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About CSS

Who We Are


ASU’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies will produce cross-culturally competent students able to understand and influence outcomes in support of American national security objectives. While these learning objectives cut across many professional agencies, they share an emphasis on current and emerging national security threats.


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 CSS is designed to provide a stimulating environment within which professionals may engage in academic and practical discussions on issues with national security implications. Our faculty are hand-picked for academic and professional experiences which sets the CSS apart from most other universities and colleges.

Developing Future Leaders

The Department is focused on its mission to educate the next generation of national security leaders. While many of our students are active military, our programs reach out to career professionals in criminal justice, terrorism and cybersecurity. Our programs blend specific learning with a robust set of regional, cultural and language skills, insuring an exceptional and highly employable graduate. .

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.

Source: Department of Defense Publication Website - Quadrennial Defense Review