National Intelligence University begins move to Intelligence Community Campus in Bethesda, MD
National Intelligence University (NIU) is relocating to a new facility on the Intelligence Community Campus in Bethesda, Maryland (ICC-B), the Defense Intelligence Agency announced January 27. The phased move of the NIU main campus out of the District of Columbia to Bethesda began in December and will be completed in late February.
The move has been termed an inflection point in the institution’s 55-year history; it is the culmination of the evolution of NIU from a Defense Department schoolhouse to an accredited university serving the entire U.S. Intelligence Community. The new state-of-the-art facility in Bethesda, designed by a firm specializing in academic architecture, is the result of a significant capital investment by intelligence community leadership in the career development of future leaders of the intelligence and national security communities.
Originally established in 1962 as the Defense Intelligence School, the NIU has been located on military bases throughout its history – on Anacostia Naval Station from 1963-1983, and inside the Defense Intelligence Agency Headquarters from 1983 to present. The move to Bethesda follows the school’s 2011 renaming as the National Intelligence University.
NIU is an accredited federal degree-granting institution that offers two master’s degrees, a bachelor’s degree and a growing number of graduate certificate programs. It is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Its graduates are past, present, and future leaders in the intelligence and national security communities and in the private sector.