The George Washington University National Security Studies Program (GW NSSP) provides high-quality executive education courses to senior military and civilian officials from the United States and its international partners. The courses are designed to fulfill the training needs of career professionals and combine foundational knowledge with a focus on the core issues for U.S. national security in the 21st Century.

The program is based in Washington, DC, giving participants incomparable access to key policy-makers and high-level benefits at critical governmental and non-governmental institutions.

Upcoming Program Dates

February 22-March 4, 2016 (application deadline is January 25, 2016)


Program director Matt Levinger discusses the ways in which GW's National Security Studies Program prepares senior executives for strategic leadership roles in national security.

In the News

Discredit the Islamic State Narrative

November 20, 2015

NSSP Program Director Matthew Levinger discusses how to defeat the Islamic State by discrediting its strategic narrative.

Hospital attack reveals perils of US strategy in Afghanistan

October 05, 2015

Benjamin Hopkins parallels the current U.S. campaign in Afghanistan with past British and Soviet incursions in this Boston Globe opinion article.

Stephen Biddle appears on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook discussing Afghanistan and the fall of Kunduz

October 01, 2015

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, appeared on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on October 1, 2015. Stephen Biddle and other guests discussed Afghanistan and the fall of Kunduz.

Speaker Spotlight

Strengthening Local Engagement in Peacebuilding

What distinguishes contemporary conflicts, says Professor Matthew Levinger, from those of earlier times is the phenomenon that Moisés Naím calls the 'decay of power.'

NATO's priority in 2015: Setting up reaction force in Europe

"NATO's biggest challenge in 2015 will be focusing on and advancing its core mission — ensuring the security of the alliance's members and promoting stability in Europe," said Michael Brown, dean of the Elliot School of International Affairs.

Senior Manager Course in National Security Leadership

Upcoming Program: February 22-March 4, 2016 (application deadline is January 25, 2016)