The Department is located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, in Fairfax, Virginia. Downtown Washington, D.C. is a short ride away on the subway system (the Metro). The Vienna Metro subway station is located less than half a mile from the Department. There is a free shuttle service to and from the Metro station. The National Capital Region is one of the main tourist areas in the United States and offers a broad variety of cultural, educational, and employment opportunities. Approximately 10 million people live in the region. 

The program’s location also provides DSS with the opportunity to draw adjunct faculty members from the top ranks of government, defense industry, and the intelligence community. The Washington, DC region’s stable economy and ever-expanding employment base provide the type of career opportunities that graduates of the DSS program find attractive. Historically, most DSS graduates find employment in the field prior to or shortly after graduation.