Dense Urban Studies

Strategic Broadening Seminar


2 weeks (consecutive)


New York City and surrounding areas


Program Brochure

The Future is Now

Dense Urban Studies (DUS) is a Strategic Broadening Seminar (SBS) developed and executed by the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) in collaboration with the National Center for Urban Operations (NCUO). Offered twice a year, this highly acclaimed educational seminar provides the 30+ joint participant cohort with a two-week educational and experiential learning opportunity to explore and understand the urban triad (population, terrain, infrastructure). Military and DoD civilian leaders walk away better equipped to plan and fight in multi-domain and large-scale urban operational environments. Based out of Ft. Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY, participants receive unparalleled access to esteemed faculty, DoD experts, and experienced practitioners across New York’s public and private sectors.


“In their lifetime, most people wouldn’t get to experience one or two of the opportunities that we were provided. However, this course is so incredible, that we got to have those experiences daily.”  

DUS Alumnus

Getting Into the Field

Site visits with local academia, government entities, authorities, agencies, and companies may include:

  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Fire Department of New York (FDNY)
  • New York City Police Department (NYPD)
  • New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM)
  • U.S. Coast Guard – Sector New York
IDB & NCUO Team with DUS Cohort headed to 9/11
IDB & NCUO Team with DUS Cohort headed to 9/11 memorial events
  • Understand the characteristics of Dense Urban and Subterranean Environments via environmental immersion
  • Appreciate the Interagency and Interoperability network challenges that come from operating in a Dense Urban Environments
  • Comprehend and formulate successful approaches to large scale combat operations in Dense Urban Environments
  • Identify unique logistical challenges associated with sustaining urban operations and planning considerations as well as courses of action to overcome them
  • Explore innovation as a solution to challenges presented by Dense Urban Environments
  • Assess the domains and encompassing dimensions of the urban operational environment to effectively appreciate its complexity
  • Link operational impacts to humanitarian needs and discuss methods to ensure stability
  • Understand Strategic Compression, how tactical events can have a strategic impact in dense urban areas
  • Understand and appreciate the complex forms of urban governance as well as the geopolitical implications of urban conflict
  • Explore and understand the effects of large-scale combat operations on critical infrastructure, economics, and information within dense urban areas

The program provides multiple delivery methods
for adult learning:


  • Traditional classroom in-residence on post at Ft. Hamilton in Brooklyn
  • Expert-led group discussions and fireside chats
  • Exclusive on-site visits to agencies and facilities around NYC
  • Guest speakers
  • Small group scenario work

0-3 to 0-4
Chief Warrant Officers
Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (bachelor’s degree preferred)

Expansive and unrestricted access to institution experts

  • Duke Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Northeastern University
  • UNC Blue Sky Innovations
  • UNC Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense
  • Emory University Goizueta Business School
  • The Eisenhower School for National Security Resource Strategy
  • IU Kelley School of Business

Program sessions, faculty, dates, and pricing, although current at the time of publication, are subject to change.


Includes tuition, materials, meals, and lodging

Click here to pre-register.

For additional information contact us at solutions@idb.org or 919-969-8008.

Program sessions, faculty, dates, and pricing, although current at the time of publication, are subject to change