The university is located in Beijing under the leadership of PLA Central Committee. The current President of the university is Prof. Lt. Gen Wang Xibin.
It was formed in 1985 with the merger of parts of the PLA Military Academy, the PLA Political Academy, and the PLA Logistics Academy. It is claimed to be "China's equivalent to West Point."
The university also host guest speakers from other countries. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a speech titled Towards a new type of great power relationship between China and the United States here in March 28, 2013.