The National Defense University

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C. on historic Ft. McNair, the National Defense University is the premier institution for studies in national and international security strategy and leadership development.


Under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, five Colleges have united under one University, uniquely positioning NDU to effectively prepare military and civilian leaders from the United States and our partners in over 60 countries to serve as tomorrow’s decision and policy makers and to transition from operational to strategic responsibilities at the highest levels of government.


One of the few institutions where military, government, civilians and industry come together for joint, professional graduate education addressing global issues, NDU works to address complex and multilateral questions in a variety of diverse realms in a world where conventional methods of warfare have evolved and dynamic, geopolitical complexities are the norm.


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