New partnership with Ministry of Defence to deliver defence and security education

King’s College London

The new contract will provide agile and innovative teaching to military officers, public servants and security professionals from the UK and the UK’s international partners.

King’s College London has been awarded a new Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract to continue delivering defence and security education at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

Announced today (Tuesday 18 January), the contract will establish a new academic and research partnership aimed at enhancing educational provision for UK service personnel, civil servants and international allies.

The King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies (KIASS), in the School of Security Studies, will deliver defence and security education at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) and Army Division based at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham, and the Royal College for Defence Studies (RCDS) in London, with RAND Europe and Cranfield University collaborating with King’s to support academic provision.

Building on a 25-year partnership between King’s and the UK Defence Academy, the new Command and Staff Academic Provision Project (CSAP) will be implemented from September 2022 for up to seven years.

Speaking about the contract award, Professor Shitij Kapur, President & Principal of King’s College London, said:

“I am delighted that the Ministry of Defence has again chosen King’s in a new collaboration with RAND and Cranfield to be the academic provider for the JSCSC and RCDS at the UK Defence Academy.

“We are proud to build on a 25-year partnership with the UK Defence Academy and look forward to working together to enhance the intellectual capability of students across the military and government to meet the global security and defence challenges we face today and tomorrow.”

Professor Wyn Bowen, Head of the School of Security Studies at King’s said:

“The current and future strategic environment and rapidly evolving education technologies, demand that the provision of defence and is based on a future-focused, flexible, and innovative philosophy, together with a commitment to build the capacity for lifelong, relevant and continuous learning.

“Thanks to this new partnership between the UK Defence Academy and KIASS in collaboration with RAND and Cranfield, students will benefit from an enhanced academic framework that harnesses the combined knowledge, shared expertise and wider reach of the three partner institutions.”

Announcing the contract award, Major General Andrew Roe, the Chief Executive and Commandant of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, said:

“This exciting new partnership will deliver our continued goal of ever-evolving educational relevance to meet the needs of Defence. Geopolitics, technology and the character of warfare, and instructional methods will continue to change, and our Professional Defence and Security Education must keep pace and reside at the cutting-edge.”

KIASS and the School of Security Studies sit within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London.

This new direct contract between King’s and the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom will deliver academic support to command and staff provision at the Defence Academy and the Royal College of Defence Studies from September 2022.

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