The Defence Academy delivers world class professional defence and security education to students from the MOD, wider government, UK industry and overseas.

Our purpose is to develop the ‘intellectual edge’ needed to run successful government departments and military operations. The ‘intellectual edge’ is the ability to think better and faster than our adversaries, both now and in the future. Our graduates must be capable of simplifying complexity, grasping subtlety and be comfortable with ambiguity.

Based in beautiful surroundings at a secure site in Shrivenham, the Defence Academy is located 80 miles west of London, close to Swindon with its excellent rail links.

With a long and prestigious history, the estates and colleges of the Defence Academy have evolved over centuries, adapting to meet the changing needs of our nation’s armed forces through training and education that delivers real world capability advantage. The Defence Academy has academic strategic partners in King’s College London and Cranfield University.

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