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Baltic Defence College

Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL)
Balti Kaitsekolledž
Baltijas Aizsardzības koledža
Baltijos gynybos koledžas
Official emblem of the Baltic Defence College
Established 25 February 1999
Type Military College
Chancellor Maj. Gen. Vitalijus Vaikšnoras
Dean Dr. Augustine Meaher IV
Academic staff
Approx. 50
Students Approx. 80
Location Tartu,  Estonia
Affiliations ISMS; IAMP
Website .org.baltdefcolwww

The Baltic Defence College (official acronym BALTDEFCOL) is a multinational military college, established by the three Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine.[1]


  • Research 1
  • Academic Curriculum 2
  • Commandants 3
  • Deans 4
  • Other Academic Staff 5
  • References 6
  • See also 7


The Baltic Defence College hosts roundtable seminars and major conferences annually, including a Cyber Conference and a Conference on Russian 'Power Projection'.[2] The college's academic faculty also engage in personal research, generating a range of different articles, books and commentaries each year.[3]

Academic Curriculum

The Baltic Defence College runs two main courses, the largest of which is the Joint Command and General Staff Course (JCGSC) – similar to other one-year general staff courses. In 2004, the college established a Higher Command Studies Course (HCSC), which provides senior officers and government officials with a thorough understanding of the strategic environment. A Civil Servants Course (CSC) is also run to prepare junior government officials for national security and defence-policy work.


The first commandant of the Baltic Defence College was the Danish Brig. Gen. Michael Hesselholt Clemmesen (Danish Army), who retired from his position in December 2004. The post now rotates between the three Baltic states:

In May 2005, the Danish Military Society awarded Brig. Gen. Michael Clemmesen with the St. Germain Gold Medal, the citation also mentioning his initiative and work in establishing and running the college.


The Baltic Defence College's most senior member of academic staff is a dean. The current dean is Dr. Augustine Meaher IV, a scholar of Australian and British defence policy – who assumed the post in September 2014. Previous deans have included:

Other Academic Staff

Other prominent academic staff at the Baltic Defence College include James Rogers and Zdzislaw Sliwa.[5]

A distant view on the Baltic Defence College building (upper right corner).


  1. ^ Baltic Defence College. "Facts about the courses". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Baltic Defence College. "'"International Conference on Russian 'Power Projection. Russian 'Power Projection' in the Twenty-first Century. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Baltic Defence College. "Faculty Publications". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Jermalavicius, Tomas. "Institutional Page". International Centre for Defence Studies. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Rogers, James. "Personal Page". Academia. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 

See also

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