Computer Information

Memo for Incoming International Fellows on Information Technology (IT) Support Class of 2014

  1. National Defense University has recently transitioned to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment in which all students, both American and international, are asked to provide their own technology hardware and software for use during the academic year.
  2. While you may want to purchase a device in your home country, it is highly recommended that you wait until you arrive at NDU before purchasing any hardware or software.
  3. The wireless network at NDU complies with the provisions of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).  All devices with access to the NDU network must also comply with these standards.  Many devices bought in foreign countries do not have compatible hardware and software protections, and therefore will not be allowed to access the network.  In some cases, even when the same exact version of a device bought in a foreign country exists in the United States, it will not work on the NDU wireless network.  (For example, an iPad bought overseas may not work on the NDU wireless network, but an iPad bought in the US does.)
  4. If you already own a device, you are welcome to test it on the NDU wireless network during your first week at NDU, but we cannot guarantee you that it will work.
  5. ISMO will assist you in shopping for a laptop and/or tablet when you arrive—we will have a number of examples set up during your first week of orientation that you can test.    ISMO staff will be ready to answer any questions you may have regarding purchasing a device.  The estimated price range for a laptop is $500-$1500 and for a tablet is $400-$1000.
  6. You must have an approved device by Monday, 1 July (second week of orientation).
  7. Most NDU students have both a laptop and a tablet.  Both types of devices will be on display to test during your first week at NDU.
  8. If you purchase a laptop/tablet  in the USA, ISMO and NDU staff will provide training on use of that device, as long as it runs a currently supported version of Windows, Macintosh, iOS (Apple’s mobile operating system), or Microsoft’s mobile operating system.  Other devices that work on the NDU wireless network are welcome if the student knows how to use it, but only limited assistance can be provided.
  9. If you have any questions about IT support for the coming academic year, please contact either of the  transition officers:

Daniel Magalotti – daniel.magalotti(a)

Elizabeth Becker – elizabeth.becker3(a)