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 H.R. McMaster Center of Security Studies
at Valley Forge Military College
The H.R. McMaster Center for Security Studies at Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) provides non-partisan, research-driven academic programs to prepare future leaders in the fields of national security, criminal justice, intelligence, and cybersecurity. It will develop 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 subject matter specific and generalized expertise to stakeholders, constituents, and the general public to increase understanding and capabilities supporting common national security objectives.
The Valley Forge Military College H.R. McMaster Center for Security Studies Cybersecurity Division provides a critical nexus merging the theory of information assurance with practical application. The Cybersecurity Division of The McMaster Center supports innovative, comprehensive and multidisciplinary education in the Information Assurance (IA) / Computer Network Defense (CND) fields at VFMC. The McMaster Center Cybersecurity Division provides outreach with educational and professional resources for students, educators, and the community.
Learn more about our Cybersecurity program
The McMaster Center Cybersecurity division provides information for:
For more information contact: Dr. John Andrew Landmesser at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 989-1452
Education Resources – Information for Students and Educators:
- Cybersecurity Certificate Program
- Cybersecurity Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees
- VFMC Cybersecurity Events:
- Campus & community outreach for National Cybersecurity Month
- Annual VFMC Cybersecurity Competition
- Annual VFMC Cybersecurity Symposium
- 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
National Security Division
Valley Forge Military College’s H.R. McMaster Center for Security Studies 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 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
Undergraduate Research Initiative
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 H.R. McMaster Center for Security Studies Undergraduate Research Initiative promotes and develops the undergraduate student research begun during the classes of the Justice and Security Studies curriculum. The objective of the Initiative 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 Initiative 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 Initiative is for students to submit an article to a scholarly journal before the they graduate. The long-term initiatives of The McMaster Center’s Undergraduate Research Initiative 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 The McMaster Center’s Undergraduate Research Initiative.
Cybersecurity Training & Competition Group
The Valley Forge Military College Cybersecurity Training & Competition Group 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: