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Under the guidance of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), the Eisenhower School
Commandant and faculty prepare senior military officers, government civilians, and selected
representatives from the private sector and international officers for the national security challenges of
the 21st century.
To accomplish this, the human resources supporting the college endeavor to recruit faculty of the
highest quality, capable of strategic conceptualization and evaluation, and able to translate that vision
into an effective educational program; and staff capable of dedication and initiative in supporting the
college's educational mission, the effective execution of administrative processes, and maintaining an
overall high-quality learning environment for the students.
As well, the Eisenhower School supports and encourages advanced research in national
security strategy, resources management, joint logistics, and acquisition initiatives. It promotes the
physical and mental health and well-being of its students, staff, and faculty. The Eisenhower School
also strives to provide its students, faculty, and staff state-of-the-art technology to support mission
accomplishment. Finally, The Eisenhower School seeks to provide an environment that reflects NDU
and Eisenhower School values.
The Eisenhower School is part of the Senior Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) system (also known as the "War College" system) designed to prepare those senior military officers identified as having the potential for advancement to flag/general officer, and senior U.S. government (USG) civilians from many Federal agencies having the potential for advancement to the Ambassadorial or Senior Executive Service (SES) levels for positions at the strategic policy level.
The faculty is composed of military officers from all five Services and civilian academics who are experts in their fields. Military faculty normally hold the rank of colonel/captain and are highly qualified subject matter experts with specialized experience. Civilian faculty, who typically hold doctorates or the equivalent, include full-time academicians, state department representatives, and visiting professors from selected federal agencies.
The Commandant of this school is a one-star general or flag officer appointed by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and responsible to the President of the National Defense University. The Department of State nominates a Foreign Service officer with ambassadorial rank to serve as the Commandant's International Adviser. The Commandant is advised on curriculum and faculty issues by a Dean of Faculty. The Dean of Students / Chief of Staff handles student affairs and organizational matters.