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The Naval Postgraduate School prepares security practitioners for the emerging security environment and is developing Global Public Policy Master's and PhD-level programs in addition to the certificates and short courses currently offered.

The Global Public Policy Academic Group pioneers work at the intersection of globalization and security, incorporating new social science research on human behavior, finance, and institutions in conversation with natural science and engineering work on energy, health, and climate change. Security challenges now involve global structural dynamics, and new competencies are needed for strategic partnerships, leadership sense-making and improvisation. GPPAG faculty use real-world issues and problems to conduct applied research and deliver solutions that enhance global security and stability.

GPPAG's initial research conferences with top academics and policy makers have focused on scenario methods, models of globalization, and near term responses in Afghanistan. GPPAG convenes a forum of international partner institutions conducting research-informed education, and leads development of a complex operations case study series.

A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower notes: "preventing wars is as important as winning wars" and emphasizes the importance of long term relationships. Engaging in high-level cross-sector conversations breaks down disciplinary walls and creates a network of international partners to address current and future security challenges.

 "The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand... These now are the walls we must tear down." -President Barack Obama

GPPAG's multi-disciplinary faculty and access to the whole of the Naval Postgraduate School's extensive resources and knowledge combine to create a center of expertise and excellence in the areas of globalization, security, stability, and complex environments. This expertise gives GPPAG the ability to develop and deliver a variety of unique, tailored, and highly specialized best-in-class Certificate programs designed to meet the needs of our sponsors.

Certificate in Stability, Security, and Development in Complex Operations

The Stability, Security, and Development in Complex Operations (SSDCO) Certificate Course consists of three courses delivered in hybrid residence status.

  • Phase one of the certificate involves distributed learning over a six-week period.
  • Phase two entails four weeks of intensive in-residence course work.

The program content and projects challenges the student academically and addresses problems of interest to the DoD with specific emphasis on the challenges of civil-military relations and human dynamics.

Sponsored by USACAPOC, the purpose of the Stability, Security, and Development in Complex Operations certificate program is to provide a professional education program to the civil affairs community focusing on the relevant, requisite skills identified by the Department of Defense, as necessary for implementing irregular warfare on a global scale. NPS faculty have studied post-9/11 shifts in operational environments and adaptations in the various civil affairs doctrines, force structure, training, and deployments. This program develops a conceptual framework for analyzing key civil affairs and psychological operations and provides graduate level education to Army Reserve officers in order to enhance their effectiveness as they plan and execute complex operations. The program aims to capture civil affairs and psychological operations operational and tactical innovations, and resulting lessons. The program is open to USMC and USN Civil Affairs Officers. 

The program objectives include the following:

  • Develop understanding of stability, security and development in the global environment
  • Provide certification for leaders and practitioners of complex operations
  • Compare cases / develop analogical reasoning
  • Provide assessment / planning tools for integrated / complex missions
  • Enable connections across boundaries (sectoral / actor / national) for learning and operations
  • Foster ability to develop strategies in field
  • Capture knowledge base and build scenarios / lessons

The 12-credit certificate (now in ATRRS) is made up of three courses, four graduate hour credits each:

Program Timeline
RequirementTimelineStatusRemarks
Pre-course3 weeksAdministrationCourse preparation and student selection
Phase 16 weeksDistributedEstimated 12 hours of pre-reading, short biographical essay and short introduction session with instructor
Phase 24 weeksIn residence3 courses, 4 graduate hour credits
Completion2 weeksAdministrationCompletion of academic evaluation reports and grades


Resources:
SSDCO Certificate Course Schedule (PDF)

Learn more about GPPAG Courses and Certificate Programs:
NPS Academic Catalog

Certificate in Civil Military and Rule of Law

The goal of this certificate program is to provide Civil Affairs and Military Information Support Operations practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed in order to provide effective support to rule of law missions in a variety of operational environments. The three courses comprising the program are integrated in order to educate students on the rule of law at all levels, including international conventions, national and regional legal systems, and local governance and traditional rule of law mechanisms.

The program is sponsored by USACAPOC 351st Civil Affairs Command.

The next iteration will be in the spring of 2013. Dates for FY14 are TBD. The 12-credit certificate is made up of three courses, four graduate hour credits each:

  • GP3110 Legitimacy, Law, Law and Society
  • GP3210 Comparative Legal Systems
  • GP3310 Public Order and Accountability


Resources:
Rule of Law Curriculum Development Report (PDF)

 

Program Timeline
RequirementTimelineStatusRemarks
Pre-course3 weeksAdministrationCourse preparation and student selection
Phase 18 weeksDistributedEstimated 12 hours of pre-reading, short biographical essay and short introduction session with instructor
Phase 22 weeksIn residence3 courses, 4 graduate hour credits
Completion2 weeksAdministrationCompletion of academic evaluation reports and grades

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