To prepare future defense and security leaders for high positions of responsibility and command and undertake strategic research and special studies as basis for the formulation of policies to enhance national defense and security, and programs and projects in pursuit of the Deparment of National Denfense (DND) mission. (DND Circular 02 dated 04 May 2007)


To be a center of excellence in educational and policy development for strategic dynamic leaders in national defense and security in the Asia Pacific by 2022



a. Undertake an academic program and confer the degree of Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) or such other appropriate courses upon all its students who have satisfactorily completed the prescribed courses of study;

b. Undertake a research program as basis in the formulation of national defense and security policies;

c. Conduct extension program such as non-degree training, seminar-workshops, policy conferences, and other similar fora on national defense and security issues;

d. Conduct other programs and projects in support of the mission of the DND and its bureaus and offices, and other government agencies; and,

e. Perform such other relevant functions as may be required by the appropriate authorities.



a. Enhance NDCP’s four pillars of education (i.e. Students, Curriculum, Faculty, Facilities & Support Systems)

b. Enhance the conduct of research studies as basis for the formulation of policies pertaining to national defense and security.

c. Strengthen linkages with local, regional, and international counterparts or partner institutions.

d. Attain organizational health and institutional development for NDCP to better accomplish its vision, mission and goals in the medium and long terms.



The foregoing thrusts are in line with the following priority initiatives of the current NDCP leadership:

a. Strengthen the responsiveness of the MNSA curriculum to global realities of security management of governance given the emerging nontraditional threats and imperatives of the cooperation towards sustainable peace and development;

b. Put the educational rigors within the standards of professional schools as defined by the Commission on Higher Education. This would ensure a rigor that would put a balance between academics and practice. At the very least, all Course Directors should not only be PhD holders but also considered practitioners in the field. A full time Dean should also be appointed who will head the Academic Board

c. Rationalize admission and the MNSA Course for designation to certain high positions. There is a need to identify key institutions in the national security community, the government bureaucracy, and the private sector as priority for admission;

d. Spearhead the academic integration of defense security education from the Philippine Military Academy to NDCP benchmarking with the best practices of the National Defense University in Washington DC and the military education system of Australia, among others;

e. Set up NDCP as a center of excellence that will serve as fulcrum of idea generation in research and development in partnership with similarly situated institutions like the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Asian Institute of Management (AIM), and other institutes that would eventually be a part of the Policy and Academic Network for Development and Security (PAN DevSec);

f. Take an active role in the international partnerships and encourage more academic and research exchanges amongst senior officers;

g. In partnership with its 2,097 strong alumni geographically spread all over the country, through its research and extension arm, spearhead the propagation of national security consciousness and popularize the National Security Policy as an equal document of the Philippine Development Plan; and finally,

h. Be a strong and able partner of DND, NSC and AFP in its researches. Develop an annual research agenda that will include scenarios building that would respond to the needs of various defense institutions.