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Center on Contemporary Conflict: Our Mission

CCC logoAs the principal research wing of the Naval Postgraduate School's Department of National Security Affairs, the Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC) contributes to the expansion of knowledge on critical security issues—especially current and emerging threats to U.S. national security and that of its allies‚—and is uniquely positioned to form a bridge between academia, policy makers, and military personnel.

In addition to conducting federally sponsored research, the CCC supports federal missions by managing programs and facilitating federal sponsorships for other private institutions. Our largest such effort is the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC). CCC serves as the program planning and implementation office, research center, and intellectual clearinghouse for the execution of analysis and future-oriented studies and dialogues for DTRA-Strategies and Plans. We cultivate interconnected national and international strategic research community partnerships and bring scientific, technical and social science experts to look well into the future to help understand and anticipate WMD/WME capabilities.

If you would like to be added to our contact list or have any questions about PASCC, please email us at


Research Spotlight

The PASCC Semi-Annual Workshop

On December 5, 2014, PASCC hosted a half-day workshop featuring PASCC-sponsored research on nuclear, chemical and biological threats, with specific discussions of China, Russia, and North Korea. Workshop speakers presented their findings from recent research projects and international workshops. Please visit our event page to view the panel presentations, reports, and abstracts. We hope to see you at future PASCC events!


Nuclear Learning in South Asia: The Next Decade

This newly released collection of selected papers brings together findings from the Center on Contemporary Conflict’s (CCC) South Asian Nuclear Learning project. With support from the National Nuclear Security Administration, a group of regional scholars from India, Pakistan, and the United States convened in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012 to discuss the concept of nuclear learning and apply it to the regional context of South Asia. Participants presented research findings assessing regional perspectives on nuclear learning, doctrinal developments, command and control setups, deterrence strategies, and approaches towards arms control and confidence-building measures.

More PASCC and CCC Research

You can browse and download our most recently released PASCC reports here. We upload new reports as soon as they're released, so please check back often! 

We also offer Research in Progress sheets, which provide concise summaries of all PASCC projects in progress, via Calhoun.


HSDL logoThe CCC has partnered with the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) to house the collection of PASCC reports. Most reports are publicly available, with a small collection of For Official Use Only (FOUO) reports that require user authentication and log-on to access.

Campus Users: Access PASCC reports on the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL).

Off-campus Users: Access PASCC reports on the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL).


The 2014 PASCC Annual Report highlights the PASCC mission, history, leadership, funding, and budget for fiscal year 2014.

It also provides a snapshot overview of the research PASCC funded in FY2014, as well as profiles of some of our performers and partner organizations. 


Calhoun logoThe CCC published the scholarly journal Strategic Insights from 2002 to 2011. The journal is currently on hiatus pending new funding. We have consolidated the issues of Strategic Insights in our NPS institutional archive, Calhoun. Please search or browse the hundreds of articles available within the Strategic Insights collection.
Center on Contemporary Conflict: News and Events

PASCC FY16 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Released

PASCC's FY16 Broad Agency Announcement has been released, and can be accessed via (Funding Opportunity #NPS-BAA-15-002). 

Detailed instructions for submitting white papers are included in the BAA. White papers are due Friday, June 26, 2015.

PASCC's annual merit-based, peer-reviewed process for selecting projects ensures that DTRA, other stakeholders, and the public benefit from the most rigorous research by the most highly-qualified experts in the field. 

For more information about PASCC research and the FY16-17 BAA, please click here. If you have questions, please contact us at


Projects Selected for FY15

Through its Broad Agency Announcement, The Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) accepted white papers up until the deadline on June 27. The PASCC Proposal Review Committee completed its scoring and deliberations in late August. Full proposals were requested for those projects recommended for funding in FY15. Out of 103 proposals, PASCC selected 27 projects for funding. Brief summaries of these projects will be available soon.

FY 2014 PASCC Projects

Nuclear Command & Control in Asia as an Indicator of Stability Dynamics and Strategic Intent, Jerry M. Conley, Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation

U.S.-China Strategic Dialogue, Ralph Cossa, Pacific Forum CSIS

Public Opinion, Commitment Traps, and Nuclear Weapons Policy , Scott Sagan, CISAC, Stanford University

Attribution Decision Marking Regarding Chemical and Biological Weapons Use: Exploring and Defining Cross-Domain Science-Legal-Policy-Response Frameworks, Christopher Bidwell, Federation of American Scientists (FAS)

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership and the Iranian Nuclear Challenge, Barnett Rubin and W.P.S. Sidhu, New York University and Brookings India

Initiating Joint Chinese-U.S. Activities on Biological Safety and Global Health Security, Benjamin J. Rusek, National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

A Track II Dialogue on Limiting Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons, Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogue, Clark Murdock, CSIS

Structuring Cooperative Nuclear Risk Reduction Initiatives with China, Siegfried Hecker, Stanford University

Trilateral Cooperation to Strengthen Extended Deterrence in Northeast Asia, Brad Glosserman, Pacific Forum CSIS

Understanding Gulf States' Strategic Thinking, Elbridge Colby, Center for Naval Analyses / Center for New American Security

US-Singapore Strategic Dialogue on Biosecurity, Gigi Kwik Gronvall, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (UPMC)

US-Turkey Strategic Dialogue, Dan Brumberg, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Expanding Cooperative Threat Reduction in the Middle East and North Africa: Law-Related Tools for Maximizing Success in 2018 and Beyond, Orde Kittrie, Arizona State University

Implications of Potential Chinese Missile Defense for U.S. Security Interests, Charles Ferguson, Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and Bruce MacDonald, USIP

Implications of the Russian Efforts to Develop a Modern Conventional Long-Range Strike Capability for Global and Regional Military Balances, Nikolai Sokov, Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)

Missile Defense, Extended Deterrence, and Nonproliferation in the 21st Century, Catherine Kelleher, University of Maryland

North Korea's Nuclear Futures: Implications for Peace and Security, Joel Wit, U.S.-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Preventing Escalation during Conventional Wars, Keir Lieber, Georgetown University, and Daryl Press, Dartmouth College

South Asia Crisis Simulation Exercise 2.0, Feroz Hassan Khan, Naval Postgraduate School

Real-World Nuclear Decision Making: Using Behavioral Economics Insights to Adjust Nonproliferation and Deterrence Policies to Predictable Deviations from Rationality, Miles Pomper, Jeffrey Knopf, and Anne Harrington, MIIS

Understanding Pathogenicity: Providing Information about Advances in Science and Technology to the Biological Weapons Convention, Katherine Bowman, NAS

Support for the 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, Toby Dalton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)

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