Exclusively Focused on Intelligence and Strategic Security

The Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security at NAU combines both analytical and practical education taught by experts who share their real-world knowledge of field operations, as well as the most current tactical insights. From delivering precise written and verbal communication to being able to perform quantitative analysis, our faculty specializes in educating national intelligence and security experts.

Our security-centric education spans all spectrums of threat detection, prevention and government intelligence. Each course is taught by high ranking professionals with a strong combination of academic and operational experience. Find out more about our academic team here.


Henley-Putnam University was founded in 2001 as the California University of Protection and Intelligence Management by former members of the CIA, U.S. Secret Service, FBI and others in the intelligence community. National American University acquired the university in early 2018 and renamed it as the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security.

Colonel David Henley and General Israel Putnam both served under General George Washington in the American Revolutionary War. Henley specialized in organizing and analyzing streams of raw data, while Putnam focused on actively using agents, debriefing deserters, and interrogating prisoners to acquire intelligence.

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