Welcome to the Information Resources Management (IRM) College. The college is located at the National Defense University (NDU) on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC and is Metro accessible.
For additional information on our course availability, please email our Registrar or call 202-685-6300.
Visit us at:
Fort Lesley J. McNair
300 5th Avenue, Building 62
Washington, DC 20319
Fort McNair is located about one-half mile from the Washington Metro’s Waterfront station on the Green Line. Leaving the station, cross Maine Avenue and walk south down 4th Street for three blocks until it ends and, turning left, becomes P Street SW. The Fort McNair main gate will be plainly visible on the immediate right.
From Virginia(West) via I-66:
Follow Route 66 toward Washington, D.C., and take the Independence Avenue exit which goes along the Tidal Basin. Follow the signs for Maine Avenue. Stay straight on Maine; the waterfront and fish market are on your right. Maine Avenue becomes M Street near Arena Stage which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Metro and Waterside Mall is on the left) and continue two blocks until it ends and becomes P Street SW. Immediately after turning left on P Street, the Fort McNair main gate will be plainly visible on the right. Visitors must enter Fort McNair through the 2d Street gate which is two blocks down from the main gate, turn right on 2d Street, and the gate is on the right.
From Alexandria or Maryland via Woodrow Wilson Bridge:
On the Maryland side of the Wilson Bridge, take Route 295 north towards Washington, D.C. Exit at South Capitol Street. Go over the bridge, staying in the right lane. Bear to the right at the Nationals Stadium, avoiding the underpass, and turn left on to M Street at the light onto M Street (this takes you over South Capitol Street). Turn left at the light on 2d Street to go to the visitors gate or left at the light at 4th Street to go the main gate.
Follow the Capitol Beltway (I-495 or I-95) to the Baltimore-Washington (B-W) Parkway exit. Proceed Southbound on the B-W Parkway. As you near Washington, the B-W Parkway will become I-295 South, turning to the left. Continue on I-295 to the Suitland Parkway exit. Exit at the Suitland Parkway and then immediately exit on to I-295 Northbound. After joining I-295 North, immediately exit at the South Capitol Street exit. Proceed across the South Capitol Street Bridge, staying to the right. Bear right coming off the bridge (at the Nationals Stadium), avoiding the underpass, and turn left on to M Street SW at the traffic light. Turn left at the light on 2d Street to go to the visitors gate or left at the light at 4th Street to go the main gate.
From Northwest D.C.:
From Constitution Avenue, going east towards the Capitol, turn right on 7th Street which will bring you to Maine Avenue (Waterfront is straight ahead). Turn left on Maine Avenue at the traffic light. Follow Maine Avenue which becomes M Street near Arena Stage on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Metro and Waterside Mall is on the left) and continue two blocks until it ends and becomes P Street SW. Immediately after turning left on P Street, the Fort McNair main gate will be plainly visible on the right. Visitors must enter Fort McNair through the 2d Street gate which is two blocks down from the main gate, turn right on 2d Street, and the gate is on the right.
Marine Pedestrian/Coast Guard Gate
Effective Monday, February 11th, 2013, the Marine Pedestrian gate on Fort McNair - also referred as the ICAF gate OR Coast Guard Gate - will operate electronically. This is a change to the status, as the old procedures had a guard who would check people in. This is being discontinued. Those taking the Coast Guard shuttle and walking over to Fort McNair should pay particular attention.
EVERYONE who passes through the gate must have the capability of opening the gate electronically using the NDU badge via the card reader located at the gate. New students to campus who do not have an NDU badge yet will have to enter through the main Visitor Gate on 2 ND St NW, check in on campus to get their NDU badge and will then be able to use the other gate per procedures below.
NO PIGGYBACKING IS AUTHORIZED . There will be an assigned Police Officer at the gate observing and having oversight ensuring that NO ONE tailgates. Procedurally, this will require some discipline and patience by everyone. For example: You walk to the gate, place your NDU badge to the reader and the gate will open (release the lock). Once you walk in or out, each one is responsible to ensure that the gate closes and locks. The courtesy of keeping the gate open for the next person to walk through will NOT be authorized. The Police Officer having oversight will ensure that it does not happen.
The hours of operation for the gate will remain the same: 0600 to 1800hrs, Monday through Friday. The gate will be locked during weekends and Federal holidays.