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Institute for National Security Studies

The USAF Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) is located within the USAFA facility.  From its inception in 1992, INSS has focused on strategic security, arms control, and strategic stability, advising the Air Force strategic policy and arms control communities on current and emerging issues of interest.

The mission of INSS is to promote national security policy research for the Department of Defense within the military academic community, to foster the development of strategic perspective within the United States Armed Forces, and to support national security discourse through outreach and education.

Air Force sponsorship to INSS comes from the HAF/A10, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration.  Other core sponsors include the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the broader Defense strategic research community.

Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts Countering WMD

In 2016 INSS assumed management of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The link to the PASCC homepage can be found here:



  • Strategic policy and strategy research and analysis
  • Arms control and strategic stability
  • Strategic deterrence and assurance
  • Proliferation and countering weapons of mass destruction
  • Emerging strategic security challenges
  • Re-conceptualizing strategic stability:
  • Future of arms control
  • China’s nuclear future
  • Countering WMD challenges and the emerging strategic environment
  • Regional strategic challengers, conflicts and concepts of escalation

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