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Old 22 November 2010, 18:23
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Masters Program for Active Duty SOF members


The following is an article being circulated within ARSOF. I spoke with program director and he has asked that this information get widest dissemination. All active duty SOF (all branches) are eligible as long as you meet the prereqs stated in the information article. Any questions PM me and I can assist or point you in the right direction. -KW3

The United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School has agreed to continue its partnership with the National Defense University, College of International Security Affairs (CISA) Fort Bragg for 2011-2012 academic year. The USAJFKSWCS has partnered with the National Defense University (NDU) to offer a fully accredited Master of Arts Degree program at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Masters of Arts Degree program mirrors the Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies (MASSS) degree offered by NDU’s College of International Security Affairs to students enrolled in the 10-month full time program from US departments and agencies, congressional staffs, and military and civilian representatives of the international community who operate in the Washington DC area. The MASSS curriculum offers a strategic perspective on the global threat environment, the rise of newly empowered and politicized ideological movements, the relationship between political objectives, strategy, all instruments of national power, and the roles of power and ideology. Through seminar participation, independent study, and the research and writing of a thesis, students develop strategies for working with other agencies, with the United States, and with members of the international coalition. Through a combination of theoretical and practical learning, the program prepares professionals to develop and implement national and international security strategies for conditions of peace, crisis, and war.

Students who complete the MASSS degree should be able to meet the following Learning Objectives:

(1) Analyze the 21st century geopolitical environment characterized by the rise of non-state armed groups and the uneven erosion of state sovereignty;
(2) Evaluate the roles of power and ideology, the rise of newly empowered and politicized ideological movements, and the bases for authority and legitimacy;
(3) Understand the relationship between political objectives, strategy, and all instruments of national power;
(4) Develop skills to think critically and strategically, to differentiate between policy and analysis, and to apply knowledge to practice in collaborative and complex circumstances with diverse partners.

The joint USAJFKSWCS/NDU Masters Program is open to all Special Operations branches and all enlisted, warrant and commissioned officers with a Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited institution. The Directorate of Regional Studies and Education at SWCS is the point of contact for selection and accession for the Masters Program. For more information call 910-432-4607. Applicants must be Active Duty; Officers - Captains to Major (promotable), Warrant Officers - CW3 – CW4, NCOs - SFC – SGM. NCOs must not have more than 22 years of active federal service as of report date to National Defense University. Applicants should send copies of the ORB/ERB, last 3 Evaluation Reports, the NDU Application (available at , complete college transcripts, and a Statement of Purpose – Minimum of 250 words not to exceed 500 words, and a Letter of Release signed by the 1st O-6 in the chain of command. Applications are being accepted now through 4 March 2011.

The National Defense University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
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