Defense & Strategic Studies at Missouri State

DSS provides professional education in U.S. A Certificate degree in Defense & Strategic Studies is also available.

national security policy; especially on issues regarding defense policy analysis and planning, the intelligence process, strategic deterrence, foreign relations, and the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Missouri State University’s Graduate Department of Defense & Strategic Studies (DSS), located in Fairfax, VA, hosts U.S.-policy-oriented courses on: national security leadership, cyber warfar


"No explanation for the current strategic situation is satisfactory without a definition of the nuclear situation; no definition of the nuclear situation is possible without knowledge of the laws that rule deterrence."
-- André


“If you wish for peace, understand war.”
― B.H. , 'Why Don't We Learn from History?'


in 1775: The is officially born, as Congress establishes the Continental Navy.

U.S. Strategic Command 09/30/2022

On this we seize the opportunity to send a shout out to our friends at the United States Strategic Command.

They are a central component of our nation's , to ensure the permanent readiness of our strategic deterrence forces and to assure allies and partners that prevails.

Visit their website for more information:

U.S. Strategic Command The official website of the U.S. Strategic Command. U.S. Strategic Command has global responsibilities assigned through the Unified Command Plan that include strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, space operations, joint electromagnetic spectrum operations, global strike, missile defense, and ana...


"Progress is only possible if the United States and its allies work together."
-- Brent Scowcroft

Air Force General and twice United States National Security Advisor, first under President Gerald Ford and then under George H. W. Bush.
served as Military Assistant to President Richard Nixon and as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in the Nixon and Ford administrations.


We are standing on the shoulders of giants. Our contribution to national security and global peace builds upon the foundations laid by great minds.

Visit for a deep dive!

Strategy Matters: Essays in Honor of Colin S. Gray 09/16/2022

We wanted to seize the opportunity to give a shout out to our friends at the Air University today.

It is with great delight that we share with you the following link, which will take you to one of the Air University Press' latest open publications, edited by Donovan C. Chau, honoring the late Colin S. Gray, a longtime friend and faculty member of the DSS program:

Strategy Matters: Essays in Honor of Colin S. Gray Strategy Matters is a collection of essays written in honor of Colin S. Gray by his students, spanning three decades and three continents. This volume examines a multitude of subjects and


in 1916, at the Battle of the Somme: British send tanks into action for the first time.


“It should be needless to add that policy needs to be somewhat flexible and adaptive, since war has a way of frustrating political intentions. It is a blunt instrument, and there are many reasons why cunning plans often go awry, not the least among which is the fact of an enemy with an independent will."
― Colin S. Gray, 'Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War Peace and Strategy'


At DSS we provide graduate level education in national security policy and leadership, with subject matter expertise on global issues of concern -- such as the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

We take you and offer multiple degree options!


1939: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declares a "limited national emergency" due to the war in Europe.


“If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.”
― George C. Marshall


Sound deterrence policy requires skillful policymakers and subject matter experts, who can think critically and strategically.

It's a wonderful journey to go at

George C. Marshall Center. European Center For Security Studies 09/02/2022

On this our shout out goes to the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, which provides a research, publication, and education component to the U.S. European Command (EUCOM), and is one of six United States Department of Defense Regional Centers.

Visit them at:

George C. Marshall Center. European Center For Security Studies A German-American Partnership. Security cooperation with tailored, professional education and research.


"States in the world are like individuals in the state of nature. They are neither perfectly good nor are they controlled by law."
-- Kenneth Waltz


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Welcome to the semester!

We are excited to be working with our students, faculty, and staff to make this a superb experience for all and to meet the challenges head on.


It's and we wanted to take the time to give a shout out to our friends at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)!

They are dedicated to providing defense-focused, technical graduate and continuing education, as well as research. We are proud of, and grateful for, their service to our nation.


“In his essay, ‘Perpetual Peace,’ the philosopher Immanuel Kant argued that perpetual peace would eventually come to the world in one of two ways, by human insight or by conflicts and catastrophes of a magnitude that left humanity no other choice. We are at such a juncture.”
― Henry Kissinger, 'On China'


The Fall 2022 semester is about to finish loading!
courses and topics provide us with immediate access to new ideas, new global challenges, and new ends and means to change and shape the future of defense & security, during a very complex time in our nation's history.


2003: assumes command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, its first major operation outside of Europe.


“Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing, for the known way is an impasse.”
― Heraclitus, 'Fragments'


These historical gems, casually found around the DSS office sometimes, keep reminding us about why we're here and why we do what we do.
Press on!


We keep making graduates proud and we're almost ready to welcome the Fall 2022 Semester!

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The is an essential component of U.S. maritime strategy for security and defense. Our nation proudly wishes them a Happy Birthday! 🎂🎉⚓️🇺🇸


"In our times, thermonuclear war may seem unthinkable, immoral, insane, hideous, or highly unlikely, but it is not impossible. To act intelligently we must learn as much as we can about the risks."
-- Herman Kahn

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