Sample session topics include:
- Megacity Methodologies: Political, Operational, and Tactical
- Large Scale City Simulation and Smart Cities
- Systems Thinking
- Strategic Policy Breakout Group Exercises
- Interdependence, Risks and Community Service Effects of Extreme Events
- Cyber-security in a Geopolitical Context
Experiential learning occurs through site visits with local academia, government, authorities, agencies, and companies in New York City.
Visits may include:
- Port Authority of New York/New Jersey
- Fire Department of New York
- Task Force Empire Shield
- Global financial institutions
- City and national emergency agencies
Private sector: Mid-career national security professionals with a Bachelor’s Degree
Public sector: Centrally selected Army Warrant Officers and Senior NCOs; mid-career O-3/O-4; and other sister services and government agencies with a Bachelor’s Degree
Other: Representatives from NGO’s and non-profit organizations
The faculty members and speakers for this program come from academic institutions such as New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy; also, the private sector, and the U.S. Military and Government.
Key faculty include:
- Professor Timothy Nichols, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy
- Dr. Mitchell Moss, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
- Dr. Steve Walton, Emory University Goizueta Business School
- Dr. Maria Haberfeld, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Tuition and Location:
$8,900 (including tuition and opening dinner)
Training base, Fort Hamilton, NY; Manhattan, Brooklyn, & Queens
Government Sponsored Students
Government sponsored students are either centrally funded or funded by their units. The sponsoring entity normally selects the students and submits an application package to be approved by the IDB.
Private Sector or Self-Selected Students
If you are interested in sponsoring yourself, please contact the program office for more information.
Mike Bogdahn (For enrollment information)
Institute for Defense & Business
Clark Streets (For program questions)
Institute for Defense & Business
What to Expect:
Taking place on Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY, and using the city of New York as a laboratory, the IDB DUS SBS is an academic, intensive, two-week in-residence program. The program operates in a fast-paced environment, where classes, exercises, and site tours are held five days a week. You will have the opportunity to challenge the thoughts of your fellow peers, world-renowned academics, speakers that are experienced professionals, but most importantly, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself.
Students can expect three full days in the classroom at Fort Hamilton, as well as other classroom sessions interspersed throughout the program. All of our faculty and speakers use various learning tools and styles. Professors may lecture on topics to provide the big picture theories and follow with a hands-on learning activity or they may provide a discussion-based atmosphere for students to discuss among themselves and with the professor. Classroom sessions may also feature breakout exercises to examine specific issues more in-depth and then return to present to the entire class. In class sessions at Fort Hamilton normally wrap up by 5 pm with a few later exceptions when returning from location visits in NYC.
Off-site visits are essential to the IDB DUS SBS. The class will visit with private sector companies, influential speakers, city agencies, and federal agencies, in addition to tours of infrastructure in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Students are expected to fully engage with the program. Faculty often distribute pre-reads (in the form of articles and/or books) in order to help students prepare for their classroom session. Laptops and electronic devices are strongly advised as there will be digital documents distributed every night. The IDB DUS SBS culminates in group presentations before a panel on the final day of the seminar. Students will work with their groups on a topic assigned early on in the course in order to prepare their presentation.
Endless Networking Opportunities
With Your Classmates
During the two-week program, you will attend class up to seven hours a day with your fellow classmates, who are from all over the U.S. Army and other participating organizations. Whether it’s working in small groups, both inside and outside the classroom, having a discussion over dinner in Brooklyn, or navigating the NYC subway system, you will learn from one another through your experiences.
With Academics and Speakers
The IDB DUS SBS academics, speakers, and site tour guides understand the value of this program and the impact it will have on you and your organization as you progress through your career. It is not uncommon for speakers to join the class for lunch and/or to share contact information after the conclusion of a site tour or classroom session and remain engaged with the participants.