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Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (ES) – National Defense University, Washington, DC


The mission of ES is to prepare future leaders in the military, government, and private industry for success in developing national security strategy and policy with a focus on evaluation, marshalling, and managing national resources. The Eisenhower School awards its graduates a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy and is accredited by the CJCS as a Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase II senior-level college as established in the CJCS Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP) CJCSI 1800.01.

Additionally, The Eisenhower School has been designated by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics to conduct the senior acquisition course for selected students as part of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). The Senior Acquisition Course (SAC) is the preeminent course for members of the Acquisition Corps. The course is designed to prepare selected military officers and civilians for senior leadership and staff positions throughout the acquisition community. The duration of the program is 10 months.


Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (ES) is focused on national security studies, strategic leadership, economics, and strategy and logistics. The program also includes a capstone study of industry that requires development of a strategic perspective on the U.S. and global industrial base, and its role in supporting the resource requirements of national security.


The following criteria must be met by individuals to be eligible to attend:

Eisenhower School - GS 14 or higher

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Any individual who has completed a degree under a Department of Homeland Security Graduate Academic Program within the last three years will not be eligible to apply.

Federal employees who have been with DHS for at least one year at the time the application is due are eligible to apply. Employees must have achieved at least a “Meets Expectations” or equivalent on their last review, and must be in good standing.

All applicants should have some leadership experience, and desire to move into a senior leadership position within DHS. These individuals will have experience in developing and implementing strategy and policy; have some level of experience in joint or interagency activities; and wish to expand their critical thinking skills.

Security Clearance

Secret (Applicants must have the required final security clearance to participate. Security clearance must be current at the time of nomination and remain current throughout the academic year.)

Course Dates

Timeframe: August 2016 to May 2017 Application Deadline: December 3, 2015

Enrollment Procedures

To apply:

  1. Complete a DoD Application Form.
  2. Submit a current OF612, resume, or equivalent documentation, signed and dated by the applicant showing current home address.
  3. Include a letter of nomination in CG memo format from the first flag officer or SES in the applicant's chain of command.
  4. Submit a copy of their current security clearance.
  5. Submit a completed SF-182, including a signed Continued Service Agreement (pages 4-5 of the SF-182).
  6. Scan the documents (in paragraphs 2-4 above) into a .pdf file and send as an email attachment Include the course title within the subject line of the email.

Selection Procedures

A selection panel will review the application packages of all eligible nominees. Candidates will be notified by record message traffic of their selection. (Alternates will be selected to attend the program in the event a primary candidate cannot attend.)


Tuition and fees are funded through arrangements between DHS and the Department of Defense. Travel, lodging, and per diem cost will be paid by Coast Guard Headquarters (AFC 56 "C" school account). Participants will be required to sign a Continuing Service Agreement if selected to participate to attend a school. The service obligation for the Department of Defense Senior Service Schools is 30 months.

For further information visit the ES website.

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