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College of International Security Affairs

Overview: College of International Security Affairs (CISA). CISA's mission is to educate and prepare civilian and military national security professionals and future leaders from the United States and partner nations for the strategic challenges of the contemporary security environment. CISA is the Department of Defense flagship for education and the building of partnership capacity in combating terrorism and irregular warfare at the strategic level. CISA prepares students for high-level policy and command and staff responsibilities through a graduate, interagency, and joint education program. This organization is funded externally.

Program Components: The National Defense University's (NDU) 2014 - 2015 academic year (AY) quotas for the College of International Security Affairs (CISA) have been approved. AY 14/15 begins on August 4, 2014 and graduation is June 11, 2015.  All non-DOD civilian students will report on July 30, 2014 for orientation.

Target  Audience and Eligibility:  Target Audience:  DOE employees in the following fields are encouraged to apply,  safeguards and security, international affairs, non-proliferation, emergency managers, infrastructure specialists, economic advisors, and information and resource managers. Eligibility: Federal employees at the GS/GM-14 or GS/GM-15 or equivalent Pay Band levels who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree.

Cost:  The tuition is waived for this program.  There is no direct training cost.  However, the participant’s organization will be responsible for travel and related expenses if the selectee is outside of the Washington, D.C. area.

Nomination Procedure and Due Date:  All nomination packages should be submitted to Johnny McChriston via e-mail. Additionally, perspective applicants may call Mr. McChriston at 301-903-9862 to obtain answers for concerns or questions. Nomination packages are due by MARCH 14, 2014. The link below can be used to apply to the CISA schools. 

Applicants should e-mail all materials to Johnny Mcchriston, with the exception of those items requiring signatures and official college transcripts from accredited universities and colleges. Items requiring a signature may be scanned, and then sent via email. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Materials requiring signatures and official transcripts may be mailed to the following address. 

Additional Information:  All nominees must have, at minimum, a National Agency Check with Inquires (NACI) completed prior to their arrival.  NDU does offer classified electives at a higher security clearance level and individuals possessing the appropriate level will have the opportunity to attend.  It is important to understand these classes are not required to complete the master's degree program. NDU will not assume responsibility for upgrading a student's security clearance nor will they authorize the owning security office to submit a student for an upgraded security clearance for attendance. Candidates who fail to provide their current level of security clearance, investigation type, and date of adjudication on the nomination form will not be considered for enrollment. Detailed information is available on the National Defense University website, College of International Security Affairs.

Benefits to Organization: The program prepares federal civilian employees for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities.  Participants will gain valuable experience in leadership, information strategy, national security studies, military strategy, logistics, economics, industry studies, and more.  This experience will help produce capable and exceptionally prepared professionals for the Department.

Benefits to the Participant: Students will have an opportunity to travel abroad for industry studies.  Students are offered a wide and interesting variety of electives, and the opportunity to intermingle with the multi-agency student body at the Eisenhower School and/or the CISA.