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Centre for Defence Studies

About us

The Centre for Defence Studies (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, and draws upon a staff of academic policy researchers, former practitioners, associates, and visiting fellows.
The Centre for Defence Studies' mission is to:
  • Promote interdisciplinary approaches to international security and defence policy research.
  • Distribute research and expertise through formal academic channels and through interaction with the media.
  • Work with UK and other governments and international organisations.
  • Conduct corporate policy research in relevant areas.
The Director of CDS is Professor John Gearson, the Deputy Director is Dr Frank Foley.
Principal areas of interest:
  • Intelligence and national security
  • UK foreign security and defence policy
  • European defence and security
  • Defence management and organisation
  • Defence industry and procurement
  • Regional security and new security challenges
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