Overview: The National Security Studies Program (NSSP) is designed to prepare future leaders of civilian agencies for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities. This program focuses on international environments and commercial partnerships. All participants that successfully complete this program are awarded a Master’s degree. This program does not involve a promotion or a change in position.
Program Components: This year DOE employees have the opportunity to apply for the National Security Studies Program, the Dwight D. Eisenhower School (ES) for National Security and Resource Strategy. The Eisenhower School conducts executive-level courses of study focusing on the resource component of national power, with special emphasis on material acquisition and joint logistics, and their integration into national security strategy for peace and war. The 2014 - 2015 academic years (AY) begins on August 4, 2014 and graduation is June 11, 2015. All non-DOD civilian ES students will report on July 30, 2014 for orientation.
Target Audience and Eligibility: 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 is for federal employees at the GS/GM-14 or GS/GM-15 or equivalent Pay Band levels who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree. The majority of students attending currently hold a Master'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 National Defense University (NDU) application is part of the nomination package and can be found on this page under Additional Information.
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.
NOTE: 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 NDU 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.