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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.
Our students are mid-career national security professionals including intermediate- and senior-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. Our faculty likewise represents a diverse blend of scholars, practitioners, and active duty military officers.
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.  The National Security Decision Making (NSDM) course is designed for senior-rank students and focuses on global strategic issues, while the Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) course is designed for intermediate-rank students and gives particular emphasis to regional security challenges. 

Members of the NSA faculty also develop and teach a wide array of elective courses in their areas of expertise.


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