The mission of the NDU is to impart higher education in policy and strategy formulation at various tiers with emphasis on national security and defence, and act as a national think tank.
VISIONThe NDU will be the premier institution of the country, distinguished because of the disciplines it will be pursuing. It will be catering for the needs of the senior leadership from various segments of the society, both domestic and international, in comprehending security issues and policy / strategy formulation. It will be a center of excellence in academic and research pursuits in diversified disciplines providing well thoughts out inputs on national security at strategic level. The University will promote the cause of a free , open and critical inquiry and scholarly debate in the service of the society.