The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

National Security, Intelligence and Managing Disruption and Violence (MDV) for the 21st Century

This certificate program has been crafted as a short, intensive introduction for non-U.S. citizens who are interested in investigating the challenges to national security and roles played by intelligence and information in the contemporary international environment. The students will be introduced to contemporary theories, practices, and problems of modern national security as well as the most up-to-date intelligence programs and techniques in addition to the uses and abuses of information as an instrument of policy.

The underlying assumption of this program is that national security, intelligence, and communications in the 21st century are more complex, complicated, and far-reaching than they were in the 20th century. Certainly, the challenges we faced in the 20th century—state-on-state issues, terrorism, etc.—are important and relevant today.  But, now we also face an entirely new panoply of issues, such as challenges from non-state actors, pandemics, environmental degradation (including climate change), etc.

Upon completion of this course, students will be armed with the historical context, specialist information, and analytic skills that will help them move to the next level in the complex arena of national security.

Certificate Learning Objectives

Upon completing this certificate course, students will be able to:

  • Understand, analyze and evaluate the fundamental theoretical and practical foundations of national security, intelligence, and managing disruption and violence.
  • Understand, analyze, and evaluate major challenges to national security.
  • Assess, analyze, and evaluate the utility of modern intelligence and information techniques in meeting national security challenges.
  • Enhance analytical, oral, and written communications skills.