Defence College of Management and Technology

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Defence Academy – College of Management and Technology
(Cranfield Defence and Security)
An exterior shot of the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, Wiltshire. MOD 45148042.jpg
Exterior shot of the facility
Motto "National and international centre of excellence, providing military and civilian personnel with high quality training and education, primarily at postgraduate level, and conducting research in fields related to defence."
Established 1772
Type Constituent college of both the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and Cranfield University
Principal Vacant
Director Major General M Riddell-Webster
Location Shrivenham, Oxon., United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°36′10.77″N 1°38′25.50″W / 51.6029917°N 1.6404167°W / 51.6029917; -1.6404167
Campus Rural
Former names Royal Military College of Science (RMCS)
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The Defence Academy – College of Management and Technology (DA-CMT) is a British postgraduate school, research institution and training provider formed in 2009 from five departments of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and as such part of the British Armed Forces. Since 1984 Cranfield University has been the main academic provider of the college. A November 2005 contract extends the Cranfield relationship with DA-CMT to at least 2027.

The college is based, like the majority of Defence Academy institutions, at MOD (Ministry of Defence) Shrivenham, located between the villages of Shrivenham and Watchfield in the south-west corner of Oxfordshire (Vale of White Horse), and has training centres around the country. DA-CMT facilities at Shrivenham are run by Serco Defence.

The departments are: Centre for Defence Acquisition and Technology, Centre for Defence Leadership and Management, Defence School of Languages, Nuclear Department and the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme.


The college traces its history to a school founded in 1772 to provide technical training for the military. In 1840 the Royal Artillery Institution was founded to train artillery officers "for the study of science and languages". It was established as a response to the technological advances brought on by the Industrial Revolution. During the 1880s, the institution expanded, becoming the Ordnance College while the advanced classes formed the Artillery College, and a Commandant was appointed. In 1927 it became the Military College of Science. After World War II it moved to its current location in Shrivenham. In 1953, the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II granted the college its "Royal" title.[1]

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