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

Long-Term Strategy for Defeating Extremism

December 08, 2015

NSSP Featured Speaker Farah Pandith discusses defeating extremism by destroying the ideological extremist narratives.

Armed militant groups expand across Sahara

November 22, 2015

Ambassador Reuben Brigety discusses the growing threat of militant jihadism in North, West, and East Africa on MSNBC.

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.

Speaker Spotlight

Syrian Peace Process Needs Safeguards

Program Director Matthew Levinger argues that a solution to the Syrian civil war needs to reflect a shared political vision for Syria's future.

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

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.

Senior Manager Course in National Security Leadership

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