The Eisenhower School accomplishes its educational mission with a rigorous curriculum designed to promote the development of students as strategic thinkers and national security policymakers. Our academic program includes courses in national security studies, economics, defense strategy and resourcing, acquisition, the global industrial base, and strategic leadership. These core courses are supplemented by a variety of elective courses and a vibrant student research program. Additionally, the school also offers concentration options, including the Senior Acquisition Course, as directed by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act of 1990, Long-Term Strategy, and Supply Chain Management. The curriculum includes a one-of-a-kind study of industry that requires the development of a strategic perspective on the U.S. and global industrial base and its role in supporting the resource requirements of national security.
The Eisenhower School core curriculum was first accredited by the CJCS in 1986 to satisfy the requirements for Joint Specialty Officer (JSO) education. The curriculum was also recertified in 1994, 2000, 2006, 2011 and 2017. The Eisenhower School is accredited by the CJCS as a Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase II senior-level college as established in the CJCS Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP) CJCSI 1800.01.
The Eisenhower School academic program is centered on the following four departments that provide faculty, subject matter expertise, curricula and classroom instruction in support of educating senior United States Government (military and civilian), foreign military, and selected private sector personnel:
Department of Defense Strategy, Acquisition, & Resourcing (DSAR):
Analyzing the military instrument of power from creating strategy to planning, organizing, training, equipping, sustaining, projecting, and decommissioning.
Department of National Security and Economic Policy (NSEP):
Analyzing the national security environment, primarily from political and economic lenses—theory, reality, trends, and strategies to manage risk/surprise.
Department of National Security and the Industrial Base (NSIB):
Synthesizing and exploring perspectives on government-private sector interaction from the shop floor up.
Department of Strategic Leadership (SL):
Strategic Leadership provides curricula and classroom instruction in support of educating senior U.S. government, foreign military, and selected private sector personnel in Strategic Leadership. The Strategic Leadership Department's mission is to educate and develop senior leaders to bring strategic thinking skills and innovative approaches to the challenges of transforming organizations and formulating and resourcing our future national security strategy. To achieve its mission, the department provides this school's Executive Assessment and Development Program (EADP), a core course on strategic leadership, and several electives that allow students to go into further depth on various leadership topics. Additionally, the department will sponsor several Commandant Lecture Series speakers on the topic of leadership and sponsor a panel discussion about Strategic Communication. The purpose of the strategic leadership course is to help students develop into innovative strategic thinkers and change agents who can create and lead agile organizations to attain and maintain a competitive advantage in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous strategic environment.