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Press Release | Aug. 9, 2013

National Defense University Begins New Academic Year


Contact: Daniel Magalotti

Acting Public Affairs Officer

National Defense University


(Washington DC) The National Defense University (NDU) will begin its academic year on 9 August 2013 at its annual university-wide Convocation to welcome new classes for each of its five colleges. NDU President Army Major General Gregg F. Martin will welcome the students while also introducing General Richard Myers, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who will serve as the keynote speaker. NDU will have approximately 672 full-time master’s students in the Class of 2014, in addition many other students enrolled in shorter courses. More than 400 of these students come from the United States Military, while the remainder includes 161 American civilians and 105 international officers and civilians.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (Eisenhower School, or ES) Class of 2014, which will begin its classes next week, will include more than 300 students, including over 90 civilians from various agencies and 28 international officers from 25 countries. Additionally, there will be 5 Industry Fellows representing Boeing, Georgia Tech, IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Mitsubishi. Also starting its program next week is the National War College (NWC), which this year has about 200 students. NWC Class of 2014 features more than 45 civilians and 31 international officers from 30 countries. Students from both courses will attend the university convocation on 9 August.

In addition to the ten month in-residence programs at ES and NWC, three different programs at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA) begin in early September. The International Counterterrorism Fellows Program will include about 60 students, of which 41 are from outside the United States. Furthermore, the South and Central Asia Program will have about 20 students in the Class of 2014. Both courses will begin on 9 August. Finally, at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School on Fort Bragg, 38 commissioned and non-commissioned officers will begin a master’s program in Strategic Security Studies. Convocation for the Fort Bragg program will be on 5 September.

At Joint Forces Staff College at NDU’s south campus in Norfolk, Virginia, Commandant Rear Admiral John “Boomer” Smith hosted the college’s convocation on 1 August, during which he inaugurated a new class of the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS). The JAWS course is an eleven month in-residency program that has about 40 students in each class. JFSC also currently has a Joint and Combined Warfighting School class currently in session that will finish near the end of August.

In contrast to the more traditional in-residence programs, NDU’s Information Resources Management College (iCollege) features a number of online and blended courses that focus on information technology management and secure information dominance within cyberspace. The iCollege’s 14 week Advanced Management Program will begin its 47th class on 9 September.

NDU is the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint warfighter education, leader development, and scholarship. The University provides rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world. For more information about the National Defense University, please contact: Daniel Magalotti, Acting Public Affairs Officer, at 202-685-3140 or; or visit