Deakin University partners with CDSS, the premier leadership and management school of the Australian Defence College, Canberra, for the professional development of senior Australian and overseas military officers and government officials.
Deakin's involvement in military and civil service professional development began in the 1980's with the post-graduate accreditation of the course at the Australian Army's Command and Staff College at Fort Queenscliff.
The Deakin/CDSS partnership has expanded over recent years to include delivery of the Masters of Arts (Strategic Studies) as well as a Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies; the Master of Politics and Policy and the Master of Business Administration. All the courses are delivered at the Weston Creek Campus.
Associate Professor Robert (Bob) Breen is Course Director for the Deakin University post-Graduate Courses at CDSS. He coordinates and manages a network of senior academic supervisors and examiners in Australia and overseas, who ensure that excellent academic standards are maintained. He also provides academic advice to the CDSS Principal and his Director of Studies, as well as sydicate directors and students.
His predecessor, Claude Rakisits, who is an Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor with the Deakin School of Humanities and Social Sciences, speaks about CDSS and Deakin's partnership with Defence.
On 2 July 2013 the Australian Defence College announced the establishment of General Sir Francis Hassett Chair of Military Studies at the Australian Defence College (ADC), and the inaugural appointment to the Chair of Doctor, now Professor, Michael Evans.
At the inauguration, then Commander ADC, Major General Craig Orme said that supporting the development of Defence policy and capability through research is an important task for Defence. "The creation of the Centre for Defence Research, and the Hassett Chair at the Australian Defence College in 2013 are significant steps in building up this Defence-wide research capacity," said Major General Orme. "This is part of a deliberate strategy we have been working on for some time." Initially, the Centre for Defence Research (CDR) will focus on coordinating and publishing existing research in Defence, but in future years Major General Orme expects the CDR will grow into an important centre, promoting research in support of policy and capability, as well as upholding the education objectives of ADC.
Centre for Defence Research
The new position of Hassett Chair of Military Studies will form part of the CDR.
At the inauguration ceremony at the ADC Weston Campus, Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University congratulated Professor Evans on becoming the first appointee to the General Sir Francis Hassett Chair of Military Studies. "We are remarkably proud of our relationship with the Australian Defence College. Defence's investment in the critical enquiry around military studies and the role the military play not only in challenging times but in less challenging times as well. I congratulate the college on this vision," she said.