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The mission of the Department of National Security Affairs (NSA) is to deliver advanced education and research to promote the security of the United States and its allies, and enhance the effectiveness of the U.S. Navy. NSA brings an outstanding faculty of political scientists, historians, and economists together with students from all branches of the U.S. military, defense-related civilian agencies, and international officers in an engaging learning environment designed to deepen knowledge of regional and security affairs, while fostering critical thinking, intellectual independence, and a global perspective.

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The Department of National Security Affairs (NSA) offers fully accredited programs leading to the Master of Arts in Security Studies, as well as a Ph.D. program in Security Studies. In addition to specializing in traditional security domains such as nuclear proliferation, arms control, maritime strategy, interstate wars, insurgency, terrorism and homeland security, the NSA department conducts cutting edge research and education in the areas of cyber warfare, space politics, and energy and climate security.

The Department of National Security Affairs (NSA) provides top-level education from some of the best scholars in the country. 

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With the rise of China and the return of Russia to near-peer military status with the United States, the topic of renewed Great Power Competition (GPC) has moved to the forefront of U.S. defense concerns.  In 2019, in response to a request from N3/N5, the Department of National Security Affairs at NPS created a first-of-its-kind GPC overview course to educate NPS students and interested faculty and staff about critical challenges posed by China and Russia.

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR, DR. MARIA RASMUSSEN

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The Department of National Security Affairs (NSA) offers fully accredited programs leading to the Master of Arts in Security Studies, as well as a Ph.D. program in Security Studies. In addition to specializing in traditional security domains such as nuclear proliferation, arms control, maritime strategy, interstate wars, insurgency, terrorism and homeland security, the NSA department conducts cutting edge research and education in the areas of cyber warfare, space politics, and energy and climate security. 

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MGEN Ariel R Caculitan, NPS Alumus 2005
MGEN Ariel R Caculitan, an ’05 Naval Postgraduate School graduate was recently appointed the 33rd Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC).
MGEN Ariel R. Caculitan, NPS Alumnus

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Popular Dictatorships Crises, Mass Opinion, and the Rise of Electoral Authoritarianism

Electoral autocracies – regimes that adopt democratic institutions but subvert them to rule as dictatorships – have become the most widespread, resilient and malignant non-democracies today. They have consistently ruled over a third of the countries in the world, including geopolitically significant states like Russia, Turkey, Venezuela, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan. Challenging conventional wisdom, Popular Dictators shows that the success of electoral authoritarianism is not due to these regimes' superior capacity to repress, bribe, brainwash and manipulate their societies into submission, but is actually a product of their genuine popular appeal in countries experiencing deep pol

Russian Cyber Operations: Coding the Boundaries of Conflict

NPS National Security Affairs Senior Lecturer retired U.S. Navy Capt. Scott Jasper’s most recent book, “Russian Cyber Operations: Coding the Boundaries of Conflict,” examines Russia’s asymmetric arsenal and its use of hybrid and information warfare in order to formulate appropriate and effective response.

Maritime Strategy and Naval Innovation: Technology, Bureaucracy, and the Problem of Change in the Age of Competition

The essays in this book highlight the complexity of the phenomenon of innovation in navies.  Innovation requires imaginative leadership, an organizational intellectual architecture that encourages and accepts change, a grasp of the possibilities afforded by new technologies, and the ability of the organization to generalize innovation on a organization-wide basis.

The Routledge Handbook of Civil-Military Relations: Second Edition

This 2nd edition of The Routledge Handbook of Civil-Military Relations offers a wide-ranging, internationally focused overview of the field of civil-military relations. The handbook will be essential reading for students and practitioners in the fields of civil-military relations, defense studies, war and conflict studies, international security, and IR in general.