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    NEXT COURSE: April 19th - May 1st, 2020

    "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

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    National Security 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 premier 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 equals 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.

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    Note- Participants may now be eligible to pay for the course via the GI Bill.

    For NSMC 2020 Information, please go to the "Courses" tab

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    Maxwell School graduates its largest National Security Studies class

    The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the National Security Studies Program welcomed the largest class to the National Security Management Course in its 23-year history. Over 60 participants from the military and civilian sectors gathered for a two-week executive educational experience from April 22 to May 3.


    Smullen discusses Trump-Putin meeting on WAER

    Bill Smullen, director of the National Security Studies program, was interviewed for the WAER segment "Syracuse National Security Expert says Tougher Tone Needed Against Putin After Missed Opportunity." Smullen says President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Putin was a missed opportunity and caused damage that could impact this and other countries.


    Smullen weighs in on US attacks against Syria on WSYR-TV

    William Smullen, director of the National Security Studies program, was interviewed for the WSYR-TV segment "Local national security expert weighs in on US attacks against Syria." Smullen says the attacks likely won't change anything in Syria, and that these attacks will create more conflict as more parties became involved.


    Smullen talks to Syracuse.com about effective leadership

    William Smullen, director of the National Security Studies program, was featured in the Syracuse.com article "Bill Smullen on leadership: Inspire people by letting them know that you care about them." "How do you inspire people? You do that by taking care of them," says Smullen. "By having them know that you are going to look out for them."


    Smullen quoted in Financial Times article on fired secretary of state

    William Smullen was interviewed for the Financial Times article "Rex Tillerson: Tough Texan who failed to connect with Washington." Regarding Tillerson’s proposed replacement, Mike Pompeo, Smullen says he would need to restore the morale of "an agency that has been in despair for much of the ad ministration."

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