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    Welcome to the National Security Studies Website

    "I just want to say I have attended approximately six "General Officer Courses" sponsored by the National Guard Bureau at Harvard (3), University of Tennessee, George Washington University, and the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany.  Your NSS course at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University is the finest and most rewarding of all I have attended.  Administrative support, quality and knowledge of presenters, food and beverage, social events, and genuine caring for your course and your students.  Simply the best!"
    --NSMC 2015 Participant



    National Securities Studies (NSS) is a premier professional development program that offers executive education courses for senior civilian and military leaders who are responsible for the national security interests of their respective organizations. NSS was founded in 1996 and is headquartered at top ranked Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in New York.


    National Security Leadership and Management Courses, Seminars, and Case Studies

    The National Security Management Course (NSMC) is a premiere two-week resident course of instruction held at Syracuse University and the keynote event of the NSS program.  The course explores the wide range of emerging management challenges facing domestic and international security professionals.  The NSMC accomplishes that mission through stimulating instruction, discussions, simulations and case studies.  

    NSS can bring condensed versions of the NSMC to organizations around the world. These seminars usually last 1 or 2 days and are customized to address the unique requirements of a particular group.

    NSS also offers an extensive cadre of forward thinking speakers, case studies, exercises, and simulations. NSS can host these events at Syracuse University, or arrange to send them to your location.


    Personal and Professional Development = Career Advancement

    Participants in the class who satisfactorily complete the course receive an executive certificate in national security management and many federal, state, and local agencies count the NSMC toward their continuing education and promotion requirements.


    Featured Article

    MOAA Cover

    NSS Director Bill Smullen is seen here in 1991 with General Colin L.
    Powell then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Smullen served as
    Special Assistant to the General during his four years as Chairman and
    then another nine years as his Chief of Staff  following their
    retirement in 1993.

    NSS Literature

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