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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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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.
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.
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