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: The National Defense University's academic year quotas for the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National and Resource Strategy (ES) has been approved. AY 15/16 begins on August 3, 2015 and graduation is June 16, 2016.
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:
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.