Baltic Defence College

Coordinates: 58°22′24″N 26°43′21″E / 58.37333°N 26.72250°E / 58.37333; 26.72250
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Baltic Defence College
Estonia Balti Kaitsekolledž
Latvia Baltijas Aizsardzības koledža
Lithuania Baltijos gynybos koledžas
MottoAd securitatem patriarum (Latin: For the fatherlands’ security)
TypeMilitary college
Established25 February 1999
Academic staff
Approx. 50[citation needed]
StudentsApprox. 80[citation needed]
58°22′24″N 26°43′21″E / 58.37333°N 26.72250°E / 58.37333; 26.72250
AffiliationsISMS; IAMP

The Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) is a multinational military college, established by the three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) in 1999. It serves as a centre of strategic and operational research and provides professional military education to intermediate- and senior-level officers and government officials from the founding states, other member states of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries, as well as other European countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine.[1]


The Baltic Defence College hosts roundtable seminars and major conferences annually, including a Cyber Conference and a Conference on Russian Power Projection.[2] The college's academic faculty also engage in personal research, generating a range of different articles, books and commentaries each year.[3]


Nationality Rank Name Term
 Denmark Brigadier general Michael H. Clemmesen [da] 1999–2004
 Lithuania Brigadier general Algis Vaičeliūnas [lt] 2004–2007
 Latvia Brigadier general Gundars Ābols 2007–2010
 Estonia Brigadier general Meelis Kiili 2010–2012
 Lithuania Major general Vitalijus Vaikšnoras [lt] 2012–2016
 Latvia Major general Andis Dilāns 2016–2020
 Estonia Brigadier general Ilmar Tamm 2020–2023
 Lithuania Brigadier general Alvydas Šiuparis 2023-present



A distant view on the Baltic Defence College building (upper right corner).

The dean between 2004 and 2008 was Tomas Jermalavicius – a Lithuanian researcher of strategic resiliency.[7]


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  1. ^ Baltic Defence College. "Facts about the courses". Baltic Defence College. Archived from the original on 13 March 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  2. ^ Baltic Defence College. "International Conference on Russian 'Power Projection'". Russian 'Power Projection' in the Twenty-first Century. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  3. ^ Baltic Defence College. "Faculty Publications". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  4. ^ "History of the Baltic Defence College". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Change of Command, and Graduation of Higher Command Studies Course 2024, and Joint Command and General Staff Course 2022-2023". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 17 November 2023.
  7. ^ Jermalavicius, Tomas. "Institutional Page". International Centre for Defence Studies. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.