About the course
National Security Management prepares senior executives in military, civilian, and commercial enterprises to participate with confidence in the formulation and execution of national security strategies. It does this by delivering to students lecture-discussions from a world-class faculty of experts; engaging students in an intensive crisis simulation exercise; and immersing students with in the development of a practical strategy that addresses a contemporary national security challenge.
Each of the first 10 sessions explores a building block of national security management by a combination of keynote addresses and panel discussions with the class:
- The Next Global Order
- National Defense Strategy
- Net Assessment
- The Discipline of Strategy
- Soft Power
- The Future of Defense
- Great Powers
- Acquisition Management
- Leadership for National Security
The on-campus component will focus on three objectives :
"In the Arena", first-hand accounts of national security leadership case-studies "Operation Old Believer", a crisis simulation wargame "The Marshall Maxim", a study-group exercise to articulate the "right question" that unlocks a strategic challenge
National Security Studies (NSS) is a premier professional development program for senior civilian and military executives in both the public and private sectors. The curriculum of this executive education program will include topics of foreign policy, intelligence, terrorism/counterterrorism, management, leadership, homeland security, global economics, and trouble spots around the world, to an array of current challenges facing the nation. This course will specifically focus on a wide spectrum of leader development competencies.
The Maxwell School of Syracuse University has provided this program to participants since 1996 with a concentration on developing management, leadership, and decision-making competencies. This is done in the form of a two-week management course conducted each spring at Syracuse University. The National Security Studies Program offers a unique curriculum designed for each course at which distinguished guest speakers and members of the Syracuse University faculty interact with participants in the form of lectures, extended discussions, case studies, and simulations. The goal of the program is to address lessons of history and issues of contemporary relevance to national security.
NSS is a fully accredited OPM executive development program that is included for credit as a developmental opportunity as part of the SES Candidate Development Programs. NSS is recognized for credit by the Department of Defense, DOD Agencies, the Military Departments, and other Federal Agencies to whom the program has been opened. The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is an accredited institution of higher learning, and the NSS program is a recognized and qualified Executive Leadership Program within the school. An NSS participant is eligible for graduate credit if he/she completes our two-week National Security Management Course, then pursues three credits by submitting an approved topic in the form of a written paper.
The three credits are awarded through the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School, a top-ranked school of public administration in the nation. The Department and School are members of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), a recognized professional body that reviews and accredits graduate degree programs in public administration. Additionally, Syracuse University is a member of the Middle State Association (MSA), a regional academic accreditation organization.
During the time the program has resided at Syracuse University, over 2,000 people have participated in the NSS program. Each has received a Certificate of Completion signed by the Maxwell Dean and the Program Director.
Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy Degree Ph.D., Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York, 1999 Specialties Public and nonprofit management, gov...
Currently the Director of Executive Education at the Maxwell School, Steve is responsible for overseeing the School’s mid-career graduate degree programs (roughly 150 full and part-time students from thirty countries around the world) and developing and managing various executive management train...
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