Who We Are
ASU’s Center for Security Studies (CSS) will produce cross-culturally competent students able to understand and influence outcomes in support of American national security objectives. The CSS will work with and directly benefit active duty military and civilians by providing a program to complete their undergraduate degrees and by offering research opportunities on existing and emerging U.S. Air Force language, culture and intelligence requirements.
Our vision is to become an internationally renowned Center for Security Studies with world-class faculty and advanced teaching technologies, delivering cutting-edge, culturally based education to a range of military and civilian students.
Our mission is to produce the best culture- and national security-focused graduates in the United States, focusing foremost on military personnel and federal civilian employees. They will compete exceptionally well in the global arena, making lasting contributions to United States national security and economic prowess, and successfully engage in culturally informed interactions with other countries to increase international stability, cooperation and prosperity.
Why CSS is Important
The Quadrennial Defense Review Report published by the Department of Defense (DoD) in February of 2010 summarized the goals of the DoD. Many of these goals played an important role in the development of the ASU Center for Security Studies.
Developing Future Military Leaders
The Department will continue its work to ensure that America’s cadre of commissioned and noncommissioned officers are prepared for the full range of complex missions that the future security environment will demand. DoD will continue to place special emphasis on stability operations, counterinsurgency and the building of partner capacity skill sets in its professional military education and career development policies. Examples of efforts in this area include:
- Building expertise in foreign language, regional and cultural skills;
- Recognizing joint experience whenever and wherever it occurs in an officer’s career; and
- Ensuring that the Department’s educational institutions have the right resources and faculty that can help prepare the next generation of military leaders.
Enhance Linguistic, Regional and Cultural Ability
Operating in partnership with host nation security forces and among local populations puts a premium on foreign language skills and regional and cultural knowledge. Today’s operating environment demands a much greater degree of language and regional expertise requiring years, not weeks, of training and education, as well as a greater understanding of the factors that drive social change.