The Eisenhower School provides core and concentration programs to broaden student knowledge in National Security topics. These topics cover a wide range of themes that impact National Security but would be missed without intermediate or advanced schooling.

The Long-term Strategy electives concentration not only provides students an opportunity to learn about how to evaluate and assess the strategic implications of the trends shaping the future security environment, but requires them to think seriously about the link between long-term strategy and defense investments. In an intense academic environment, it focuses on student competencies development with an emphasis on:

  • The appraisal of military balances
  • Strategic (long-term) defense planning methodologies
  • The application of “competitive strategies” concepts (functional and investment categories) to strategy development and defense investments
  • The assessment of Asian defense markets dynamics, in the context of military technology diffusion trends
  • Cross-disciplinary approaches to strategy development and resourcing (international affairs, business strategy, and technology)

The geographic focus of the program is the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

A major element in the Eisenhower School curriculum is the study of the resources component of national security. This is largely undertaken within the Industry Studies Program. This Program provides graduates a framework to apply analytical techniques in assessing the state and relevance of a selected economic-industrial sector to national security.

The objectives of the Industry Studies Program include:

  1. Develop a capability to analyze industry from a strategic national security perspective in terms of both the "general welfare" and the national defense in normal and crisis conditions;
  2. Develop a comparative analyses of U.S. and international participants in selected industries in both defense and non-defense environments in terms of their contribution to national and international economic and defense policies; and
  3. Develop a capability to analyze the role and effect of public policy on national security as well as economic and industrial crisis preparedness.

The Eisenhower School has been designated by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics to conduct the Senior Acquisition Course for selected students as part of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). The Senior Acquisition Course is the preeminent course for members of the Acquisition Corps. The course is designed to prepare selected military officers and civilians for senior leadership and staff positions throughout the acquisition community.

Supply Chain Management is a driving force behind America's economic growth and prosperity and Defense Logistics. It is important to understand the critical role supply chains play in supporting American industry and national security.


  • To develop a broader understanding of integrated logistics systems.
  • To prepare students with the skills to take Supply Chain Management concepts and practices and apply them in DoD's Logistics Transformation.

Beginning with a memo to the President of NDU in June 2009, CJCS, Admiral Michael Mullen, sought assistance in developing expertise to support US efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan among senior US and foreign military officers. In accordance with the first memo, CJCS established the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hand Program in August 2009 to develop "a cohort of experts who speak the local language, are culturally attuned, and are focused on the problem for an extended period of time". Further, Admiral Mullen spoke at a meeting of the NDU Board of Visitors in November 2009 emphasizing the need for the University to place its intellectual resources more directly in support of the ongoing war effort.