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The Center on Contemporary Conflict

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As the principal research wing of the Naval Postgraduate School's Department of National Security Affairs, the Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC) contributes to the expansion of knowledge on critical security issues—especially current and emerging threats to U.S. national security and that of its allies—and is uniquely positioned to form a bridge between academia, policy makers, and military personnel.

In addition to conducting federally sponsored research, the CCC supports federal missions by managing programs and facilitating federal sponsorships for other private institutions. Historically, our largest such effort was the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC), which was housed at NPS until the end of FY2016. CCC served as the program planning and implementation office, research center, and intellectual clearinghouse for the execution of analysis and future-oriented studies and dialogues for DTRA-Strategies and Plans. We cultivated interconnected national and international strategic research community partnerships and supported scientific, technical and social science experts to look well into the future to help understand and anticipate WMD/WME capabilities.

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Beginning 1 October 2017, the administration of PASCC transitioned to the U.S. Air Force Academy's Institute of National Strategic Studies.  For updated information about the PASCC program, please visit the U.S. Air Force Academy's PASCC website. 

As of 1 October 2017, NPS will no longer update the PASCC portion of this website except to post reports from projects funded in FY16.


All PASCC reports will continue to be archived by the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). Most reports are publicly available, with a small collection of For Official Use Only (FOUO) reports that require user authentication and log-on to access.

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