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The National Defense University is an institution of higher education funded by the United States Department of Defense, intended to facilitate high-level training, education, and the development of national security strategy. It is chartered by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with Major General Frederick M. Padilla, USMC, as president. It is located on the grounds of Fort Lesley McNair in Washington, D.C.The university's mission is to support the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select interagency civilians in order to develop leaders that have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world. The school's master's program is a one-year intensive study program. Wikipedia.

Cheng Q.-Y.,National Defense University
Xitong Gongcheng Lilun yu Shijian/System Engineering Theory and Practice | Year: 2010

The structure entropy weight method which belongs to the subjective assignment and objective assignment method is studied based on the entropy theory. It is a kind of structure analysis method, which combines qualitative analysis and quantitative analysis to confirm the weight. The combination of Delphi method and fuzzy analysis method is its main thought. The quantitative order conclusion of weight can be obtained by the entropy theory. The structure entropy weight method puts forward a new method to confirm the weight of evaluating index.

Alden J.,National Defense University
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Network | Year: 2013

Mobile devices and applications are expected to have a significant impact on teaching and learning in the near future. Yet colleges and universities are currently facing severe budget constraints and discretionary funding is restricted for new initiatives. The question addressed in this paper is: "What strategy should an institution of higher learning with limited resources use in adapting the capabilities of mobile devices to benefit its academic programs?" To help answer this question, students were surveyed to identify their perceptions on the importance of a selected set of mobile learning functions, their experience with using those functions, their recommendation for a mobile learning adoption strategy, and information on the particular mobile devices they possess. The recommended strategy was "pick and choose special capabilities to develop" with the selected functions being (1) Receive alerts and reminders about assignments and appointments concerning the course being taken; (2) Communicate individually with faculty, an advisor, or other students using voice, email, or text messaging; (3) Post or reply to items in a poll, discussion board, or other application; and (4) Download and review lesson materials from a course being taken. Other recommendations included techniques for faculty and student support services as well as institutional policies for limiting models of mobile devices for use in courses, making online courseware for laptops and desktops the same as mobile learning courseware, and making the opportunity for mobile learning optional.

Pokalova E.,National Defense University
Terrorism and Political Violence | Year: 2016

Al Qaeda leaders have consistently praised the Chechen insurgents as an exemplary front of global jihad. Ayman al-Zawahiri recently applauded the steadfastness of the Chechen rebels and indicated that their resolve for jihad is worthy of emulation. Ever since the world found out about a war going on in the Muslim republic in the North Caucasus, Al Qaeda leadership has attempted to represent the Chechen struggle as one of its own battlefields. In turn, the Russian government has tried to justify its policies in the North Caucasus through demonstrating to the world that the Kremlin is fighting nothing less than Osama bin Laden’s agents in Chechnya. The North Caucasus insurgents in turn have embraced some of Al Qaeda’s narratives. While such narratives have proliferated, the factual evidence to show the direct links between the North Caucasus insurgents and Al Qaeda is still lacking. The article examines how terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda use framing for strategic ends. The evidence discussed here suggests that Al Qaeda, the North Caucasus insurgents, and the Russian government have adopted similar narratives. However, the lack of evidence to back up such narratives indicates the differences in reasons driving the convergence of the narratives. © 2016 Taylor & Francis

National Defense University | Date: 2011-04-02

The invention discloses a manufacturing method of a noble metal plating layer comprising the following steps: preparing a base material which is an alloy including a nickel base and at least one element with high oxidation valence on an object to be plated; soaking the object to be plated in a plating solution including pre-plating noble metal ions to make the element in the base material to be dissolved in the plating solution to obtain at least one ion with high oxidation valence; performing a chemical displacement reaction among the base material, the at least one ion having high oxidation valence, and the pre-plating noble metal ion in the plating solution to precipitate the pre-plating noble metal ion onto a surface of the object to be plated to form a noble metal plating layer.

Provided herein is a modified cobalt oxide based catalyst that includes cobalt oxide and lanthanum. The lanthanum is dispersed within the cobalt oxide, wherein the lanthanum is about 5-20% by weight of the modified cobalt oxide based catalyst. The method of producing the lanthanum modified cobalt oxide based catalyst and its use in producing hydrogen are also disclosed.

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