College of International Security Affairs National Defense University National Defense University
Joint Special Operations Master of Arts Program
3915 Ardennes Road, COL Aaron Bank Hall, Fort Bragg, NC 28310-5000 — (910) 396-5139

The College of International Security Affairs (CISA)

is one of National Defense University's five colleges and is JSOMA's parent institution. CISA educates students from across the international, interagency and interservice communities. Graduates include alumni from more than 85 countries and every major U.S. federal executive agency. CISA's mission is to educate and prepare civilian and military national security professionals and future leaders from the United States and partner nations for the strategic challenges of the contemporary security environment. CISA is the Department of Defense flagship for education and the building of partnership capacity in combating terrorism and irregular warfare at the strategic level. CISA prepares students for high-level policy and command and staff responsibilities through a graduate, interagency, and joint professional military education program. CISA's home campus is located on the grounds of historic Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC. (See CISA brochure.)


The Joint Special Operations Master of Arts (JSOMA) program is delivered to selected officers, warrant officers, and NCOs of US Special Operations Forces by NDU/CISA at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (JFKSWCS) at Fort Bragg, N.C. Over a ten-month period, students attend classes full-time at CISA’s location at SWCS to complete this rigorous 35-credit hour graduate program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Security Studies.

DR. MICHAEL BELL is NDU/CISA's Chancellor. Bell (COL, USA, ret.) holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland at College Park. His dissertation examined the worldview of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his administration’s approach to World War II in Europe. Bell also holds an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, where he completed an award-winning research fellowship on General John J. Pershing and the development of the American General Staff. He also authored a monograph published by the Strategic Studies Institute, The Exigencies of Global, Integrated Warfare: The Evolving Role of the CJCS and His Dedicated Staff.  Bell retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel in 2012 with over 29 years of active service, and his awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star, the combat action badge, and the parachutist badge. 

Dr. Craig DeareDR. CHARLES B. CUSHMAN is NDU/CISA's Dean of Academics. He came to NDU from Georgetown University, where he was a Senior Fellow at Georgetown's Government Affairs Institute. Previously, he spent a decade at the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, where he taught courses on political history, politics and public policy, national security policymaking, and Congress's roles in defense policy. Dr. Cushman is the author of An Introduction to the US Congress and a forthcoming book on Congress and national security policymaking. He completed a Ph.D. in American Politics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a 1986 graduate of West Point with nine years as an Army armor officer. He has also been a defense consultant working on force structure and strategy for the Aerospace Integration Task Force, HQUSAF; OSD; and the Space Commission and was defense and foreign affairs Legislative Assistant to Rep. David Price (D-NC) in the 105th Congress.

Dr. Craig DeareDR. CRAIG DEARE is NDU/CISA's Dean of Administration. Deare (COL, USA, ret.) was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1980 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Arizona, where he received his B.A. in Political Science. He earned both an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps University’s Command & General Staff College.

Dr. Craig DeareMR. DAVID "WALLY" WALTON is JSOMA's Program Chair. Professor Walton is a former active-duty Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel with over two decades of military service, recently retiring as the Director of Special Operations Education.  He holds a Master of Arts in Security Management and is a Doctoral candidate in Education Leadership with a concentration in Postsecondary and Higher Education from Argosy University.


JSOMA Faculty

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Christie LoredoMs. Angela Eide is JSOMA's Program Coordinator. She recently separated from the Air Force where she was a 21R Logistics Officer for eight years. She has an M.A. in International Relations/Counter Terrorism from American Military University and a B.A. in Political Science from Angelo State University. Her last assignment was Deployment Distribution Commander at Robins AFB, GA, supporting JSTARS deployments.


Nate GreerMr. Nate Greer is JSOMA's Information Technology Specialist. He retired for the US Army where he served as a Military Policeman for 20yrs, performing duties such as a Patrolman, Security Reaction Team member, Desk Sergeant, FBI-trained Hostage Negotiator, Installation Security Specialist, Anti-Terrorist Response Force member and is a certified Terrorism Planner. Additional duties included operations of the unit's IT infrastructure, for which he received Microsoft Server, Exchange Server and Cisco networks installation and management training. His last assignment was Network Enterprise Center, 69th Signal Battalion, Schweinfurt, Germany, providing services to the 280th Support Battalion and the 1st Infantry Division on Ledward and Conn Barracks as Network Manager.