Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, M.S.U.

Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, M.S.U. The objective of the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS) is to provide professional, graduate-level education in national security policy; issues related to defense analysis; defense planning; intelligence analysis; and associated areas.
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Missouri State University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS), located in Fairfax, VA, provides professional, graduate-level education in national security policy; cyber security; WMD proliferation; international terrorism; military operations; global security challenges; foreign policy; arms control; missile proliferation; international security affairs; defense policy analysis, planning and programs; and intelligence analysis. The Department offers a Master of Science degree in Defense and Strategic Studies with the successful completion of 36 semester hours of study, and a Certificate Program in Defense and Strategic Studies after the successful completion of 9 hours of graduate study. The Department recently has been approved to also offer a more specialized Master of Science degree in Weapons of Mass Destruction Studies for a select group of students selected by the National Defense University. Certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Operating as usual

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01/05/2021

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12/23/2020

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Thinking about grad school?What to do? Where to Go?Want to make the world a safer place?Learn about the Defense and Stra...
12/05/2020

Thinking about grad school?
What to do? Where to Go?

Want to make the world a safer place?

Learn about the Defense and Strategic Studies Graduate Program - Learn online or in the Washington, D.C. area.

Low tuition, High employment rates.

Just one of the many reasons to check us out at DSS.MissouriState.edu or call (703) 218-3565.

We'll take you "from the classroom into the field."

"What do these pictures all have in common? New DSS Course!They highlight the strategic impact of spacepower from the Co...
12/01/2020

"What do these pictures all have in common?
New DSS Course!

They highlight the strategic impact of spacepower from the Cold War to the present. Spacepower is tied to all instruments of national power and military issues such as counter-terrorism, arms control, missile defense, nuclear deterrence, international law, as well as the new Space Force's mission to deter and conduct warfighting missions in, from, and through space. Want to learn more about spacepower, space policy, and security?

Spring semester 2021, DSS Professor Christopher Stone, formerly a Special Assistant for Space Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, will be offering a course, DSS 709 Space Policy and Security. If you'd like more information, please contact Professor Stone at [email protected].

#spacepower #spaceforce #defenseandstrategicstudiesgraduateprogram #spacepolicy #missouristateuniversitygraduaterprograms #graduateprogramsindc #DSSgraduatecourse #DCgraduateschools #internationalaffairs #strategicstudies #spaceagency #spacesecurity

HAPPY  THANKSGIVING 🎉 from all of us to all of you❗️ Wishing you and yours a joyful, warm, healthy, and safe holiday. We...
11/26/2020

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 🎉 from all of us to all of you❗️ Wishing you and yours a joyful, warm, healthy, and safe holiday. We are grateful to each of you -- our faculty, staff, students, and alumni -- for being a special part of the DSS learning community. THANKS!

It's time to WALK TOWARD YOUR FUTURE!Time to investigate graduate school.Time to make the move that will boost your care...
11/14/2020

It's time to WALK TOWARD YOUR FUTURE!
Time to investigate graduate school.
Time to make the move that will boost your career.

It's time to check out the only graduate program in defense and strategic studies, based in the Washington, D.C. area. Seated, online, web-conferencing course formats available.
It can be done 100% online if desired.

Why the Defense and Strategic Studies graduate program? Our students say it's the...
 Ideal Location
 High value - Low Cost
 Distinguished Faculty
 Flexibility to Fit Your Schedule
 Real-world Experience
 Great Career Outcomes

Master of Science degrees & Graduate Certificates available

Application deadline for spring semester 2021
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

For more info, call (703) 218-3565 or email [email protected] TODAY.

Certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

#defenseandstrategicstudies #graduateschool #internationalaffairsgraduateschool #graduateschoolpublicpolicy #nationalsecurity #defensepolicy #intelligenceanalyst #cybersecurity #publicpolicy #counteringweaponsmassdestruction #DCgraduateschool

WE SALUTE YOU today, and always!🇺🇸Not a day goes by when we aren't reminded of what America's veterans do on behalf of o...
11/11/2020

WE SALUTE YOU today, and always!🇺🇸
Not a day goes by when we aren't reminded of what America's veterans do on behalf of our country. It happens in discussions with our students from the National Defense University, Air Force Institute of Technology, U.S. Army Chemical Corp (CBRN), and others who served or are serving in our armed services. It happens when listening to the stories of family and friends who served in years past. It occurs when one is still, looks around, and realizes, in the quiet and even in the chaos, the incredible freedoms we enjoy. We are always thankful, amazed, and inspired. To them and their loved ones, we say thank you today, and always, for your service and sacrifice. May we never forget.

Want to Make the World a Safer Place?Earn a Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies Located in Washington, D....
10/15/2020

Want to Make the World a Safer Place?
Earn a Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Located in Washington, D.C. metropolitan area
Seated, online, web-conferencing course formats available
Can be done 100% online, if desired.

Application deadline for spring semester 2021
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

For more info call (703) 218-3565 or email [email protected]

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08/17/2020

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Today, we say WELCOME BACK🎉  to our Defense and Strategic Studies Graduate Program Faculty, Staff, and Students❗️ It’s b...
08/17/2020

Today, we say WELCOME BACK🎉 to our Defense and Strategic Studies Graduate Program Faculty, Staff, and Students❗️

It’s been five months since we learned together in person.

So, it is with great joy, we open the fall semester 2020 in anticipation of your presence, in person, virtual, or online. We all desire to safely return to normalcy and welcome the sight of DSS smiling faces, the sense of community, the excitement of learning as a group, and to feel part of something greater than the pandemic...the DSS Learning Community.

Many thanks to the smiling faces who sent their photos to be a special part of the DSS Welcome Back message. You put a smile on our faces. 🙂

Congratulations🎉 to the Missouri State University Graduate CollegeDefense and Strategic Studies 2020 graduates, of the C...
07/31/2020

Congratulations🎉 to the
Missouri State University Graduate College
Defense and Strategic Studies 2020 graduates,
of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
Fellowship Program, National Defense University.

Please join us as we celebrate their accomplishments
at their virtual Commencement exercises broadcast
on the MSU DSS YouTube Channel.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRsb1E8qwGxdZFdytjYFMuA/
No Password needed to access virtual password

Many months ago, when the world was first introduced to what would be called the COVID-19 pandemic, DSS acknowledged in ...
06/15/2020

Many months ago, when the world was first introduced to what would be called the COVID-19 pandemic, DSS acknowledged in a Facebook post, “Strategists and policy makers from all levels of government, healthcare professionals, business owners, manufacturers, transportation providers, the military, and so many others are working 24 hours/7 days a week to do the best of what they can to slow down and stop COVID-19 as well as provide for the needs of America. Many of them are DSS graduates.” Their work continues and we are hopeful as we await the “after the pandemic” new normal.

Years, even decades, from now, citizens around the world will speak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it brought, those on the frontlines will speak of lessons learned in the heat of battle to stop the spread of infection, protect and care for those affected, and how we as a nation, and globally, moved forward.

We don’t want to wait a year, or decades, to hear these stories. We want to hear them now so DSS’s past, current, and future students may learn from the experiences of those tasked to serve their nation during this great time of need. Tell us your COVID-19 story so we may share it within the DSS community. Please reach out via direct message or call DSS at 703-218-3565.

Send us your “masked” photos as you go about life in the workplace and in the community. Some of you have taken the opportunity to tangibly serve those around you through gifts of service, time, talent, and money. Please let us hear from you as well.

Congratulations to Bryner Las, DSS Class of 2019 graduate, on being named as the Outstanding Officer of the Year 2019 of...
06/04/2020

Congratulations to Bryner Las, DSS Class of 2019 graduate, on being named as the Outstanding Officer of the Year 2019 of the Naval Education, Training and Doctrine Command during the 81st Founding Anniversary celebration held February 10, 2020. The award was presented by the Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command, the equivalent of the U.S. Chief of Naval Operation.🎉

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05/21/2020

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Congratulations to the Defense and Strategic Studies 🏛CLASS OF 2020 !! 🇺🇸 We celebrate YOU, your hard work, outstanding ...
05/20/2020

Congratulations to the Defense and Strategic Studies 🏛CLASS OF 2020 !! 🇺🇸 We celebrate YOU, your hard work, outstanding accomplishments,🏆 and exciting job placements within the fields of public policy, cyber, intelligence, strategy, research, and project management.🎉 We look forward to officially celebrating you and your achievements on October 16th in Fairfax, VA! Save the date❗️🙂

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04/21/2020

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Americans Urged to CHEER from their windows to show support for healthcare workers!When: Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 8:00p...
03/26/2020
Americans urged to cheer from their windows Sunday night to show support for health care workers

Americans Urged to CHEER from their windows to show support for healthcare workers!

When: Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 8:00p.m. EDT
DSS Challenge - Show your appreciation - Spread the Word!

Hey DSS Send us your photos/video to post on the DSS Facebook.

(CNN) A campaign is taking off on Twitter to hold a show of appreciation Sunday night for health care workers on the frontlines of the battle against coronavirus.

#Solidarityat8 asks people to go on their balconies or open their windows and doors at 8 p.m. and cheer, clap or just make some noise to honor the people who continue to work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other medical facilities.

Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are being called heroes for their dedication as they continue working in increasingly dangerous conditions -- with masks and other protective gear in short supply.

The movement began in other countries that were affected by coronavirus before the United States.

In India, people in several cities blew into conch shells, cheered, rang bells and banged on pots and pans to express their gratitude to hospital staff members and first responders.
President Ram Nath Kovind and senior ministers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet stood in their respective courtyards in the capital, New Delhi, on Sunday, showing their appreciation with a standing ovation.

A campaign is taking off on Twitter to hold a nightly show of appreciation for health care workers on the frontlines of the battle against Covid-19.

Strategists and policy makers from all levels of government, healthcare professionals, business owners, manufacturers, t...
03/16/2020

Strategists and policy makers from all levels of government, healthcare professionals, business owners, manufacturers, transportation providers, the military, and so many others are working 24 hours/7 days a week to do the best of what they can to slow down and stop COVID-19 as well as provide for the needs of America. Many of them are DSS graduates.
To all involved, we say THANK YOU for serving on the front line.
People train for scenarios like this and hope they never have to exercise what they learned, and rehearsed for, in their lifetime. We need to let them do their jobs by not adding to the stress with panic and pandemonium.
We urge you to protect yourself, and your family, by following studiously the disease prevention recommendations shared, and calmly pay attention to potential symptoms with discernment. Don’t focus on the global situation and panic. Instead, turn your angst into action. Assist those around you, the elderly, incapacitated, lonely, and poor, by lending a helping hand.
Together, let’s all be a part of the solution.
And to our DSS graduates, we say, “Now aren’t you glad you took DSS courses on:
• Emerging Strategic Challenges (pandemic, immigration, cyber, climate change);
• Leadership in National Security Policy;
• Chemical and Biological Warfare: Global and Community Perspectives;
• U.S. – China Strategic Relationship; and
• NATO and European Security Challenges.”
We thought so. We are too. Be safe.

Meet the First Graduating Class of the CBRN CCC GroupPreparing for the Commencement CeremonyU.S. Army Chemical Corps, CB...
03/11/2020

Meet the First Graduating Class of the CBRN CCC Group

Preparing for the Commencement Ceremony
U.S. Army Chemical Corps, CBRN CCC’s First Graduating Class (2019), in partnership with Department of Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS), Missouri State University Graduate College, to earn their Master of Science, DSS, CWMD.

Congratulations to (L to R) Capt. William Mangold, Capt. Michael Krant, Capt. Kara Krant, Maj. John Waugh, and Capt. Nicholas Martinez-Fierro. Not pictured: Capt. James Coker and Capt. William Brubaker

“I predict that my peers and I will be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with our nation’s executive leaders and facilitate decision making by providing options in countering weapons of mass destruction and building capabilities for homeland defense.

My fellow graduates and I recommend that this program be something that the Chemical Corps continues to invest in. We firmly believe that the dividends of this program will be seen immediately, in the near future, and in the long term."

Commencement speech, May 1, 2019
Captain Nicholas Fierro-Martinez

It's HAPPENING again...We are ten weeks away from GRADUATION. 📣Two of our graduate assistants just announced, due to job...
03/05/2020

It's HAPPENING again...
We are ten weeks away from GRADUATION. 📣

Two of our graduate assistants just announced, due to job offers, they need to step down. Only one thing to say about that...

CONGRATULATIONS ❗️🙂🎉🌐🇺🇸

We wish you great success.

#DSS #Graduateschool #Graduatestudentjoboffer

What we're up to tonight...Van Cleave LectureFebruary 26, 2020 - 6:00 to 6:45 p.m.Defense and Strategic Studies, D.C. Me...
02/26/2020

What we're up to tonight...

Van Cleave Lecture
February 26, 2020 - 6:00 to 6:45 p.m.
Defense and Strategic Studies, D.C. Metro Area Location

"Confronting the Iranian Challenge"
Mr. Ilan Berman, Guest Lecturer
Senior Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council

An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Russian Federation, Mr. Berman has consulted for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency as well as the U.S. Departments of State and Defense and has also provided assistance on foreign policy and national security issues to a range of governmental agencies and congressional offices. He has been called one of America’s “leading experts on the Middle East and Iran” by CNN. Mr. Berman is the editor of five books and the author of four. He is also a member of the Associate Faculty at Missouri State University's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies.

New DSS Department Head NamedDr. Victor Matthews, Dean, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State Univers...
02/25/2020

New DSS Department Head Named

Dr. Victor Matthews, Dean, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University, announced Dr. John P. Rose will serve as the new Department Head of the Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS) Graduate Department, for Missouri State University’s Graduate College, at their Fairfax, VA campus. Prior to Dr. Rose, Dr. Keith Payne served as department head, since 2005. He retired in May 2019.

Upon receiving the news, Dr. Rose thanked the dean and said, “Great credit must go to my predecessor, Dr. Keith Payne, for his leadership, dedication, and service to the men and women he has guided, educated and influenced. The program would not be where it is had it not been for Dr. Payne. He has influenced a generation of defense and foreign affairs specialists who will guide our nation for decades to come. His legacy will live for decades.”

Speaking to the faculty, Dr. Rose continued, “While I am honored to serve in this position, your continued support for the program is essential. Thank you for all you have done to make the program Bill Van Cleave started in 1971 grow into what it is today… an elite defense and strategic studies program.”

Dr. Rose came to DSS, in 2011, serving as a Visiting Professor. He continues to teach a variety of topics such as Science, Technology and Defense Policy; NATO and European Security Issues; International Terrorism; Military Operations; and Leadership for National Security Professionals.

Under Dr. Rose’s guidance, in 2018, DSS began an agreement with the U.S. Army’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Captains Career Course Training Program to provide an educational path for officers to earn their Master of Science degree in DSS-CWMD.

Before arriving at DSS, Dr. Rose served as Director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He directed a graduate-level Defense and Security Studies Program, managing the efforts of a college dean, and 30 professors from ten nations. He also oversaw the Center’s Outreach Program hosting 100 Security-focused conferences each year throughout Europe and Eurasia.

Prior to that, Dr. Rose served as Director of Requirements for the U.S. Army, at the Pentagon, and Director, International Programs Branch, NATO, SHAPE, in Mons, Belgium. Dr. Rose is a retired Brigadier General, U.S. Army and has a great heart for the men and women who serve in the military for our country.

Dr. Rose is a graduate of the Defense and Strategic Studies program when it resided at the University of Southern California.

Faculty, staff, and students are excited to know as department head, Dr. Rose will continue his excellent stewardship of the program, work to grow the program while maintaining it as an elite defense and strategic studies program. #defenseandstrategicstudies #graduateschool #strategicstudies #WashingtonDC #DSS

02/22/2020

✨Want to change the world?

Make your #MissouriStatement in Washington, D.C. Metro Area by earning your Master of Science Degree at the Defense & Strategic Studies Graduate Program, Missouri State University, Graduate College. (Think of the opportunities in the nation's Capitol !)

Call (703) 218-3565 for more information or email us at [email protected]. Check us out at DSS.MissouriState.edu.

✔Scholarships available
✔ In-state tuition for qualified residents of MO, KS, ND, NE, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI as part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program
✔Missouri prices and a D.C. Location 👍

Address

9302 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA
22031

The Department is located in Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Northern Virginia in Fairfax County. The Vienna Metro subway station is located less than half a mile from the Department, and there is a free shuttle service to and from the Metro station. The National Capital Region is one of the main tourist areas in the United States and offers a broad variety of cultural, educational, and employment opportunities. Approximately 10 million people live in the region.

General information

The Defense and Strategic Studies program started in 1971 in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California, under the leadership of Dr. William R. Van Cleave. The primary objective of the DSS program was and remains to provide graduate level education and training for students planning careers in national and international security affairs and policy-making, and for teaching these subjects at the university-level. The program flourished at the University of Southern California; in 1987, it moved to Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University) where DSS became a Department offering the specialized Master of Science degree in Defense and Strategic Studies. In 2005, the DSS program began a new era when the University moved the Department physically to Fairfax, VA, located just 10 miles from the District of Columbia, to take advantage of the many educational, financial, and employment opportunities that are unique to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In 2008 and 2009 DSS provided classes at the Army Management and Staff College; in 2010, DSS began an exchange program with Masaryk University in the Czech Republic; and, in 2012, DSS added the M.S. degree in WMD Studies to its curriculum for a select cohort of students from the National Defense University. DSS was selected for this by the Department of Defense via a competative process to provide this degree program for up to 48 students from the National Defense University. When DSS moved to Washington D.C. in 2005, it had 32 graduate students. For the fall semester, 2012 DSS will enroll well over 100 graduate students. Certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 21:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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(703) 218-3565

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