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About Us

The need to keep the peace in the wake of conflict and an emphasis of sharing the burden of collective defense and security building continues to grow. Established in 2001, The Graduate School of International and Defense Studies (IDS) - formerly known as the School of International Graduate Studies - is on the forefront of contributing to the advancement of building partnership capacity. IDS offers a variety of education opportunities to U.S. and international military officers and government officials wanting to advance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet today's complex and challenging security environments.

IDS offers in-residence Master's and Doctoral degrees to U.S. and international students in the areas of national security studies (such as civil-military relations, and stability and reconstruction) and regional studies (such as the Middle East).

IDS specializes in global education. Our mobile education teams (METs) travel around the world helping countries to rebuild and restructure their defense policies, programs and curriculum. What makes our METs effective. The answer - our approach is different. We work hand-in-hand with countries to tailor specific programs to their needs.

Due to our global outreach efforts, NPS was designated by the United States Department of State to be the sole Partnership for Peace (PfP) Education and Training Center in the United States on May 24, 2004. NPS was selected because of its forward looking graduate education programs and experience in delivering mobile education worldwide. We take pride in our commitment to provide students with the knowledge and skills to face the challenges of not only today, but more importantly, tomorrow.

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SIGS - About Us - Mission


Provide high-quality graduate education and conduct research programs focused on international relations and regional security to meet the needs of the nation and our international partners, and to build partnership capacity.

SIGS - About Us - Vision


In support of U.S. policy, help shape the international security environment and prepare future United States and international leaders for assignments in defense and foreign policy, international relations and security cooperation.

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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. I... Read More

Dean's Biography

James Clay Moltz, Ph.D.

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Military Associate Dean
CAPT Sean Hays

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Associate Dean
Andrew “Pete” Boerlage

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The Graduate School of International and Defense Studies
Naval Postgraduate School
1 University Circle
Herrmann Hall, Rm 416W
Monterey, CA 93943


Phone: 831-656-3791
E-mail: apboerla@nps.edu