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Who We Are

The Graduate School of International and Defense Studies (IDS) offers advanced education on international, regional, and domestic security challenges for students from the U.S. Navy, other U.S. military services, and U.S. friends and allies. Hosting a world-class faculty—many with foreign-language capabilities and extensive international experience—IDS provides timely, relevant, and flexible graduate education. A core activity of the school is the education of Foreign Area Officers for the Naval services. IDS has also become the Navy’s leader in course offerings on contemporary Great Power Competition.

In addition to its in-residence master’s and doctoral degree programs, IDS offers a number of distance-learning and hybrid certificates and degree programs, ranging from strategy to Great Power Competition to homeland defense and security. The school’s faculty also conducts an active program of research on emerging international and regional security challenges, while supporting cross-disciplinary research at the Naval Postgraduate School in such fields as cyber, space, and energy.

A Message from Dean Moltz


The Graduate School of International and Defense Studies (IDS), formerly known as the School of International Graduate Studies, is a unique asset to the Navy and the Department of Defense. Its highly accomplished faculty members provide timely, relevant, and security-focused graduate education on regional security, homeland security, and strategy, while carrying out research on topics critical to U.S. national security and allied defense. It serves a diverse population of students, including Navy and Marine officers and senior enlisted personnel, U.S. military officers from other services, DOD civilians, and military officers from allied and partner nations.  
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IDS Latest News

Deputy CNO for Operations and Strategy Explores NPS, Warfighter Solutions

Vice Adm. Philip Sawyer, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), and Flag Sponsor for the Navy Foreign Affairs Officer (FAO) community, visited the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Apr. 29, to observe the institution’s interdisciplinary academics relevant to Navy operations and strategy that lead to effective and globally-aware officers for the fleet and joint force.

CHDS alumni secure groundbreaking appointments at FEMA

Two Center for Homeland Defense and Security alumni have made history with their appointments to top federal positions.Deanne Criswell (Master’s cohort 1003/1004, Executive Leaders Program cohort 0801) has been appointed Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator, the first time a woman has taken over the top spot at the agency, while Maj. Gen. William J. Walker (ELP 1002) has been named the U.S. House sergeant-at arms, the first Black person to assume the House’s top law enforcement position.

What Comes Next? Virus Variants, Vaccine Next Steps, and Preventing Future Pandemics

In this webinar, national leaders discuss what is next in the US response to COVID-19, from the “last mile” of vaccine distribution to what the pandemic could mean for community resilience and global health in the years to come. Please join us as we explore what homeland security, emergency management, public health and security officials need to know now and as they plan for the future.

Faculty Publications

Read about the latest books from our faculty.

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Maritime Strategy and Naval Innovation: Technology, Bureaucracy, and the Problem of Change in the Age of Competition

The essays in this book highlight the complexity of the phenomenon of innovation in navies.  Innovation requires imaginative leadership, an organizational intellectual architecture that encourages and accepts change, a grasp of the possibilities afforded by new technologies, and the ability of the organization to generalize innovation on a organization-wide basis.  The chapters in this book by come from the foremost naval scholars in the world in the finest tradition of Alfred Thayer Mahan and Julian Corbett. 

When Blame Backfires: Syrian Refugees and Citizen Grievances in Jordan and Lebanon

The recent influx of Syrian refugees has stimulated domestic political action against the Jordanian and Lebanese governments. That is the dramatic argument at the heart of Anne Marie Baylouny's When Blame Backfires.

Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan

The Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan was long considered a seminal book for Afghanistan studies. This fifth edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 1,000 cross-referenced entries on important personalities as well as aspects of the country’s politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.

Alumni Spotlight

MGEN Ariel R Caculitan, an ’05 NPS graduate was recently appointed the 33rd Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC). Read More.

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