Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

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MottoIntellectual Excellence in Defence
HeadquartersShrivenham, Wiltshire, England
Sponsor ofEuropean Atlantic Group
Provides higher education for personnel in the British Armed Forces, Civil Service, other UK Government Departments and personnel from other nations.

Not to be confused with Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

The UK Defence Academy provides higher education for personnel in the British Armed Forces, Civil Service, other UK Government Departments and personnel from other nations.


The Defence Academy is headquartered at Shrivenham, Wiltshire and delivers education and training in a number of sites. The majority of training is postgraduate with many courses being accredited for the award of civilian qualifications.

The formation of the Defence Academy consolidated education and training delivered by a number of different establishments into a single organisational and budgetary structure, intended to improve efficiency, reduce duplication of effort and align delivery to defence requirements. The Defence Academy is also responsible for the maintenance of relationships with the UK academic establishment and with military and naval service educational institutions worldwide.

Non technical research is carried out for the development of doctrine and analysis of the international security environment.[citation needed]

Delivery units and locations

Training is delivered by:

Research is carried out by:


The Director of the Defence Academy is a 3 star rank (Vice Admiral, Lieutenant-General, Air Marshal) which can be filled by any of the three Armed Services. Academic provision is delivered through partnering agreements with Cranfield University and King's College London. Facilities management is provided through a Public Private Partnership arrangement with Serco Defence and Aerospace.



On 30 May 2008 Lieutenant General Andrew Graham CBE assumed the post of Director of the Defence Academy, taking over from Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely, KCB, MC.[2]

Defence Academy Advisory Board Membership

Ministry of Defence

Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup (Chair) Chief of Defence Staff Mr Bill Jeffrey Permanent Under Secretary of State for Defence Lieutenant General A J N Graham CBE Director Defence Academy



Alumni on Wikispooks

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Ralph Cochrane24 February 189517 December 1977UKPilotRAF Air Chief Marshal, Bilderberg
Bruce Ferguson4 July 1949SpookNew Zealand spook and Chief of the Defence Force
Augustus JaspertUKDiplomatBritish diplomat and Private Secretary to the UK Prime Minister 2012-2014
Jerry Mateparae14 November 1954
Ian McDonald29 March 193628 March 2019Civil servantIan McDonald famously told the Scott Inquiry: “Truth is a very difficult concept”
Julian Oswald11 August 193319 July 2011UKMarinerFirst Sea Lord and Chief of UK Naval Staff in the early 1990s.
Lionel Payne2 October 189411 February 1965SpookA director general of MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service)
Clive Rose15 September 192117 April 2019Diplomat
Deep state actor
British diplomat and right wing networker with an interest in countering "civil emergencies"
Walter Walker11 November 191212 August 2001UKSoldier
Alan Wrigley19 July 1931AustraliaASIO Director-General of Security
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  1. Cranfield Defence and Security, Cranfield University Website, accessed 09/02/10
  2. Lieutenant General Andrew Graham takes over from Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom website, accessed 4 Feb 2010
  3. Defence Academy Advisory Board Role Membership & Biographies, accessed 20 June 2008