The forefront of safety and security.

The Center for the Advancement of Security Studies’ Cybersecurity Division coordinates faculty cybersecurity initiatives, cybersecurity undergraduate and faculty research, and external outreach.

Cybersecurity Division

CASS Leadership

  • Dr. Martin Clemis
    Dr. Martin Clemis
    Assistant Director of Research
  • Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
    Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
    Founding Director of CASS
  • John Andrew Landmesser
    John Andrew Landmesser

Cybersecurity Division

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 through our Cybersecurity Certificate approved by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Students are offered a four course Cybersecurity sequence that can be taken as electives within their existing selected programs since Cybersecurity crosses and impacts all disciplines of study. Students can take advantage of this opportunity to graduate with an Associate’s degree in their desired major with an additional Cybersecurity Certificate credential on their transcript by utilizing their elective choices to complete Cybersecurity Certificate requirements.

The VFMC Cybersecurity Certificate is also being offered to Pennsylvania National Guard students with classes delivered at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA.

CASS Cybersecurity Division provides outreach with educational and professional resources for students, educators, and the community.

CASS Cybersecurity division provides information for:

  • General Public
  • Educators
  • Parents
  • Cybersecurity Professionals
  • State & Local Governments

For more information contact: Dr. John Andrew Landmesser at jlandmesser@vfmac.edu or (610) 989-1452

Education Resources – Information for Students and Educators:
Professional Resources – Career development for Cybersecurity Professionals:

Research: Whitepapers, studies and other research promoting Cybersecurity education and the Profession

Upcoming VFMAC Events

Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm
8:00 pm
Thanksgiving leave begins after the Military Tattoo performance on Friday, November 17. All cadets/students are encouraged to depart campus.
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 2:30 pm
4:00 pm
Thanksgiving leave begins after last class/last duty on Tuesday, November 21. All cadets/students are encouraged to depart campus.
Dec 8 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
8:30 am
Visit Valley Forge Military Academy! We invite you to learn more and visit VFMA’s sprawling 100 acre campus by attending our upcoming Classroom Visitation Day on Friday, December 8! VFMA is an independent, private, college[...]
Valley Forge Military Academy (Mellon Hall)
Nov
17
Fri
Thanksgiving Leave (Academy)
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm
Thanksgiving Leave (Academy)

Thanksgiving leave begins after the Military Tattoo performance on Friday, November 17. All cadets/students are encouraged to depart campus.

Nov
21
Tue
Thanksgiving Leave (College)
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 2:30 pm
Thanksgiving Leave (College)

Thanksgiving leave begins after last class/last duty on Tuesday, November 21. All cadets/students are encouraged to depart campus.

Dec
8
Fri
VFMA Classroom Visitation Day @ Valley Forge Military Academy (Mellon Hall)
Dec 8 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
VFMA Classroom Visitation Day @ Valley Forge Military Academy (Mellon Hall) | Wayne | Pennsylvania | United States

Visit Valley Forge Military Academy!

We invite you to learn more and visit VFMA’s sprawling 100 acre campus by attending our upcoming Classroom Visitation Day on Friday, December 8! VFMA is an independent, private, college preparatory school for boys in grades 6-12. We have a long tradition of instilling values and building self-confidence to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. The Academy offers college preparatory academics, credentialed faculty, competitive PIAA athletics, and individual attention, providing cadets with an environment focused on their academic success. Whether your ambitions are rooted in our rich military traditions or shaped by your scholarly endeavors, we invite you to explore all that we have to offer. We look forward to meeting you and discussing how Valley Forge Military Academy can help you achieve.

During the event the classroom doors will be opened for you and your family to explore the school house and see all that VFMA can academically offer to your son. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet with the Commandant’s department, Athletics, Music, D Troop and Student Activities!

For questions, please contact:

Michelle Gatta, MEd.
Associate Director of Admissions- Athletic Liaison
Head Women’s College Volleyball Coach
MGatta@vfmac.edu
610-989-1472

OR

Maryam Ahmadi
Financial Aid Coordinator
MAhmadi@vfmac.edu
610-989-1309

Winter Holiday Concert @ Mellon Hall
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm
Dec
9
Sat
VFMC Admissions Saturday Visit @ Valley Forge Military Academy & College (Medenbach Hall)
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
VFMC Admissions Saturday Visit @ Valley Forge Military Academy & College (Medenbach Hall) | Wayne | Pennsylvania | United States

Saturday Visits are offered each month to prospective students. Students and their families will be given a short presentation about Valley Forge Military College by an admissions counselor. Following the presentation, students and their families will be given a tour of campus. Please arrive by 8:45 am to complete registration.

Valley Forge Military Academy and College

Dr. Martin Clemis
Assistant Director of Research

Martin G. Clemis – earned his PhD in 2015 from Temple University, where he studied under the tutelage of Gregory J.W. Urwin. He is Assistant Professor of History and Government at Valley Forge Military College and a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, Camden. Martin’s first book, titled The Control War: The Struggle for South Vietnam, 1968-1975, will be published by the University of Oklahoma Press in spring 2018. He is also a contributing author in Beyond the Quagmire: New Interpretations of the Vietnam Conflict (University of North Texas Press, 2018), Drawdowns: The American Way of Postwar (NYU Press, 2017), and War and Geography: The Spatiality of Organized Mass Violence (Ferdinand Schoningh, 2017). He has also had articles published in Army History and Small Wars and Insurgencies. Martin was awarded a U.S. Army Center for Military History dissertation grant in 2012 and is an alumnus of the U.S. Military Academy’s West Point Summer Seminar in Military History. Martin lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
Founding Director of CASS

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: History

Courses: American Experience I & II, Contemporary Issues in National Security, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Military Title: SSGT (USMC)

Dr. Earl J. Catagnus, Jr. (Captain/VFMAC) is the Founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Security Studies, and an Assistant Professor of History and Security Studies at Valley Forge Military College.

Dr. Catagnus’s research has focused on questions concerning military history as well as current national security and intelligence dilemmas.  He served as a national security analyst for several documentaries and news programs, and his scholarship has been featured in both academic publications such as The Journal of Military History and service journals like Marine Corps Gazette and Naval Institute Proceedings.  In 2013, he was awarded a U.S. Army Center of Military History Dissertation Fellowship, and in 2012 he was a recipient of both a Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the Robert L. Ruth and Robert C. Ruth Fellowship for the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  Currently, he is completing revisions for his book manuscript titled, Blood Brothers:  Tracing the U.S. Army Infantry and Marine Corps to a Crossroads, 1918-1945.

As for military service, Dr. Catagnus enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1998.  During recruit training, he was the Platoon and Company Honor Graduate, and, upon graduation, was meritoriously promoted to the rank of lance corporal.  Immediately after entering the Fleet Marine Force as an infantryman, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion/2nd Marines Scout/Sniper Platoon where he eventually graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps’ Scout/Sniper School.  In 2004, he deployed as a section leader in 3rd Battalion/5th Marines’ Scout/Sniper Platoon during the Second Battle for Fallujah, popularly known as Operation Phantom Fury.  His military decorations include the Purple Heart, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals one with Combat V for valor, four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, and two Certificates of Commendation.

He holds a B.S. in Life Science (with distinction) and a B.A. in History (with distinction) from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in History from Temple University.

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Contact Information

Email: ecatagnus@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1468

John Andrew Landmesser

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Department: Computer Science, Security Studies

Courses: Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Data Management & Security, Network Communications & Security, and Information Systems Security

Contact Information

Email: jlandmesser@vfmac.edu

Phone: 610-989-1452

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2014
Other Experience:

Other Information

Military Education:

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