Program Objectives

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a unique, professionally-oriented graduate school offering a Master of Arts Degree in US national security. The DMGS program is specifically designed to support the professional development of aspiring, new, and mid-level professionals in government, the private sector, and in civil society who seek to advance and secure the interests and ideals of the nation.

The focus of this program is to enhance students’ historical, conceptual, and theoretical knowledge of skills necessary to develop strategy and policy; to develop the skills to diagnose contemporary and over-the-horizon threats and opportunities; and based on this diagnosis, to consider policy options and the integration of alternative capabilities which could be applied to ongoing security challenges and conflict melioration and resolution.

This includes the skills to anticipate the trends in the global environment; the short-and long-term aims, strategies, instruments and vulnerabilities of competitors; and to identify the resulting specific opportunities ―in a given region or globally―to advance US interests. The program will also cover US government organizational and institutional arrangements, and the authorities of individual agencies to implement policy. In addition, the tensions between national security policy and practices and liberal democracy will be considered – and how the US and other democracies have sought to reconcile them.

This program will also cover the functional utility of individual instruments, and integrated “whole of government” planning in regional geographic contexts, with particular emphasis on the non-kinetic capabilities of the other two DMGS programs – Intelligence and Information Operations.

Graduates of this degree program will be able to:

  • Identify contemporary and anticipated challenges to US security.
  • Identify, evaluate, and understand the complexities of formulating strategies in functional and regional contexts.

Identify the evolution of US institutional arrangements and assigned authorities, including how the US system has sought to reconcile the tensions between security and liberal democracy, and the particular relevance of the US experience for US security at home and abroad.

Program Chair

Dr. Steven Meyer is the National Security Program Chair at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS). He served 25 years in the Central Intelligence Agency as a senior intelligence analyst and manager. He specialized in European and Russian politics; nuclear weapons, security and defense issues; arms control enforcement; and psychological analysis. Read More

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