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The Institute for National Security Education and Research (INSER) develops and implements graduate-level education programs targeted at national security professionals. For example, it currently works with Texas A&M's Bush School of Government and Public Service to provide a Graduate Certificate program in National Security Affairs to selected employees from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. INSER also organizes and implements multidisciplinary research and development programs that are relevant to national security. Current programs include those targeted at nuclear nonproliferation, scientific simulation relevant to national security, and homeland and international security.

INSER is a joint center of Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, an engineering research agency of the State of Texas and a member of The Texas A&M University System.

National Security Affairs Program

National Security Affairs program is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the formation and operation of United States national security policy. This graduate level certificate program is intended for individuals already established in professional careers involving national security. Individuals or organizations, acting on behalf of selected employees, may apply to the certificate program. Public agencies or private firms may enter into a contract for employees whom they select for participation in the program.

The plan of study for the Certificate in National Security Affairs requires 12 credit hours of coursework, including 6 credit hours that must be taken in a short, intensive residential term at Texas A&M University. The remaining 6 credit hours will be taken via distance education methods, primarily synchronous video teleconferencing. 

For more information, visit the program web page.


The first group of national security leadership students from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, along with Professors Jim Olson and Jasen Castillo, celebrate the successful completion of their summer intelligence course  in 2008.