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Centre for Defence Studies

Centre for Defence Studies


The Centre for Defence Studies (CDS) engages in research at the highest level on British, European and international defence and security issues. CDS was established at King’s College London in 1990, with a grant from the UK Ministry of Defence but is now fully independent.

CDS operates in three distinct, but overlapping research areas: Academic, Public Policy and Corporate Consultancy. CDS has an international staff of academic policy researchers, practitioners, associates and visiting fellows.

The Director of CDS is Professor John Gearson.

Principal areas of research

  • UK defence and security policy
  • European defence and security
  • Defence management and organisation
  • Defence industry and procurement
  • Regional security and new security challenges
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