The George Washington University National Security Studies Program (GW NSSP) provides high-quality executive education courses to senior military (O-5/6) and civilian officials (GS-14/15) 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 25 - March 8, 2019 (application deadline is January 28, 2019)

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

ESIA Vice Dean Ed McCord writes on the One China policy

June 22, 2017

In his article in The Diplomat, Dean McCord argues that "Taiwan’s interests (and the interests of the world) would be better served by a switch to a one China, dual recognition policy."

Jeremi Suri Reflects on Meaning of Memorial Day

May 30, 2017

Jeremi Suri, professor of History at University of Texas in Austin, writes about U.S. foreign affairs leadership on Memorial Day. Dr. Suri was a guest speaker at the NSSP Senior Manager Course in National Security Leadership in Spring 2017.

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. 

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)