PRISM is published by the Center for Complex Operations. PRISM is a security studies journal chartered to inform members of U.S. Federal Agencies, Allies, and other partners on complex and integrated national security operations; reconstruction and nationbuilding; relevant policy and strategy; lessons learned; and developments in training and education to transform America’s security and development apparatus to meet tomorrow’s challenges better while promoting freedom today.

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PRISM, a quarterly journal published by the Center for Complex Operations (CCO) at the National Defense University, is pleased to invite manuscripts for PRISM. 

Articles should be no longer than 5,000 words and must emphasize second-and third-order analysis. Authors are encouraged to use clear, persuasive prose and avoid the use of technical or military jargon and hackneyed phrases. Citations are best formatted as endnotes. Additional guidance on manuscript preparation can be found on the CCO website here..

Please direct submissions to or to the address below for receipt no later than June 30, 2017; any manuscripts that are sent to NDU staff email accounts will not be accepted. If you choose to mail a hard copy, please provide a phone number and email for feedback. Please also retain a copy of your submission as we do not return manuscripts.

Editor, PRISM
260 Fifth Avenue
Fort Lesley J. McNair
Washington DC 20319

Publication threshold varies but is largely determined by topical relevance, continuing education for national and international security professionals, scholarly standards of argumentation, quality of writing, and readability.  To help achieve threshold, authors are strongly encouraged to recommend clear solutions or to arm the reader with actionable knowledge. 

We review material on a rolling basis. If my staff is unable to publish a submission within four months of acceptance, PRISM will revert publication rights to the author so that they may explore other publication options.


Michael Miklaucic

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