Dear Class of 2017:

Congratulations on your selection to attend the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University!

To begin, please read this Welcome Letter from the CISA Chancellor, Dr. Michael Bell, and a Welcome Letter from the Dean of Students, Colonel Ann Knabe.

The Orientation schedules will be made available to students upon arrival. For information regarding semester start/end dates and other pertinent calendar information, please visit the Academic Calendar and Class Schedule page.

Additional information (as it becomes available) will be included on the CISA Google Sites Home Page, Orientation/New Student In-Processing webpage. This page will be accessible only to those with an NDU Google Cloud email address (ending in @gc.ndu.edu).

Reporting Instructions

CISA students should report to Abraham Lincoln Hall (Building 64) Room 2212 starting at 8:30 am on Monday 08 August 2016. An outline of Monday's events are below: 

  • 8:30 AM-9:15 AM, Abraham Lincoln Hall (Building 64), Room 2212: CISA students report for check-in with Registrar Sheila DeTurk
  • 9:30 AM-11:00 AM, Marshall Hall: Students report to Marshall Hall to complete NDU In-Processing.
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, Lincoln Hall Auditorium: Students attend the Chancellor's Welcome brief.
  • 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM: Lunch/ Individual Photos in Marshall Hall, Room 183 (NDU A/V)
  • 1:00 PM-3:30 PM (approximate), Lincoln Hall Room 2212: Students participate in CISA's IT Orientation, where laptops will be connected to the wireless network and CISA resources will be reviewed. Please bring the laptops you plan on using in class to ensure they can connect to the network.

Convocation and the CISA Orientation will take place from Aug 09-12. The schedule of events for those days will be provided on Monday 08 August.

Attire for the week will be:

  • Monday: Class B uniform for military & business attire for civilian
    • U.S. Military Students: Please bring your Class A uniform. They are not required to be worn for the entire day, but will be for the individual photos.
  • Tuesday: Class B Uniform for military & business attire for civilian
  • Wednesday: Class B Uniform for military & business attire for civilian
  • Thursday: Class B Uniform for military & business attire for civilian
  • Friday: Business attire for military and civilian

Arrival Information

The College of International Security Affairs (CISA) is located in Lincoln Hall at Fort Lesley J. McNair, 300 5th Avenue, Washington, DC 20319. Parking is available immediately in front of Lincoln Hall. The visitor's gate on 2nd Street SW is open 24/7. All vehicular traffic onto base MUST use this gate to access Fort McNair.

ID REQUIREMENTS: A federal or state government-issued photo ID with biographic information such as name, date of birth, gender, and address is required. For complete driving or metro directions, click here.

For planning purposes for the first week, you should expect to be in session from 0830-1630 each day.

Base Access

MAIN GATE/CEREMONIAL GATE: The main gate on P Street SW will only have the pedestrian gate open to Fort McNair residents and DoD ID card holders requiring 24/7 JFHQ-NCR-MDW mission access. Effective Friday, 24 June, the ceremonial gate will not be open to vehicular traffic until further notice.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN HALL: Following in-processing, you will be issued an NDU Badge which will give you access to Abraham Lincoln Hall (CISA location).  **Note: If you are visiting prior to 8 August, you will need to provide military or government ID at the entrance and provide the name of your point of contact.

Check-In Information

Army: Contact CISA Army Service Chair, LTC David Dudas (202) 433-9662 or david.m.dudas.mil@ndu.edu prior to signing out of your closing command.  Duty uniform is Class B.  Army students will meet with LTC Dudas during the first week of the academic year; schedule TBD. 

Air Force: Contact CISA USAF Chair, LtCol Donald Palmer (202) 433-9664 or Donald.Palmer@ndu.edu prior to signing out of your closing command.  Uniform is short sleeve blue shirt.

All Sea Services: Contact CISA Sea Service Chair & Deputy Program Director of the South & Central Asia Security Studies Program, CDR Kyle Taylor (202) 685-3875 or kyle.w.taylor.mil@gc.ndu.edu.

AFPAK Hands Liaison: CDR Mitch Albin, US,  Room 2138 Lincoln Hall, Ft. McNair, Wash DC 20319  (202) 433.5895 or Mitchell.w.albin.mil@gc.ndu.edu

DoD Civilians: Not required to sign-in until the first day of in-processing on Monday 8 August.  Dress code for in-processing is business.

Non-DOD Civilians: Contact Sheila DeTurk, Director of Student Academic Affairs, for any additional information or concerns relating to reporting instructions at (202) 685-7784 or Sheila.deturk@ndu.edu.

Information Technology

All US students should bring their own laptops. The CISA Information Management Officer ("IMO") suggests the following devices:

  • Laptop not older than 2-3 years, OS Windows 7,8,10, OS X El Capitan or later
    • Please be aware that devices bought in foreign countries may not work on the NDU wireless network. If you are living outside the U.S., it is highly recommended that you wait to purchase a laptop until you arrive at NDU and consult with CISA's Information Management Officer.
  • Tablets, such as iPads and Microsoft Surface devices.
    • Please note that assignment formatting functionality will be limited on tablet operating systems- such as the iPad's iOS Version 9.3.1, or Microsoft Windows RT 8 (used on many Surface tablets & other laptops). The Microsoft Office applications for tablets do not have full formatting functionality needed for student papers and the thesis.
    • On Windows RT 8, certain eBooks are not downloadable, since Adobe Digital Editions cannot be downloaded and installed using that operating system.
    • Tablets are acceptable for daily classroom use, but a laptop or desktop computer may be needed for certain occasions.
    • Computers are available for use (CAC access only) in the NDU Library, located in Marshall Hall on the second floor.

Most modern tablets running either Android or Apple iOS will be able to connect to the campus wireless network.

NDU has a wireless network, and a secure enterprise wired network. Students will receive a wireless network account allowing their use of their devices throughout the school and library. Students can request accounts to access the wired enterprise network. The library’s .mil café is open to students who need access to restricted .mil domains.

Students should bring their relatively new tablet or laptop of their personal preference to the In-Processing in August. Word processing will be available through the Google Cloud; however, NDU recommends student devices be loaded with Microsoft Office or Open Office to allow for offline work, however it should be noted that MS Office is strongly preferred. Students should also protect their personal devices with anti-virus software appropriate for their device.

More information about the NDU technology and computing environment is available on the NDU Incoming Students Web site.