RCDS formalises associate status with the Defence Academy

06 March 2020 / Categories: DA News and Events

London – Yesterday (5 March), the signing of an associate status agreement highlights the important part played by the Royal College of Defence (RCDS) as part of the wider Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.


This agreement formalises RCDS’ existing relationship with the Defence Academy. Located in Belgravia London, RCDS is a world-leading college for post-graduate international strategic studies and strategic leadership.  Each year, it prepares some 115 senior officers, officials and members from industry from over 54 nations for strategic leadership roles. 

The agreement confirms RCDS’ unique and key place as part of the Defence Academy.  Due to its standing within the MOD, across government and internationally, the agreement gives the college considerable autonomy both for the setting and delivery of its courses, while highlighting the many benefits of being part of the wider academy.  
Providing a coherent part of the academy’s wider offering, both RCDS and the Defence Academy benefit from sharing best practices and ideas. The agreement also highlights how RCDS relies upon the academy for administrative and educational support.  

CE DefAc and Comdt JSCSC Major General Andrew Roe said:

“Professional military education (PME) delivers the intellectual edge needed for success on operations and leadership in government. Through this agreement, the MOD will have a cohesive approach to PME.”

Comdt RCDS Rear Admiral John Kingwell said: 

“I welcome this agreement which brings to life the many advantages of RCDS’ associate status within the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. It will ensure even greater cooperation in the future.”


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