NATO Defense College (NDC)

The idea of a NATO Defense College originated with General Dwight D. Eisenhower. On 19 November 1951, the NATO Defense College opened its doors to Course 1 in Paris. In 1966, France withdrew from the Alliance's integrated military structure and the College moved to the EUR quartier of Rome.

In response to Strategic Guidance issued to the NDC by the North Atlantic Council and the NATO Military Committee, the NDC Mission is:

  • To contribute to the effectiveness and cohesion of the Alliance;
  • To foster strategic-level thinking on political and military matters;
  • To develop as a major center of education, study, and research:
    • Prepare selected officers and officials for important NATO and NATO-related multinational appointments
    • Conduct academic studies and research in support of the Alliance’s wider goals
    • Support an active outreach programme with other educational institutions.
  • Go international
Europe Italy
Institution type
International Institutions Intergovernmental organisations NATO