NSS Nomination and Selection Process


Please note: All nominations received after January 15, 2018 will be considered for next year's 2019 NSS event (3 - 6 June, 2019). Processing of 2019 NSS nominations will begin at the conclusion of this year's event.

NSS guests represent a cross-section of professions, occupations, geographic regions, experience, ages, contemporary interests and perspectives. Nominations come from a variety of sources - including prior NSS attendees, War College students and alumni, staff and faculty, the Army War College Foundation, as well as Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army from around the country.

You may nominate candidates by clicking the "Nominate NOW!" graphic on this web page.

Please note:

  • Nominations must be submitted by 15 January 2018 in order to be considered for the June 4 - 7, 2018 NSS.
  • Before submitting a nomination, please contact the person you are thinking of nominating to ensure that they are interested in attending the program, and that their schedule will allow them to attend the entire seminar. (Late arrivals are strongly discouraged.)
  • We do not accept self-nominations.
  • We do not accept repeat attendees - so that more nominees will be able to participate in, and realize the benefits of the NSS program.
  • Individuals who have a long association with the military will be considered on a case by case basis.

In early February, the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Commandant will select approximately 160 Nominees that provide a good representation of American society to participate in the seminar. Formal invitations will be sent to each Nominee selected at this time.

Invitees will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from the Carlisle-Harrisburg, PA area.

The U.S. Army War College will provide:

  • Hotel accommodations in the Carlisle area.
  • Daily transportation from the hotel to the Army War College (Carlisle, PA) and back.
  • Meals - daily lunch and dinner. (The hotel will provide a continental breakfast.)

NSS guests are not required to prepare for the Seminar ahead of time. Their individual experiential backgrounds, general awareness of key national and international issues, and personal commitment to the security and welfare of the Nation suffice for Seminar participation.



Contact Information

National Security Seminar
U.S. Army War College
ATTN: ACOM
632 Wright Avenue
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 717-245-3224
Email: usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.NSS-POC@mail.mil
Web: https://www.csl.army.mil/nss