The School of International Graduate Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School: Building Partnership Capacity through International Military Education and Training
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, has emerged as a center of excellence in the advanced study and application of defense matters. Further, the school has aided in the building of security alliances and coalitions as well as the capacities of our coalition partners and allies. In fact, the School of International Graduate Studies (SIGS) leads the transformation of NPS to meet evolving global security demands. The origins Of SIGS reach back into the early 1990's, when NPS recognized the need to house all security assistance and international programs under a single roof. Building upon this foundation, SIGS has fostered innovative programs to meet the security challenges of the present conflict, with an eye to the needs of all the services and the duty to build partnership capacity.
The cornerstone of SIGS is the Department of National Security Affairs (NSA), a leading program of theoretical and applied advanced strategic study recognized by policy makers and researchers throughout the world. The department offers Master's and Doctoral degrees in Regional Studies and Security Studies. The majority of the faculty are tenured or tenure-track and engage in advanced research with the United States (U.S.) government and other organizations. The faculty analyzes the most urgent strategic issues, focusing on the requirements of our officers and teaching from relevant materials suited to both theoretical and practical aspects of the current conflict. Through the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency's International Military Education and Training (IMET) and Expanded-IMET programs, many of the NSA professors have established long-term relationships with senior security, defense and military officials around the world, opinion makers, and scholars studying how nations interact and cooperate. The NSA faculty's research has helped senior military and civilian leaders to better understand the requirements of statecraft, strategy, and leadership in a tumultuous global environment. Through their work, they have heavily contributed to the decision making process on issues of U.S. policy and strategy. Such networks of education and cooperation help NSA faculty to stay at the vanguard of developments in diplomacy, strategy, society, and culture.
Short course programs, executive education, and mobile education teams (METs) offered by the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) provide outstanding opportunities to build the security capacity of partner nations. …