The mission of the Defense Analysis Department is simple: to foster critical thinking skills and specialized knowledge needed for waging and prevailing in today’s complex conflicts — and those to come.
- Put Irregular Warfare on the map for DoD; Joint Staff recognized DA as “center of gravity” in IW education
- Interpreted the strategic implications of the information revolution for defense strategy and military operations
- Brought networks and network analysis/science to the forefront of DoD education; leading academic center on dark networks
- Create a hub for thinking and educating about strategic design
- Combat-proven student body from all services
- Significant international presence – over 25% of program
- Purposefully-developed, cross-disciplinary faculty
- Emphasis on student research through thesis or capstone project
- Respected, valued research lab and centers
- Rapid response to curricular reviews
- Continuous engagement with services and the Academy
- Core-and-track system gives breadth and depth to our curricula
The Information Strategy & Political Warfare curriculum focuses on the strategic and operational dimensions of information—relative to the use of force—as an instrument of statecraft. Graduates will be able to develop information strategies to support military action by taking advantage of information technology, exploiting the growing worldwide dependence on automated information systems, and capitalizing on the near real time global dissemination of information to affect an adversary’s decision cycles—all with the goal of achieving information superiority. This capability is dependent upon students acquiring a thorough understanding of the enduring nature of war.
The Special Operations and Irregular Warfare curriculum provides a focused curriculum of instruction in irregular warfare. Courses address counterinsurgency, terrorism and counterterrorism, unconventional warfare, information operations, and other "high leverage" operations in U.S. defense and foreign policy. The core program also provides a strong background in strategic analysis, decision modeling, organization theory, and formal analytical methods.
Centers and Labs
Defense Analysis hosts DoD’s IO Center for Research.
- Sponsored by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
- Tracks of Study Include Cyber and Intelligence
- TS/SCI – Intel Support to Field Operations
- Research Contributions: Cyber Analogies (CYBERCOM); Ethics of Cyberwar (National Science Foundation); Special Journal Issue on Intelligence and Terrorism (ASD/SOLIC)
DoD’s Premier Academic Network Analysis Lab.
- Fuses Relational, Geospatial, and Temporal Data to Illuminate Dark Networks
- Leading Research Center on Social Media Exploitation, e.g., ISIS Study (SOCOM/Joint Staff/SOCCENT)
Defense Analysis is helping to build the Global Network.
- 18-Month Programs for US Joint and International Communities--Officer, Enlisted, and Govt Civilians
- Provides unique IW and IO-focused Education
- Teach at both Classified and Unclassified Levels
- Leader in Strategic Gaming