The National Defense University Foundation, Inc.

The NDU Foundation is committed to enhancing human security and global stability by investing in the education and leadership development of national security professionals studying at the National Defense University . 


By working to bridge the gap between what is necessary and what is possible with public funding, the NDU Foundation serves as the conduit for private-public partnerships at the University, enhancing NDU’s global reach, and ensuring that the National Defense University remains the crown jewel of joint interagency education.  


The NDU Foundation looks to build long-term relationships with our partners based on transparency, active engagement, access and responsiveness. As a “thank you” for your support, you will be invited to participate in Foundation-sponsored academic, social and professional activities, while benefitting from  opportunities unparalleled in scholarship and expertise in national security matters.  


The National Defense University

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C. on historic Ft. McNair, the National Defense University is the premier institution for studies in national and international security strategy and leadership development. 


Under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, five Colleges have united under one University, uniquely positioning NDU to effectively prepare military and civilian leaders from the United States and our partners in over 60 countries  to serve as tomorrow’s decision and policy makers and to transition from operational to strategic responsibilities at the highest levels of government.  


One of the few institutions where military, government, civilians and industry come together for joint, professional graduate education addressing global issues , NDU works to address the toughest questions in a variety of diverse realms in a world where conventional methods of warfare have evolved and dynamic, geopolitical complexities are the norm.