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The National Security Management (NSM) course develops senior executives of
military, government, and industry organizations to perform confidently in
roles for which in-depth knowledge of national security affairs is essential. The
syllabus of the course (see attached from Fall 2021) involves a mix of keynote
addresses, case-studies, lectures, and practical exercises addressing key issues in national security—global trends, grand strategy, programs and budgets,
institutions, technology, regional studies, et al. Graduates of NSM at Syracuse
join a distinguished cadre of over 2,000 alumni who form a powerful network of
leaders in US national security affairs.
The Spring 2022 NSM
course, 60 instructional hours in total, will be delivered in the following two
Each of the five online sessions, in Phase I, explores a building block of
national security affairs by a combination of lectures and panel discussions addressing:
o The Global
and Net Assessment
Throughout the course, participants will work in small groups with a Maxwell School faculty member to understand and formulate strategies to surmount emerging national security challenges, such as:
intelligence and autonomous systems
operations and information warfare
and climate change
Phase II, on-campus, includes activities:
o "In the Arena," first-hand accounts of national security leadership case-studies
o "Operation Old Believer," a crisis simulation wargame
o "Human Capital," a leadership-training exercise
“Outstanding course overall. The quality of presenters and topics were second to none. As the course progressed, when I didn't think it could get better another great session would follow." — 2021 NSM Alumni
“Very much appreciated the high-quality speakers and the extremely talented peers that were involved in this course. Well worth my time and my agency's investment.” — 2021 NSM Alumni
Reserve your seat in the Spring 2022 Course
The course is geared to the needs of senior executives-flag and general officers of the military, SES civilians, and senior and executive vice presidents in commercial enterprises. However, those at the ranks of O-6/GS-15 and their commercial equivalents may also apply. Enrollment is limited.
The program fee is
$9,000. It covers tuition, curricular materials, housing, meals, and course-related
transportation. Participants will be responsible for expenses associated with
transportation to/from Syracuse University. Payment for the course is due before April 27,
2022, the first day of class.
Participants will be awarded
a Maxwell executive certificate upon the successful completion of the course. Those who wish to earn academic credit for participation in the NSM course may do so by completing an independent-study assignment which complements the course syllabus.
“The single best short (1-2 weeks) professional development course I've taken.” — 2020 NSM Alumni
“This is my third executive education experience as a General
officer and it is by far the BEST! From the incredible instruction, dynamic
speakers, to the logistics and organization, it is obvious to me that much work
and effort went into putting on this class.” — 2019 NSM Alumni
“Thank you for creating this amazing program and the opportunity
to meet so many other senior leaders. This is hands-down the most well thought
out and professional course I have attended.” — 2019 NSM Alumni
This is an unclassified executive development program, and all presentations, comments, and discussions among peers, staff, faculty, and guest speakers are not for attribution.
Class participants will formally register for this course. As a registered Syracuse University student, you will have access
to many University’s resources, both virtually and when on campus. Our staff looks forward to working with you one-on-one, to assist you in discovering resources, providing guidance and support ahead of the course start, and throughout the entire program.
Online there are several services and applications available to you. The NSM course uses Office 365 , primarily MS Teams and
SharePoint, to deliver course content and host virtual weekly meetings. SUMail
accounts are also provided, utilizing Microsoft's cloud services.
All class participants will have access to Syracuse
Libraries, throughout the entire
course, both virtually and in person.
When on campus, you will have access to campus fitness and
The program fee covers the cost of all ground transportation to and from course-related events. Program participants, or their sponsoring agency, are responsible for the total cost and arrangements for transportation to and from Syracuse, New York.
You will stay at the Sheraton University Hotel and Conference Center, just a five-minute walk from the Maxwell School, where the majority of your classes will be held. Once you register for the course, we will secure your reservation at the Hotel.
The program fee covers all lodging expenses and meals, the majority of which will be served either in private hotel dining facilities or catered on campus. Telephone charges and miscellaneous expenses such as room service, alcoholic beverages, movies, or dry cleaning are your own personal obligations.
The Sheraton Hotel offers free wifi and high-speed ethernet access.
9:00am - 12:00pm Program Sessions and Activities Lunch Break2:00pm - 5:00pm Program Sessions and Activities6:00pm - 8:00 pm Variation of informal and formal dinners on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
Weather in upstate New York in June can be unpredictable but is
most often warm and dry. Please visit our local news webpage for the most updated forecast.
Steven GrundmanProgram Managersgrundma@syr.edu
Susan VirgilAssistant Director, NSSsmvirgil@maxwell.syr.eduPhone: 315-391-7721
David Van SlykeCo-director, NSSDean, Maxwell School
Steve LuxCo-director, NSSDirector, Executive Education