Institute for National Strategic Studies

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The Institute for National Strategic Studies was established in 1984 by the Secretary of Defense within the National Defense University (NDU). The INSS "operates under a charter from the Secretary of Defense and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Director of the Joint Staff."[1]

One of the founding directors of the Institute was John Despres.

INSS Staff


  • Policy research and analysis and other support to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, unified commands, and other U.S. Government agencies in developing and advancing national security strategy and defense policy;
  • Support of NDU educational missions, other professional military education institutions, and interagency training programs by providing regional/functional expertise and of state-of-the-art strategic gaming and simulation exercises;
  • Outreach activities, including an extensive program of publications and conferences, to inform the national security and defense policy debate in the U.S. and abroad.


Fort McNair
Washington, DC 20319
Tel. 202-685-2335
Fax. 202-685-3972

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