Institute for National Strategic Studies
National Defense University
The Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) is National Defense University’s (NDU’s) dedicated research arm. INSS includes the Center for Strategic Research, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, Center for Complex Operations, and Center for Strategic Conferencing. The military and civilian analysts and staff who comprise INSS and its subcomponents execute their mission by performing research and analysis, publication, conferences, policy support, and outreach. The mission of INSS is to conduct strategic studies for the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unified Combatant Commands, to support the national strategic components of the academic programs at NDU, and to perform outreach to other U.S. Government agencies and to the broader national security community.
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates meets with Vice Chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission General Xu Caihou as U.S. Ambassador to China Clark T. Randt, Jr., left, and Chinese Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Ma Xiaotian, right, look on in Beijing, November 5, 2007.Photo courtesy of Department of Defense/Cherie A. Thurlby