About Us

As an integral part of the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom delivers world-class training and education to UK and overseas military, government and private sector customers.

We train and educate leaders from across the globe in strategy, science and technology, leadership, business skills, languages and international engagement.

Our purpose is to develop the ‘intellectual edge’ needed to run successful government departments and military operations. The ‘intellectual edge’ is the ability to think better and faster than our adversaries, both now and in the future. Our graduates must be capable of simplifying complexity, grasping subtlety and be comfortable with ambiguity.

With a range of short and long courses, our portfolio consists of face-to-face, digital and blended learning. The education we offer goes beyond the boundaries of defence and is transferable to other organisations, including partners across government, industry, charities and non-government departments.

The Defence Academy has academic strategic partners in King’s College London and Cranfield University.

Our main site in Shrivenham is located 80 miles west of London along the M4 corridor, close to Swindon with its excellent rail links.

The Chief Executive of the Defence Academy is Major General Andrew Roe.