Job Overview


This is a senior leader position in the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) within the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University (NDU). 

The National Defense University, under the direction and leadership of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and oversight of the Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff (J-7), offers a collegial and collaborative academic environment to support the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an upredictable and complex world in order to anticipate and overcome future challenges to national security. 

The mission of the Institute for national Strategic Studies (INSS) is to conduct research in support of the academic and leader development programs at NDU, and to provide strategic support to the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unified combatant Commands. INSS  includes the following Centers: the Center for Strategic Research (CSR), the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (CSCMA), the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP), the Center for Complex Operations (CCO), and the National Defense University Press (NDU Press).

 The mission of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy is to research national security and defense policies in the context of transformational changes in emerging technology, advanced concepts, actionable recommendations, to publish and distribute findings, and to introduce research results in the joint professional military education classroom.


The Director exercises senior executive direction over all Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) activities under the guidance of the NDU President and the Director of Research and Strategic Support.

Coordinates with the Director for Research and Strategic Support, the other Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) research centers and other components throughout the University to determine requirements to support the missions of joint education and leader development.

Engages stakeholders within the Joint Staff, Office of the Security Defense (OSD) (primarily Policy and Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics), and the other agencies regarding the potential undertaking of dual-purpose (Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) and stakeholder) research projects.

Initiates, manages, reviews, and presents the results and implications of strategic studies, including independent research, policy reviews, and planning initiatives, in response to direct tasking from stakeholders to provide strategic support or in support of the NDU mission.

Maintains currency in area related to the CTNSP mission by interacting with University officials, foreign areas specialists, strategic analysts, industrial managers, economists, and other experts or authorities in relevant fields.

Creates new, cutting-edge knowledge that not only informs current DoD and interagency leaders, but best develops, educates, and prepares students for their roles as National Security leaders in an unpredictable and complex world.

Enhances faculty development regarding the impact of technology as it pertains to their communities of interest and facilitates the infusion of new knowledge into the curricula and fosters continuous learning for faculty and students.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel requirements for this position are occasional. The incumbent may be required to travel up to 10-15% of the time and travel may occasionally involve hostile and/or austere environments, if required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No