The H.R. McMaster Center of Security Studies

The forefront of safety and security

“It is a great honor to have my name on the Center that will help dedicated young men and women think about how to promote peace and advance security for our nation and all humanity.”
– LTG H.R. McMaster ’80, ‘17HC

The College

Want to go to a college that not only opens academic doors for your next steps, but also builds strength and friendships that will never fail?

The H.R. McMaster Center of Security Studies at Valley Forge Military College

The McMaster Center is truly a center of excellence. It provides non-partisan, research-driven academic programs to prepare future leaders in the fields of national security, criminal justice, intelligence, and cybersecurity. It develops training and education programs for VFMC cadets, as well as law enforcement agencies, business executives, national security professionals, policy makers, and others.

The McMaster Center produces the “blended” national security professional, one who can function across the full spectrum of private or public agencies—they are equally successful whether in the executive boardroom, on a network, at an analyst’s desk, or on the battlefield. Ultimately, The McMaster Center aims to be the preeminent, internationally recognized center of academic excellence in national security, criminal justice, intelligence, and cybersecurity. To accomplish this vision, it is divided into two focus areas – National Security and Cybersecurity – and has three core competencies:

The capability to seamlessly merge perspectives from scholars and practitioners into coherent training and educational programs.

The ability to leverage existing and developed strategic and tactical relationships to create and enhance the Center’s offerings and programs.

The ability to provide both subject matter specific and generalized expertise to stakeholders, constituents, and the general public to increase understanding and capabilities supporting common national security objectives.

Cybersecurity Division

The McMaster Center for Security Studies Cybersecurity Division merges the theory of information assurance with practical application. It supports innovative, comprehensive and multidisciplinary education in the Information Assurance (IA) / Computer Network Defense (CND) fields at VFMC. Additionally, it provides outreach with educational and professional resources for students, educators, and the community.

National Security Division

The National and Global Security Division coordinates the efforts of associated security professionals that are concerned with national and global security issues. We also seek to enhance the awareness of the public concerning security, provide commentary for media, and information to the military, government, and industry.


Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm Eisenhower Hall
Dec 14 2018 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 20 2019 @ 6:30 pm
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Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Valley Forge Military Academy & College (Medenbach Hall)
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