Saudi Armed Forces Command & Staff College to Become National Defense University

Photo: SPA Saudi Press Agency (SPA)03.06.2024 KSA
Saudi Armed Forces Command & Staff College to Become National Defense University

Saudi Armed Forces Command & Staff College to Become National Defense University

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The Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College is undergoing a significant transformation to become the National Defense University.

This ambitious step is the result of the College’s continuous commitment to excellence in military education and its dedication to supporting the Ministry of Defense’s development and innovation goals.

The transformation process follows a well-defined, scientific methodology that aligns with the ministry's strategic goals. It encompasses five key stages: establishing the groundwork for change within the college, conducting a comprehensive analysis of the current situation, benchmarking against leading international models, designing the university's structure and programs, and preparing for its operational launch.

The official launch of the new name, National Defense University, is expected soon. The University’s vision is to become a preeminent regional institution by 2030, renowned for preparing and qualifying both military and civilian leaders in the field of defense and national security.

The University will achieve this vision through innovative and effective educational programs designed to serve the best interests of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

A Legacy of Excellence in Military Education

The Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College boasts a rich history dating back to 1958, when it was established as “The Institute of Great Officers”. Its mission was to train and qualify Saudi Arabian Army Officers for command and staff duties. Over the years, the Institute underwent several name changes: “The Institute of Senior Officers” and “The Saudi Command and Staff College”, reflecting its evolving role and expanding scope.

A pivotal moment arrived in 1388 AH (1968) with the issuance of a Royal Decree that transformed the college into a more comprehensive institution: “The Saudi Command and Staff College”. This change addressed the growing need for highly qualified officers with strong leadership skills and advanced planning capabilities.

The College’s journey of continuous improvement included renaming to Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College and relocating to a new campus in Al-Uyaynah, in 1405 AH (1984). This modern facility, featuring a command building, educational facilities, war exercise centers, a printing press, housing units, and dedicated student and staff services, is testimony to the commitment to providing a world-class learning environment.

Further advancements followed in 1430 AH (2008) with the establishment of the War Wing, dedicated to training Officers strategically and operationally.

Recognizing the value of research and strategic studies, the College inaugurated the Armed Forces Strategic Studies Center in 1436 AH (2014).

Pioneering Institution with a Global Reach

For over six decades, the Armed Forces Command and Staff College has played a pivotal role in shaping military thought in Saudi Arabia, under the motto “Science, Thought, Planning”. It has provided military education and training to a distinguished group of Officers from the Saudi Armed Forces, other military and security sectors, and from other nations.

The College offers a diverse range of academic programs, including Master’s degrees in Strategic Studies and Military Sciences, a course in Joint Operations Planning, and diplomas in critical areas such as National Security, Strategic Leadership, Military Media, and International Humanitarian Law.

The College’s transformation into the National Defense University marks a new chapter in its history of dedication to excellence. It enables the institution to continue serving the Kingdom’s national security needs well into the future. 



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