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Our mission is simple: to foster critical thinking skills and specialized knowledge needed for waging and prevailing in today’s complex conflicts — and those to come.

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The Department of Defense Analysis is home to two very unique and highly respected graduate programs the USSOCOM-sponsored Special Operations and Irregular Warfare (SO/IW) program, and the USDP-sponsored Information Strategy and Political Warfare curriculum. 

The Department of Defense Analysis is home to two very unique and highly respected graduate programs both programs feature an interdisciplinary faculty representing a wide range of academic and operational specialties.

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Department of Defense Analysis
(Code DA)
589 Dyer Rd , Room 214
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey , CA


Welcome to the Defense Analysis Department (DA) at the Naval Postgraduate School. Our traditional motto is, “train for certainty, educate for uncertainty.” In short, educating students is the most important activity we do. Our central focus is preparing our students to perform exceptionally well as leaders in the world they will face after graduation, both in their next assignments, and also for a lifetime.

First and foremost, as a graduate school, NPS inverts the common educational paradigm. At NPS and DA , faculty members contribute to the latest developments in their chosen disciplines, but our focus is on the development of human capital: our students. Bottom line difference: at NPS the faculty work for the students, and all of us together pursue the core national security mission.

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