chartered by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), a group of senior leaders at the United States Department of Defense. The university is located in Washington, D.C. at Fort Lesley McNair, a major United States Army post.

NDU offers various multi/inter-disciplinary higher education and degree programs designed to help prepare civilian and military leaders and personnel to address a broad array of domestic and foreign security isssues and challenges that the United States faces. Specifically, NDU offers a year long instensive school’s master’s program. Under President Clinton, in 1993, the National Defense University began awarding the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in National Resource Strategy and the Master of Science in National Security Strategy. In addition to higher education programs, the university sponsors exchanges, outreach programs and ongoing research projects.

The large marority of students at the National Defense University are military recruits and officers, however, there a handful of civilians who are also invited to attend NDU. The core curriculum and coursework at NDU revolves around strategy, diplomacy and negotiations. The university works in partnership with several other educational organizations and institutes in the development of student training programs and national and international policy recommendations for the U.S. government.

The National Defense University is fully accredited by the Middles States Association of Colleges and Schools.


NDU Colleges and Research Centers

The National Defense University is comprised of several independent colleges and research centers. Academic schools and colleges include:

  • National War College – offers the Master of Science in National Security Strategy
  • Industrial College of Armed Forces (ICAF) – offers the Master of Science in National Resource Strategy. Programs focus on material acquisition and joing logistics.
  • College of International Security Affairs
  • Joint Forces Staff College – offers several programs including Homeland Security Planner’s Course (HLSPC), Joint Transition Course (JTC), Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME), Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) and Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Planner’s Course (JIMPC)

NDU sponsors six research centers, which include the Institute for National Strategic Studies, Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs, Center for Applied Strategic Learning, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Institute of Homeland Security Studies.

Other programs sponsored by the National Defense University include Capstone (intensive 5-week national security course), Keystone (for Command Senior Enlisted Leaders), Pinnacle (for prospective joint/combined force commanders), the NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course (NSOOC), the Joint Reserve Affairs Center, the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows Program (SDCFP) and the Center for Strategic Communications.

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