About the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)

Director:  Dr. Laura J. Junor

INSS conducts research in support of the academic and leader development programs at the National Defense University, provides strategic support to the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and unified combatant commands, and engages with the broader national security community in the service of the common defense.

INSS Interim Research Work Plan FY18 [PDF]  →

Five Year Research Strategy 2017-2021 [PDF] →


INSS Centers and Components

The Institute for National Strategic Studies serves as the principal focus for research at NDU and is composed of three centers and two components.

Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction

CSWMD is at the forefront of education and research on the impact of weapons of mass destruction on U.S. and global security.

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Center for Strategic Research

CSR provides advice to the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and combatant commands through studies, reports, briefings, and memorandums; conducts directed research and analysis in the areas of strategic and regional studies; and engages in independent and leading-edge research and analysis in related areas.

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Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs

CSCMA serves as a national focal point and resource center for multidisciplinary research and analytic exchanges on the national goals and strategic posture of the People’s Republic of China and the ability of that nation to develop, field, and deploy an effective military instrument in support of its national strategic objectives. 

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NDU Press

NDU Press is the University’s cross-component, professional military and academic publishing house. Its mission is to support the advancement of JPME, national security policy, and international security issues for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the form of accessible, balanced, and thoroughly researched professional publications.  

NDU Press supports the National Defense University mission directly by informing and educating national security professionals on joint and integrated operations (through print and digital media). The publications of the Press are journals, books, and other materials that further scholarly investigation, encourage creative thinking, stimulate debate, and educate both within and outside the JPME classroom. 

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Program on Irregular Warfare and Special Operations Studies

The Program on Irregular Warfare and Special Operations Studies is an initiative by Naval Special Warfare and the Institute for National Strategic Studies. The purpose of the Program is to strengthen the relationship between academic research and Special Operations Forces, with the intent of developing human capital, applying non-traditional processes and analytic methodology to current problem sets.

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INSS Front Office Staff

Ms. Catherine Reese
Dean of Administration

Mr. Brett Swaney
Research Analyst

Ms. Kira McFadden
Research Analyst