Military and Defence Studies Program

Military and Defence Studies Program

Strategic and Defence Studies Centre – Australian War College (formerly the Australian Command & Staff College)

The Australian National University has partnered with the Australian War College to provide a world leading mid-career military qualification for the Australian Defence Force.

The Military and Defence Studies Program delivered at the Australian War College is a fully integrated course developed by an academic team from the University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the Australian War College military directing staff.

It provides an innovative education model based upon a military-university partnership in order to meet the challenges and objectives of Australia’s Defence Force and to develop its future leaders.

As part of the integrated course, ANU will deliver the following courses:

  • Strategy
  • Australia’s Strategic Environment
  • Operations I
  • Operations II
  • Australia’s Strategic and Defence Policy
  • Leadership Theory

As well as educating Australia’s future military leaders, the Australian War College will also invite exchange officers from foreign armed forces, as well as a small number of Australian Public Servants, to benefit from the learning and development opportunities offered by the ANU Military and Defence Studies Program.

The key highlights of this course include:

  • Fully integrated design and delivery of a course to meet both the vocational and academic requirements of mid-career officers created specifically for the ADF.
  • A course delivered by foremost Australian and international academics, military personnel and Australian Public Servants to educate Australia’s future military leaders.
  • The Australian War College course members to be enrolled as regular ANU students gaining an ANU delivered and accredited postgraduate degree.
  • The provision of ANU academic and professional staff to be based at the Australian War College Weston Creek campus, including a Principal, to ensure that the educational opportunity for students at the Australian War College is of the same high standard as that delivered at the ANU main campus.


Military and Defence Studies Program Manager

T +61 2 6266 0604

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