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NDU President Welcome to the official page of the President of the National Defense University. Vice Admiral Fritz Roegge, USN, serves as the 16th President.

Official page of the President of the National Defense University. Official bio at: http://www.ndu.edu/About/Leadership/Article-View/Article/572672/major-general-frederick-m-padilla-usmc/

Operating as usual

"The National Defense University's annual celebration of Foreign Affairs Day to recognize the important partnership betw...
05/07/2020
The View from the Bridge: Sailing in Formation with the State Department

"The National Defense University's annual celebration of Foreign Affairs Day to recognize the important partnership between NDU and the Department of State would have occurred today if not for the health and safety considerations of COVID-19. Instead, this link references my reflections on our 2018 celebration as they appeared in The Foreign Service Journal.

https://www.afsa.org/view-bridge-sailing-formation-state-department

NDU is known as "the Chairman's University," because it falls under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; but the State Department has always been our most important partner outside of the Department of Defense.

Ever since Ambassador George Kennan served as the first deputy commandant and international adviser at the National War College from 1946 to 1947, the State Department has made invaluable contributions to preparing our military and civilian students to become strategic thinkers and to serve as national security leaders. But although we share an important history, we share an equally important future.

The importance of our work together to promote peace and security around the world is expressed well in this observation from former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan: "Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name. It is the most effective form of defense spending there is."

The Joint Staff
10/25/2019

The Joint Staff

Did you know the Chairman oversees all joint military education?

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to Capstone students and spouses today at National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair. Capstone is a five-week course for general and flag officers that reinforces comprehension of joint matters and national security strategy needed for the remainder of an officer’s career.

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) photos by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann

08/22/2019
U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy

LIVE NOW: Watch as Adm. John Richardson is relieved as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations and Adm. Mike Gilday accepts his new role as the U.S. Navy's 32nd CNO.

NDU President's cover photo
08/09/2019

NDU President's cover photo

NDU International Fellows Alumni
08/06/2019

NDU International Fellows Alumni

On Friday, 2 August, General Koji Yamazaki of Japan and 2006 graduate of the National War College, was welcomed back to NDU by NDU President VADM Roegge in honor of his recent promotion to Joint Chief of Staff, Joint Staff of the Japan Self-Defense Forces. General Yamazaki, a 2018 inductee in the international Fellows Hall of Fame, remarked "It's just like coming home." We were thrilled to welcome him back to NDU and hope that we will see many more of our Alumni back home in the future.

NDU International Fellows Alumni
07/09/2019

NDU International Fellows Alumni

Congratulations to General Yamazaki for his promotion to Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japanese Self-Defense Forces! It was only a year ago today that he was inducted into the International Fellows Hall of Fame for his service as Chief of Staff, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces, and he has already moved up again. Please join us in congratulating him on his momentous achievement.

The Joint Staff
06/21/2019

The Joint Staff

“At the end of the day, we are not going to be defined by hypersonics, artificial intelligence fifth-generation aircraft, space or cyber capabilities...The foundation of our success will continue to be men and women who embody our core values."

Read more of the Chairman’s message to the 2019 National Defense University graduates today: https://www.defense.gov/explore/story/Article/1875280/senior-officers-must-lead-change-in-uncertain-world-dunford-says/

Enjoy some U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 📸 highlights from the ceremony by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro

Another great Graduation Week at the National Defense University! Check out some of the photos from the events during th...
06/21/2019

Another great Graduation Week at the National Defense University! Check out some of the photos from the events during the week.

National War College College of Information and Cyberspace - National Defense University The College of International Security Affairs Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy

It's that time of year again! The big white tent is up for National Defense University's graduation. National War Colleg...
06/11/2019

It's that time of year again! The big white tent is up for National Defense University's graduation.

National War College, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, The College of International Security Affairs, College of Information and Cyberspace - National Defense University, NDU International Fellows Alumni

The Joint Staff
06/06/2019

The Joint Staff

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a day to honor the members of our Greatest Generation who joined the Allied cause of freedom and democracy.

"Without their immeasurable sacrifices, this experiment we call democracy would no longer exist.”

Here's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford's complete message to our WWII veterans.

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) U.S. European Command (EUCOM) U.S. Army Europe

Great work by our Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)!
05/24/2019
Finding Ender: Exploring the Intersections of Creativity, Innovation,

Great work by our Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)!

Current national-level strategic documents exhort the need for creativity and innovation as a precondition of America’s continued competitive edge in the international arena. But what does that really

NDU President's cover photo
05/16/2019

NDU President's cover photo

National Defense University has two new members of our Hall of Fame: Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch and Ambassador Dona...
05/13/2019

National Defense University has two new members of our Hall of Fame: Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch and Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto. Ambassador Dan Smith, Director of the Foreign Service Institute, participated in the ceremony. We also took the opportunity to honor all of the Foreign Service Officers that are part of the NDU community.

Thank you to the Tunisian Minister of Defense, Abdelkrim Zbidi, for visiting National Defense University to share his vi...
05/07/2019

Thank you to the Tunisian Minister of Defense, Abdelkrim Zbidi, for visiting National Defense University to share his views on the security context in Northern Africa with our students and faculty.

Embassy of Tunisia in U.S.A

I had a great trip to the Brazilian Air University where I gave a speech and had a question and answer session with stud...
05/03/2019

I had a great trip to the Brazilian Air University where I gave a speech and had a question and answer session with students and got to learn more about their programs.

NDU is looking for sponsors for our international students. This is a rewarding program that makes our student experienc...
05/01/2019

NDU is looking for sponsors for our international students. This is a rewarding program that makes our student experience special.

Are you interested in interacting with International Students from around the world? Consider joining our Community Sponsor Program! The Community Sponsor program plays an invaluable role for the International Fellows, sharing first hand their knowledge of American culture-and in return- making new friends and learning new things about the world we live in. This is truly a special opportunity to participate in a vital American foreign policy initiative.

Interested? Send us a message at [email protected]

Way to go The College of International Security Affairs Team!
04/26/2019

Way to go The College of International Security Affairs Team!

Last week, the College of International Security Affairs in coordination with the Office of Defense Cooperation, US Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia,
conducted a Mobile Education and Training (MET) Team event titled, "Georgia and the Irregular Warfare Challenge: Strategic Frameworks for Analysis and Action." The event involved 30 Georgian participants from the defense force, MoD, MFA, MoI, and civil society, all of O5s and O6 level and civilian equivalent. Faculty from CISA, along with CIC and the George C. Marshall Center, facilitated instruction and moderated break-out sessions on Irregular Warfare in the Contemporary Security Environment, CISA's Framework for Analysis and Action, Cyberspace and Influence Operations, Total Defense against Hybrid Threats, and Building National Resilience. Thank you to the hospitality and partnership with the Defence Institution Building School/ Georgia Ministry of Defence and our wonderful Georgian alumni!

NDU International Fellows Alumni
04/26/2019

NDU International Fellows Alumni

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of General Lamine Cissé of Senegal. General Cissé passed away on Friday, April 19, in Dakar due to illness. One of our own, General Cissé is an NDU Class of 1993 graduate. He attended both National War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (renamed The Eisenhower School) when the International Fellows attended both programs during their year of study. General Cissé went on to serve as the Chief of General Staff of the Senegalese Armed Forces, the highest position possible for a military officer. After his retirement from the military, he was asked to serve as the Minister of Interior and was later named Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in the Central African Republic and held additional positions serving the UN in Africa. He was inducted into the NDU International Fellows Hall of Fame in 2004 for his superior professional achievements. General Cissé was light of hope for peace and prosperity in Africa and around the world. For those fortunate enough to know him, he was a brilliant strategist and polished diplomat, a highly respected and admired ethical leader, and a genuinely kind soul. He was an active participant in NDU's Alumni Programs and most recently joined us in NDU's 2018 Alumni Continuing Education Security Seminar in Morocco last June. His countless contributions to peace and security will not be soon forgotten. We will miss him and his gentle smile.

For further information on General Cissé, please read this article by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies: https://africacenter.org/community/general-lamine-cisse-military-leader-diplomat-role-model/.

I had a great time hosting the 2019 Submarine Junior Officers of the Year on their recent trip to DC. We had a great dis...
04/04/2019

I had a great time hosting the 2019 Submarine Junior Officers of the Year on their recent trip to DC. We had a great discussion on the value of professional military education at institutions like National Defense University. I was inspired by the future leadership of our Navy.

Congratulations to LTG Daniel Baumgartner, former Commander of the Swiss Land Forces and National War College Class of 2...
03/12/2019

Congratulations to LTG Daniel Baumgartner, former Commander of the Swiss Land Forces and National War College Class of 2009, for your induction into the National Defense University International Hall of Fame!

National War College Alumni Association
Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America

I am looking forward to NDU's next annual alumni gathering.
03/11/2019

I am looking forward to NDU's next annual alumni gathering.

Education at NDU is not limited to just the classroom. CISA is hosting a seminar this week at the Lebanese Command and Staff College focusing on Counter-Insurgency.

If you would like to continue your education outside of NDU's halls, consider coming to our seminar in Estonia on June 24-28th! The focus will be on hybrid warfare and grey zone operations.

National Defense University hosted the Northern Macedonian Vice Premier and Minister of Defense Mrs. Radmila Shekerinska...
03/06/2019

National Defense University hosted the Northern Macedonian Vice Premier and Minister of Defense Mrs. Radmila Shekerinska for a visit with leadership and a speech to The College of International Security Affairs students today.

Check out the latest issue of Joint Force Quarterly: https://ndupress.ndu.edu/JFQ/Joint-Force-Quarterly-92.aspxInstitute...
02/25/2019
Joint Force Quarterly Issue 92

Check out the latest issue of Joint Force Quarterly: https://ndupress.ndu.edu/JFQ/Joint-Force-Quarterly-92.aspx

Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)
National Defense University Press - NDU Press

National service is the subject of this issue’s Executive Summary. JFQ Editor-in-Chief Bill Eliason pays tribute to the memory of Senator John McCain and President George H.W. Bush. As we honor the passing of these two giants of national service, we’re reminded of their courage and heroism in co...

02/14/2019
National Defense University Foundation

National Defense University Foundation

On February 7th, 2019, Acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick M. Shanahan paid a visit to NDU to speak at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy as part of the school's Commandments Lecture Series. The Lecture took place in Eisenhower Hall at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.

02/14/2019
National Defense University Foundation

National Defense University Foundation

On February 6th 2019, General Joseph Votel, Commander of the United States Central Command, addressed the students of the National Defense University as part of the school's Presidential Lecture Series. The lecture took place in Lincoln Hall at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.

A few pictures from recent visits from partners from Brazil and Nigeria
02/14/2019

A few pictures from recent visits from partners from Brazil and Nigeria

I had the opportunity to recognize some of National Defense University's unsung heros in our Resource Management Directo...
01/22/2019

I had the opportunity to recognize some of National Defense University's unsung heros in our Resource Management Directorate today. Thank you for the hard work that you do every day to ensure NDU's success.

The College of International Security Affairs
01/11/2019

The College of International Security Affairs

Photos of Dr. Hassan Abbas' recent visit to Pakistan where he hosted a U.S. embassy-sponsored workshop " The Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in South Asia."

Gen (ret.) Lori Robinson shared her views on strategic leadership with National Defense University's student today.
01/10/2019

Gen (ret.) Lori Robinson shared her views on strategic leadership with National Defense University's student today.

NDU President's cover photo
12/20/2018

NDU President's cover photo

CISA HDF & NESP Graduation 2018
12/19/2018
CISA HDF & NESP Graduation 2018

CISA HDF & NESP Graduation 2018

On December 12, 2018, students from the College of International Security Affairs' Homeland Defense Fellowship and Nuclear Energy Security Programs graduated with a ceremony and reception in Lincoln Hall at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. The images you see here are products of the photo and video ev...

National Defense University was honored to induct the 65th member of the International Hall of Fame, National War Colleg...
12/07/2018

National Defense University was honored to induct the 65th member of the International Hall of Fame, National War College Class of 2008 graduate General Ricardo Gómez Nieto, Chief of the Colombian Army.

NDU International Fellows Alumni
National War College Alumni Association

Thank you to the The American Academy of Diplomacy for co-sponsoring our President's Lecture Series today. AMB Deborah M...
11/29/2018

Thank you to the The American Academy of Diplomacy for co-sponsoring our President's Lecture Series today. AMB Deborah McCarthy moderated a panel on civilian-military relations featuring AMB Ryan Crocker, AMB Dawn Liberi, General (ret.) Lloyd Austin, and General (ret.) Raymond Odierno.

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