Our partners

Deakin's School of Humanities and Social Sciences has been working with the Australian military since the 1980s.

We currently partner with the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS) to provide education and professional development of senior Australian military officers, public servants and regional partners.

CDSS partnership

Since 2001, Deakin has supported the education and professional development of the next generation of senior defence leaders through its partnership with CDSS.

CDSS is Australia's senior professional military education institution, and aims to provide graduates with an intellectual edge through a broad education in contemporary and future strategic challenges and opportunities.

Deakin supports CDSS through dedicated postgraduate options and academic and learning technology expertise. Selected senior leaders also have the opportunity to make a significant contribution towards the production of new knowledge on defence and national security issues through Deakin's PhD by Folio program.

Research and writing at CDSS

Deep intellectual engagement with some of the key issues facing the profession of arms and the broader defence and national security community is crucial.

Through its partnership with CDSS, Deakin provides opportunities for senior practitioners to engage in deeper levels of research on selected topics and to write and communicate their analysis and ideas.

This deeper level of study is important in developing the ability of strategic leaders to engage intellectually in debates about the present and future of their profession and nation.

Senator Linda Reynolds, enrolled with Deakin as part of the partnership we have with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to offer our course. It provides officers of the ADF and the Australian Public Service with the knowledge and skills required by senior leaders operating in the national security environment.

From left: Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Education, Professor Brenda Cherednichenko; Senator Linda Reynolds; and Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force.

Future learning technology and professional military education

CDSS and the broader Australian Defence College (ADC) have identified the importance of reaching a broad and geographically dispersed workforce. Deakin is recognised as an industry-leader in online learning and will continue to support CDSS in the development of new approaches to education for senior defence practitioners.

Contact us

For more information about Deakin’s partnership with CDSS, please contact the CDSS Course Director.

CDSS Course Director
Dr Michael Hatherell
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