Additional Resources

  • Defense Travel System: Training required prior to first time creation of a travel authorization (CAC required) 

  • DoD SAFEA DOD enterprise-wide method of securely transferring UNCLASSIFIED, FOUO and large files

  • IT GuidanceFor NDU's Bring-Your-Own-Device environment

  • Privacy Program: Guidance on data usage, transmitting sensitive info, and NDU's privacy compliance














Welcome Class of 2023!

It's a pleasure to welcome you to National Defense University's Class of 2023. You will find the year ahead to be professionally and personally rewarding. During your time here, you will be interacting with colleagues from across the U.S. interagency as well as with our many International Fellows as we embrace a mixture of people, cultures, and ideas. Our world-class faculty and staff are committed to providing you an inclusive learning environment that is intellectually challenging and academically rigorous -- this is a unique opportunity for you to study, reflect, and hone your abilities as a strategic thinker and leader across many disciplines. 

As an in-residence institution, we have smartly and safely combined in-person instruction and engagement with the very successful virtual learning environment we have adopted over the last two academic years. We seek to merge the best of in-person and virtual academic delivery into a flexible hybrid model that can rapidly adapt to changing health protection conditions as warranted, while continuing to provide you with the same superb quality of education for which the "University of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff" is renowned. 

Finally, I encourage you to visit this webpage often, as we are constantly updating and adding key information to help you make a smooth transition to your new assignment. 

We look forward to your arrival and we are excited about accompanying you on your educational journey during the upcoming academic year. 

Sincerely Yours,

All Students Must Complete Cybersecurity Requirements

Access to NDU information systems is predicated on user compliance with DoD/NDU cybersecurity regulations. No student will receive access to any NDU system until the student has accurately, fully and verifiably completed all mandatory DoD/NDU cybersecurity requirements. See the following program-specific web pages for cybersecurity compliance instructions and forms:

For questions about NDU's technology and computing environment, please contact the ITD Service Desk at (202) 685-3824.

COVID Guidance

Please note that masks are required at the Fort McNair campus for Student In-processing (1 Aug), Orientation (2 Aug), and the Electives Fair (10 Aug). Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Masks will be optional for Convocation (2 Aug) if held outdoors, and mandatory if Convocation moves indoors due to inclement weather.

Mask-wearing indoors at NDU facilities at Fort McNair and NSA Hampton Roads is currently OPTIONAL (*see note above), unless you have been exposed to—or are recovering from—COVID. Individuals may still choose to wear a mask. If you have been exposed to or are recovering from COVID, our Health & Fitness team can advise you on mask-wearing requirements. This guidance applies to all military personnel, civilian employees, on-site contractors, temporarily assigned personnel, and visitors on board any DoD installation or facility.

All other force health protection measures remain in place, to include: physical distancing of 3 feet (6 feet if unvaccinated), and room occupancy percentages (currently 80%). We will continue to review our University health status at the weekly NDU COVID update. 

Please review the following documents:

NDU is dedicated to providing traditional classroom instruction to the maximum extent feasible. Accommodations for academic instruction are constantly changing as Federal and local guidelines are updated, and it will affect the delivery of the curriculum accordingly. Please check this website often.

If you have been physically present on the NDU campus and have subsequently begun experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or been notified that you have come into contact with someone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, please immediately:

  1. Complete form DD3112, "Personnel Accountability and Assessment Notification for a Public Health Emergency";
  2. Send the form via encrypted email to NDU’s Health and Fitness Directorate at; and,
  3. Call NDU's Health and Fitness Directorate at (202) 685-2791, and alert them them that you have sent the form via encrypted email.