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  • National Security Studies

  • National Security Management (Spring 2022)                        April 27 - June 10, 2022

    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 phases:

    • Phase I: The course is delivered online at 1:00pm– 5:00pm (EDT) every Wednesday from April 27 to May 25,  2022. There are five weekly sessions altogether.
    • Phase II: The course is delivered in-person on the campus of Syracuse University from Saturday,  June 4, through noon on Friday, June 10.    

    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 Order

    o    Strategy and Net Assessment

    o    Hard Power

    o    Soft Power

    o    Great Powers

    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: 

    o    Artificial intelligence and autonomous systems

    o    Information operations and information warfare

    o    Sustainability 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

  • Frequently Asked Questions 

    Non-Attribution Policy

    This is an unclassified executive development program, and all presentations, comments, and discussions among peers, staff, faculty, and guest speakers are not for attribution.

    University Resources

    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 workout facilities.

    FAQ for on-campus phase:


    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.

    Daily Schedule 

    9:00am - 12:00pm        Program Sessions and Activities
                                                       Lunch Break
    2:00pm - 5:00pm           Program Sessions and Activities
    6:00pm - 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.

  • NSS Staff

  • Steve Grundman

    Steven Grundman
    Program Manager

    Sue Virgil

    Susan Virgil
    Assistant Director, NSS
    Phone: 315-391-7721 

    David Van Slyke

    David Van Slyke
    Co-director, NSS
    Dean, Maxwell School

    Steve Lux

    Steve Lux
    Co-director, NSS
    Director, Executive Education

Executive Education Programs
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Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
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