The Security Studies Program is incorporated into the SFS. Originally the program was founded in 1977 as part of the Master of Arts in the Department of Government.The National Security Studies Program (NSSP) was founded in 1977 as a certificate program associated with the Master of Arts in the Department of Government, and classes were held in the Pentagon. Founder and NSSP Director Dr. Stephen Gibert conceived the program as a “defense MBA;” a concentrated, specialized course of study in defense analysis. In 1984, the program officially became the Master of Arts in National Security Studies, and in 1994, the NSSP discontinued all courses at the Pentagon and expanded its offerings on the University’s main campus. The Center for Security Studies (CSS), which houses the Security Studies Master’s Program was created in 2000.