The Centre for Defence Studies and Documentation (CDSD) is the oldest research centre in the Academy, established in 2006, to provide a flagship centre of excellence in defence and security studies through research and documentation of wars, conflicts, military campaigns and complex military operations. The Centre also seeks to provide a forum for scholars, experts, students, practitioners and other stakeholders to discuss issues and best practices on defence and security, in Nigeria, Africa and the global arena. Situated in the serenity of the Ribadu Campus of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), the Centre is positioned to provide critical information, policy input and research output on defence and security in Nigeria and the world at large. In addition to research and publication, the Centre is designed to provide a conducive environment for conferences, workshops, refresher courses that will meet the needs of AFN.
The Mission of the Centre is “to become a resource base and research platform in Defence and Security Studies for administrators, educators, policy-practitioners, researchers, governmental and non-governmental organizations; and these will be founded on teaching and learning, theoretical and applied research, simulation and field exercises and pilot projects so as to enhance the peace and stability of Nigeria, Africa and the world.” On the other hand, the Vision of the Centre is “To become a foremost Centre for Defence Studies and Documentation in Sub-Saharan Africa in terms of pedagogy, research, publication and documentation that will inform knowledge and policy practice that will enhance and fortify Nigerian defence and security.”
Centre Management Team
CDSD is led by Prof UA Tar which assumed office in May 2016. The Head of Centre (HOC) is assisted by a team of academic and administrative staff, and external affiliates. The Head of Centre is a full Professor. The Centre has 8 Administrative staff and over 20 resident, visiting and collaborative partners who, together, work to develop projects and manage projects on behalf of the Academy.
Strategic Outlook and Outreach of CDSD
CDSD has established an enduring partnership with a number of institutional partners to enable it discharge its activities. CDSD has maintained a steady pool of researchers and scholars (staff) based in the four faculties of the Academy (FASS, FS, FE and FMSIS) and sister research centres. The Centre’s affiliated staffs are being encouraged to explore research grants and promote the Academy brand, and have, so far, provided a solid base for Centre’s activities.
The Centre has ongoing partnership with a number of Local partners: Victim Support Fund (VSF); Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), National Defence College (NDC), Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU), University of Ibadan (UI), American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN), Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA), National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) etc. In addition, the Centre has leveraged on existing partnerships between the Academy and a number of foreign partners: Kings College London, University of Bradford (Department of Peace and Development Studies), University of South Africa (Archie Mafeje Institute), University of Michigan-Flint (Department of Political Science & Department of Africana Studies), USA and West African Centre for Counter-Extremism, Accra, Ghana among others.