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 26 - March 9, 2018 (application deadline is January 29, 2018)

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

Todd Harrison Quoted in Article on Trump Defense Spending

April 23, 2017

NSSP guest speaker and CSIS Defense Budget Analysis Director Todd Harrison was quoted in a Washington Examiner article assessing how the Trump Administration's military buildup will fare in Congress. 

John Park Speaks with NPR on U.S. Relations with South Korea

April 17, 2017

John Park, a frequent guest speaker with NSSP and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, spoke with NPR's Kelly McEvers about the U.S.-South Korea alliance during increasing tensions with North Korea.

Amb. James Jeffrey Comments on Trump's Syria Strikes

April 07, 2017

NSSP guest speaker and former Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey said it was "high time" for a measured and reasonable response to Syria's use of chemical weapons.

Speaker Spotlight

Why the U.S. Government Failed to Anticipate the Rwandan Genocide of 1994

MIPP Director Dr. Matthew Levinger argues that most U.S. government reporting on Rwanda before April 1994 utilized a faulty cognitive frame that failed to differentiate between threats of civil war and genocide.

Welcome to the Kremlin Playbook

NSSP Guest Lecturer Heather Conley explores Russia's strategy toward weakening internal cohesion of democratic societies.

Senior Manager Course in National Security Leadership

Upcoming Program: February 26-March 9, 2018 (application deadline is January 29, 2018)