The Strategic Security Studies Program of the National Defense College is an intensive graduate level program that focuses on the domestic and international contexts in which national security strategy is developed, the orchestration of military and non-military instruments of power, national security organizations and decision making processes, and the formulation and implementation of strategy.
The program’s curriculum is highly fluid: new courses will be added to ensure representation of current knowledge and trends in the discipline, and existing courses are regularly updated to reflect new knowledge and trends.
The study program was carefully planned to meet the requirements of the National Defense course as it provides an analytical study of the prevalent strategic environment and the rapidly changing factors at the international, regional and national levels. The study program includes courses related to strategy, national security, crisis management, economics, international relations, international law and contemporary issues. As part of the study plan, the college conducts two study tours (regional and international) so that participant student can closely examine the economic and political environment. In addition to discussing some contemporary issues, participants are required at the end of the course to complete a capstone research project.
- Think critically and strategically in order to apply practical knowledge in collaborative ways and in complex circumstances with diverse partners.
- Analyze how domestic, regional and international factors shape strategy and be able to evaluate strategic environments and their impact on national security at the national, regional and international levels.
- Evaluate strategic threats and challenges in order to facilitate national decision-making.
- Produce frameworks for formulating either specialized strategies (diplomatic/military/economic/informational) or a national comprehensive strategy.
- Apply the fundamentals of sound strategic crisis-management to coordinate the use of national resources.
- Evaluate the relationship between political objectives, strategy, and the use of instruments of national power (e.g. diplomacy, military, economic and information) to resource strategy in peace, crisis and war.
- Serve as strategic leaders who can effectively shape and implement policy and develop appropriate strategies in support of national security objectives.
The language of instruction for the course is
The course duration is between
43-45 weeks, divided into three semesters.