Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security


The Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security (H-PSSS) serves both military and civilian students. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

NAU provides services specifically designed to meet military personnel and their dependents needs and recognizes the many sacrifices, challenges, and demands placed upon service members and their families, including extended deployments, temporary duty assignments, and frequent permanent change of stations.  NAU is committed to assisting military students to achieve their educational goals by providing quality education and exceptional student support services focused on the specific needs of veterans, active military, dependents, and retirees.

Through National American University, the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security:

  • offers over 65+ degree programs and 30+ certificates online;
  • is authorized to receive tuition assistance payments through the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU for all service branches; 
  • participates in the VA education benefit programs;
  • is a Yellow Ribbon school;
  • supports the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program;
  • participates in the President’s Principles of Excellence Program;
  • supports the 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success;
  • follows the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations to grant credit to students for learning acquired from approved organizations;
  • accepts JST, CCAF, CLEP, and DSST.

In March 2018, Henley-Putnam University became the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security at National American University. Prior to integrating with NAU, Henley-Putnam University was founded after ten years of arduous planning and research, and before the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, to contribute to the professional development of military, government, law enforcement and national security professionals. In the post-9/11 era, security and protection concerns have risen to unprecedented levels. The military, corporations and governments have increased focus on physical security and intelligence gathering on a local, state and national level in order to secure and protect personnel, data and facilities from terrorist attacks, workplace violence and other security threats. This trend has greatly increased the demand for intelligence, counterterrorism, and protection personnel in both the public and private sectors. Further, it has never been more important that those professionals have the very best training available.

The original founders of Henley-Putnam University possessed extensive backgrounds in strategic security including the intelligence, counterterrorism and protection communities and anticipated the need for improved professional training in the field of strategic security. To this end, they educated and trained with a focus on deterrence and prevention while continuing to incorporate the teaching of practical tradecraft. Henley-Putnam built a comprehensive, strategic security curriculum, supported by over 100 adjunct faculty members (many with top-secret security clearance) with extensive experience within the security industry. Faculty members have served in senior positions in the CIA, U.S. Secret Service, NSA, U.S. Navy Seals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Intelligence Agency, British Intelligence, U.S. Army Delta Force, as well as all branches of the U.S. Armed Services. These experts who have studied terrorism and worked in various capacities in the strategic security field can give hands-on, real life experiences to help students reach a confident level of capability.

As originally founded, H-PSSS is designed to contribute to the establishment of higher education standards in the areas of strategic security, intelligence and counter-terrorism. The ultimate purpose of the online bachelor’s, master's, doctoral degrees and certificates is to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals whose primary mission is the protection of human life. H-PSSS programs foster effective habits of study and the discipline of conceptual and practical work to help prepare those choosing to protect others and the nations of the world. It is evident that the need for such training and education grows ever more rapidly during these tumultuous times, especially with numerous shifts in geopolitics.

H-PSSS at NAU continues the commitment to the founders’ vision. All of the instructors are available to assist students with their coursework. H-PSSS mentors discuss student aspirations or goals from their unique backgrounds and experiences. Together, H-PSSS offers a tremendous network that will be the student's to use across their career. Welcome to the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security – the faculty and staff are here for students today and in the future.