Centre for Military and Strategic Studies

Centre for Military and Strategic Studies

The Centre for Military and Strategic Studies (CMSS) at the University of Calgary is part of Canada's Department of National Defence nation-wide security and defence forum research centres. Currently it has over 50 students at both the Masters and PhD level with 33 fellows, 18 research associates, 29 alumni and 5 staff members. The CMSS mission is to promote and develop excellence in military, security and defence studies. David Bercuson is the director of the CMSS. The CMSS offers a J.L. Granatstein Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The CMSS is affiliated with the Arctic Institute of North America.


CMSS offers four degrees: MSS thesis-based, MSS course-based, MSS Co-op and Special Case PhD. An application to hold a formal PhD program within CMSS was approved by the University of Calgary Faculty of Social Science. Masters in Strategic Studies course based students have a Co-op program for Master's students in which they work in a security and defence related job for eight months. The Masters program is currently completed by thesis, course work or co-op and the PhD program is by Special Case only (however, this will change in the coming years).


The Strategic Studies Program was established in 1981. It is part of the Department of National Defence's nation-wide network of Security and Defence Forum (SDF) research Centres, a network of Centres specializing in defence and security studies across Canada. It was renamed the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies in 1999. The CMSS, part of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Calgary, draws from external departments such as Economics, Anthropology, Political Science, Geomatics and History. The CMSS is affiliated with the Canadian Forces, Department of National Defence and the Calgary business community.


The Centre for Military and Strategic Studies publishes international conference proceedings, books by fellows and the Calgary Papers in Military and Strategic Studies. The Centre for Military and Strategic Studies (CMSS) at the University of Calgary and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) sponsor the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies.

ee also

*International Institute for Strategic Studies
*Strategic Studies Institute
*Centre for Strategic Studies New Zealand
*Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies
*Military science
*Military sociology
*Military art
*Military logistics
*War studies


Alumni of the Master of Strategic Studies program include:

# Claire Bennett
# Russ Benneweis
# Christopher Bullock
# Ty Curran
# Jillian Dowding
# Keane Grimsrud
# Lars Herwig
# Geoffrey Jackson
# Steven James
# Dylan Kirk
# Richard Kott
# Robert Lovsin
# Jean-Pierre Marchant
# William McAuley
# John McCoy
# Jamie Millroy
# Tammy Moharram
# Karin Oxtoby
# David Peabody
# Danielle Romanick
# Maureen Shields
# Diana Shvarz
# Pamela Stewart
# Ray Szeto
# Karsten von Hoesslin
# David Turnbull
# Rian Wall
# Stephen Wheatley Alumni of the PhD program include:
# Major i.G. Pierre Lépine
# Dr. Robert BergenResearch conducted at the Centre by both faculty and students is broad, but recent research has included work on terrorism, Canadian, American and Israeli military, European security, African conflict and military anthropology.

External links

* [http://www.cmss.ucalgary.ca CMSS website]
* [http://www.ucalgary.ca University of Calgary website]
* [http://www.ucalgary.ca Official University Site]

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