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Who We Are

We are Defense Management scholars, researchers, and practitioners who:
Prepare our students to lead and manage complex defense organizations.
Actively engage with stakeholders to conduct innovative research to provide evidence-based solutions to problems and challenges in defense organizations.

Our Mission

To serve our Nation by educating U.S. and allied military officers as well as defense civilians in defense-focused business and public policy, by conducting research in defense management and public policy, and by providing intellectual resources for leaders and organizations concerned with defense business management practices and policies.

Our Vision

To be, and to be recognized as, the Nation’s premier defense-focused business management and policy school.

A message from GSDM Dean Dr. Keith Snider

The Graduate School of Defense Management is a distinctive academic institution uniquely positioned to help improve defense business practices and administration. GSDM's robust research programs support graduate education by informing faculty members about recent developments in their academic fields, as well as recent defense and national security sector applications. Our instruction prepares the next generation of defense sector leaders with concepts and tools for analysis and critical thinking so that they can effectively manage organizations, resources, people, and programs in complex, sometimes life-threatening environments. Read more.

GSDM Latest News


Senior Lecturer Philip Candreva was an invited participant in a recent Heritage Foundation webinar titled, "How Congress Can Help America Get More Out of Our Defense Dollars."  A primary focus of the event was the "use or lose" phenomenon and potential policy remedies. In addition to citing Phil’s research, recent Heritage Foundation reports reference GSDM MBA student research on reprogramming actions, as well as a study by Assistant Professor Spencer Brien and his students on the impacts of continuing resolutions on procurement actions. 

Assistant Professor Dan Finkenstadt (Major, USAF) was selected to receive a 2021 Acquisition Innovation Research Center (AIRC) Incubation contract award. His proposal, “Gamification of Training in Emerging Acquisition Methods” in the Workforce Training/Advice Technology research area was chosen as one of eight from a field of 66 submissions to receive this contract award.  Each proposal was reviewed by a select group of experts (constituting senior faculty members from across the AIRC universities, in collaboration with senior subject-matter experts with deep domain knowledge) and DoD executive sponsors. 

Professor Mie Augier continues to advance thinking and promote dialogue on strategy and leadership in her recent publications in widely-read and high-impact outlets. With her co-authors Dr. Sean Barrett (Major, USMC) and William Mullen (Maj Gen, ret, USMC), Dr. Augier’s publications include:  A Conversation with General Anthony Zinni (Ret.) on Leaders and Strategic Thinking (Center for International Maritime Security); Lifelong Student-Centered Learning: A PME Paradigm for Honing our Intellectual Edge (Center for International Maritime Security); and Assumptionitis in Strategy (The Strategy Bridge).

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The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) provided post-baccalaureate education to military officers and other members of the United States defense and national security community. The mission of NPS is to provide high-quality, relevant and unique advanced education and research programs that increase the combat effectiveness of the Naval Services, other Armed Forces of the U.S. and our partners, to enhance our national security. 

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Alumni Spotlight


Major Peter Misyak and Captain William Laponza received the Conrad Scholar award as top graduates in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in a ceremony at the Pentagon on September 14. Presenting the award are Mr. Edward Gardiner, Assistant Deputy Commandant (Programs & Resources), VADM (ret) Terry Blake, Conrad Chair at NPS, and Dr. Keith Snider, Dean of the Graduate School of Defense Management at NPS. Major Misyak’s and Captain Laponza’s thesis evaluated the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps processes surrounding the secondary sales of aviation fuel, and its alignment and compliance with appropriations law. Their study identified concerns about compliance and provided recommendations for improvements to the process.