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Center for the Advancement of Security Studies
The Center for the Advancement of Security Studies at Valley Forge Military College
Valley Forge Military College’s Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) is a virtual coordinating center that houses faculty expertise to develop programs, manage outreach, create internship opportunities, and share information to serve students, academics, military professionals, industry leaders, and policy makers. The Center directly supports students enrolled in the Justice & Security Studies major with resources provided by the faculty who are both practitioners and scholars. Additionally, Center activities, resources, and faculty are available to all students who have an interest in these subjects. We have assembled a network of professionals, external to the College, that can advise and provide commentary on historical or current security issues. The Center is comprised of three divisions headed by VFMC faculty: National Security; Cybersecurity; and Domestic Security. Additionally, a reference section concentrating on military history and business affairs will provide support to scholars and students.
CASS leadership is focused on enhancing the student experience at VFMC by preparing them for success at four-year, bachelor’s degree-granting institutions, and eventual entry into their chosen professions. Ongoing research projects are designed to increase the prestige of the associate’s degree by establishing VFMC as a leading two-year college within the field of Security Studies. Key CASS strategic objectives include providing opportunities for students to interact with experts, to network and develop professional relationships that enhance career development and to strengthen employable skills critical to professional success.
A Message from the Director of CASS
Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster’s appointment as National Security Advisor demonstrates a Valley Forge Military Academy & College legacy of producing national security professionals of the highest quality. Lieutenant General McMaster represents the ideal of that distinguished group, and one that Valley Forge Military College’s Security Studies Concentration strives to develop. VFMC’s program creates the intellectual professional, one who is comfortable in any operating environment whether it be in the halls of some government intelligence or law enforcement agency, the boardrooms of industry, or physical as well as cyber battlefields.
We, at Valley Forge Military College’s Center for the Advancement of Security Studies, are extremely proud of Lieutenant General McMaster. We have, and will continue to use him as our model for success, always innovating and evolving the program as the complexity of the 21st century national security environment changes. Congratulations, Lieutenant General McMaster!
Earl J. Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
Founding Director, Center for the Advancement of Security Studies
Assistant Professor of History and Security Studies
Valley Forge Military College
- To provide a Think-Tank-Type entity for students, academics, and professionals who are seeking information and positional arguments for security issues
- To create a professional organization to engage other professional organizations and form alliances that are mutually beneficial
- To begin a public outreach program
- To support and promote the development of programs and curricula within security affairs
The Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) Cybersecurity Division provides a critical nexus merging the theory of information assurance with practical application. The Cybersecurity Division of CASS supports innovative, comprehensive and multidisciplinary education in the Information Assurance (IA) / Computer Network Defense (CND) fields at VFMC. CASS Cybersecurity Division provides outreach with educational and professional resources for students, educators, and the community.
Learn more about our Cybersecurity program
CASS Cybersecurity division provides information for:
For more information contact: Dr. John Andrew Landmesser at email@example.com or (610) 989-1452
Education Resources – Information for Students and Educators:
- VFMC Cybersecurity Certificate Program
- Cybersecurity Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees
- VFMC Cybersecurity Events:
- Campus & community outreach for National Cybersecurity Month (October 2015)
- Annual VFMC Cybersecurity Competition (March 2016)
- Annual VFMC Cybersecurity Symposium (April 2016)
- Student Opportunities
- Cybersecurity Scholarship Opportunities
- Cybersecurity Awareness
- Discover Innovative Programs
- Find programs to continue your Cybersecurity Education
Professional Resources – Career development for Cybersecurity Professionals:
- Cybersecurity Organizations – Many government Cybersecurity organizations with resources to improve the national Cybersecurity posture are available from the following links:
- National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Computer Security Resource Center (CSRC)
- National Cyber Awareness System
- National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
- National Initiative for Cybersecurity Career and Studies – NICCS
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity
- National Security Agency (NSA) / Information Assurance Directorate (IAD)
- Common Criteria for secure IT products
- National CyberWatch Center
- Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance – CSSIA
- Explore the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
- Explore Cybersecurity Professional Certifications
- Professional Journals & Literature:
- Stay Current with the latest Cybersecurity News:
Research: Whitepapers, studies and other research promoting Cybersecurity education and the Profession
Domestic Security Division
Valley Forge Military College’s Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) Domestic Security Division provides and manages informational requirements in the fields of criminal justice, domestic terrorism, emergency management, and related areas.
Learn more about our Domestic Security program
National and Global Security Division
Valley Forge Military College’s Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) National and Global Security Division coordinates the efforts of associated security professionals that are concerned with national and global security issues. We seek to enhance the awareness of the public, provide commentary for media, and information to the military, government, and industry.
Learn more about our National and Global Security program
U.S. Government and Military Resources
The United States Government and Military produce an enormous amount of original, scholarly research for all aspects of American national security. All of this information is public and free when distributed in a digital format. The links below provide access to scholarly journals, virtual information portals, and digital libraries.
- Military Education Research Library Network (MERLN)
- Army War College Parameters
- U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
- Naval War College Review
- U.S. Military Academy Digital Library
- US Army Combined Arms Research Library Digital
- Air and Space Journal
- Marine Corps University Press
- Strategic Studies Institute
- Combat Studies Institute
- National Defense University Press
- Joint Forces Quarterly
- Naval Postgraduate School’s Strategic Insights
- Air War College’s Strategic Studies Quarterly
- Complete List of DoD and Military Electronic Journals
- Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Research Institutes and Think-Tanks
There are hundreds of non-profit research institutes and think-tanks that focus on global, regional, and national security. Most, freely share their intellectual products with the public via the Internet. The hyperlinks below provide just a very small, but extremely worthwhile sampling.
- Center for Complex Operations’ PRISM Journal for Security Studies
- Center for New American Security Publications
- Center for Strategic and International Studies Publications
- Council on Foreign Relations
- Combating Terrorism Center
- Foreign Policy Research Institute FPRI
- Hoover Institution
- Institute for the Study of War
- International Strategic Studies Institute Publications
- Stimson Center
Student Engagement Opportunities
Internships through CASS
Valley Forge Military College’s Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) is developing and coordinating the Justice and Security Studies undergraduate student internship program. The mission of this CASS initiative is to establish internship opportunities for VFMC students as well as prepare students for their work as interns. Preparing resumes/curriculum vitae, polishing interview skills, teaching professionalism, and individual mentoring are some of CASS’s offerings.
Internship Program Objectives and Guidelines
- As part of VFMC’s holistic education experience, students, at an early stage in their academic journey, will use the internship/mentorship program to broaden their understanding of prospective professions, determine the best college/university to transfer into for those professions, and develop relationships with professionals that will last beyond their tenure as an undergraduate student.
- The internship/mentorship program will demonstrate to students and potential employers the applicability of academics within the business, industrial, and political realm. Additionally, CASS will be able to monitor changes in the increasingly globalized marketplace, and assist in adapting VFMC’s holistic education experience to meet the demands of an ever-changing 21st century.
- CASS will use the internship/mentorship program as a critical component of its public outreach campaign that engages business, industry, government, law enforcement, and the military in order to establish VFMC as an academic center of excellence.
- Upon interacting with VFMC students, key market leaders will see VFMC as a long-term investment into the development of their future workforce. Ultimately, investing in the advancement of VFMC students will lead to decreased company costs in training, an increased applicant pool, and greater efficiency of employees who are VFMC alumni.
- The internship/mentorship program will energize VFMC alumni, and connect current students with their predecessors. Traditions and the legacy of excellence will be transmitted through personal relationships, and across time and space boundaries that are otherwise difficult to breach.
- Find Cybersecurity Internship Opportunities
- How to Get Hired for a Cybersecurity Internship by Wilton Jowett – This PDF is a great resource for starting your cyber security job search.
USAJobs Internship Listings within National Security
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Internships
- Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Internships
- National Security Agency (NSA) Internships
Law Enforcement Agencies
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internships
- Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Internships
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) Internships
- New Jersey Office of Homeland Security
Internships within Politics and Government:
- U.S. House of Representatives College Internships
- U.S. Senate College Internships
- Pennsylvania Government Internships
Undergraduate Research Study Group
One of the unique aspects of VFMC’s Justice and Security Studies Program, specifically the Security Studies Concentration, is that students from their first semester to their last are taught writing skills and research methodologies normally neglected at other institutions. The Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) Undergraduate Research Study Group promotes and develops the undergraduate student research begun during the classes of the Justice and Security Studies curriculum. The objective of the Group is to create scholarly experiences that students can carry with them to their transfer colleges/universities, internships, and future professions.
Students are required to work on research projects from the moment they step into the classroom. They are encouraged to continue their research when the class ends, and develop it into something that is presentable and publishable. The Undergraduate Research Study Group members are mentored throughout the scholarly investigative process by VFMC faculty. Students work individually or in teams, and have topics ranging from intelligence assessments of terrorist groups to policy position papers to assessments of VFMC’s network security to writing plans for training drills for emergency managers. Outside scholars are consulted and act as reviewers of students’ work. The ultimate goal of the Group is for students to submit an article to a scholarly journal before the they graduate. The long-term initiatives of CASS’s Undergraduate Research Study Group include undergraduate research symposia, student lectures at public venues (on campus, public libraries, etc.), creating research assistantships, funding research scholarships, web-publishing students’ papers, and making an undergraduate research e-journal.
No college credit(s) are earned for participation in CASS’s Undergraduate Research Study Group.
The Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) Cybersecurity Club is focused on community building among students sharing an interest in Cybersecurity at the College. Club members must demonstrate desire for enhanced learning in Cybersecurity beyond current Cybersecurity course information. The Club is focused on promoting increased knowledge of, and greater interest in, Cybersecurity throughout the College and the local community including other schools, and extending Cybersecurity awareness programs to people, places, and institutions in need of help and support. This outreach by the Cybersecurity Club is an important aspect of the Character Development cornerstone of the College.
The Club also plans and prepares to represent VFMC in select Cybersecurity competitions.
Search for Cybersecurity competitions:
Cybersecurity games and labs to help prepare for competition: