The NDU Foundation creates innovative and engaging partnerships that support the educational and research initiatives of National Defense University. In collaboration with faculty, we facilitate programs addressing national security, counterterrorism, cyber security, ethics and leadership, globalism, veteran and military affairs, and entrepreneurship.


American Patriot Award


Held annually, the American Patriot Award recognizes exceptional leaders who dedicate their lives to enhancing human security and global stability.

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Regional National Security Forums:

Our Regional National Security Forums are held away from the NDU Washington D.C. campus and provide engagement outreach opportunities to the Nation on matters of public policy related to defense and national security issues.

Breakfast Briefings

The National Defense University Foundation’s Breakfast Briefings Program features experts at the National Defense University, Capitol Hill, Congressional Members, and senior military leaders sharing insights in the areas of domestic and international policy, national security and foreign affairs.

Lecture Series

The Changing Character of War Series is an ongoing national security and strategy lecture series facilitated by the Institute for National Strategic Studies and the National Defense University Foundation. The series focuses on how the character of war is dramatically changing, particularly through an accelerating pace of technological advances even with the nature of war remaining constant.  

Academic Chairs

The Colin L. Powell Chair for National Security Leadership, Character and Ethics is established at the National Defense University Foundation for the preservation and advancement of the highest standards of leadership, character and ethics in service of the democratic values of the United States of America and free societies throughout the world.   

Defense Matters Podcast

“Defense Matters” highlights the work, research, expertise & best practices of NDU faculty and visiting experts on a broad spectrum of key national security issues. Defense Matters allows us to develop content that keeps outside individuals, organizations, and companies informed and engaged in the work and expertise of NDU.

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Industry Day

The NDU Foundation gives organizations and corporations the opportunity to visit the National Defense University and participate in briefings on what the University is currently focusing on academically and what work is being done within the realm of national security. These briefings provide synergistic information exchange opportunities.

International Fellows

International Fellows Initiatives provide cultural programs for our more than 120 senior foreign military fellows and their families impacting NDU’s goal of public diplomacy through military educational exchange.

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