Department of Defence and Security Studies

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Professor Usman A. Tar 
Distinguished Endowed Chair of Defence and Security Studies 
Head, Department of Defence and Security Studies 
Email: uatar@nda.edu.ng    
Telephone: +234 (0)8092333955  

OVERVIEW

The Department of Defence and Security Studies (DSS) was carved out of the erstwhile Department of Political Science and Defence Studies (PSDS) which was established in October 1987 and started with NDA’s 39th Regular Course. The new Department of Defence and Security Studies (DSS) was approved by NDA Council on 5 October 2018 and commenced operations in November 2019 to execute novel programmes that are critical to the Armed Forces of Nigeria, and Africa at large. Defence and Security Studies is the study of how nation-states manage the means of coercion at their disposal to pursue their national interests. Defence Studies is also concerned with the study of military institution-building, war and warfare, defence policy, national and international security, military strategy in war and peacetime, alliances and alliance-building, and conflict management (especially peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and peace-making), among others. Therefore, a sound knowledge of Defence and Security Studies is useful in understanding the micro-and macro-dynamics of war and peace, as well as the imperatives of national/international security and strategy. It is essential in building a pool of experts with sound knowledge and skills of defence administration, policy formulations and implementation, national security and strategic thinking.

Philosophy

A systematic study of Defence and Security provides A firm foundation for an all-round knowledge of national and global structures and institutions; enhances one’s understanding of social and political problems at various levels of society; stimulates the creative capacities for problem-solving and creative imagination; offers a solid basis for independent and critical thinking, and creates the imperatives for character development and leadership/citizenship training

 

Mission

To be a centre of excellence in Defence and Security Studies by creating a safe environment where Cadets, students and visitors will experience the best of active research and transfer of knowledge.

The Department of Defence and Security Studies (DSS) is built on a niche that blends “Defence Studies” and “Security Studies”. Our staff and students are committed to studying, researching and understanding the foundations of political and defence institutions, structures, processes and actors. This is to produce graduate military offices with high academic standards, an adequate background that will be of immediate value to the needs of the military in particular, industry and nation in general. To achieve the above aim, the Defence and Security programme is tailored towards these objectives: 

  1. To develop students’ understanding of the concepts and issues that underpin the key subdisciplines of Defence and Strategic Studies including, but not limited to, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Defence/Security/Strategic Studies, Political Theory, Political Economy, Development Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Research Methodology, and Science, Technology and Defence 

  2. To stimulate students’ grasp of theoretical and practical issues in Defence and Security Studies. 

  3. To develop students’ understanding of social and political problems at various levels of society – national, regional and global. 

  4. To enhance students’ capacities in critical thinking, leadership and balanced and evidence-based analysis of defence issues.  

To equip and enhance students’ skills and capacities in solving problems by developing creative solutions to social and political problems in both global and local contexts.

DSS Book Projects

  1. Usman A. Tar, Bashir Bala and Samuel Baba Ayegba (Eds) (2021). Building a Professional Army for National Defence and Security: Perspectives on the Nigerian Army Strategy and Operations – Volume I. Kaduna: NDA.

  2. Usman A. Tar, Bashir Bala and Samuel Baba Ayegba (Eds) (2021). Building a Professional Army for National Defence and Security: Perspectives on the Nigerian Army Strategy and Operations – Volume II. Kaduna: NDA.

  3. Usman A. Tar, Sharkdam Wapmuk, Bashir Bala and Samuel Baba Ayegba (Eds) (2021). Perspectives on Nigeria’s Defence, Security and Development: National Strategies and the Way Forward – Volume I. Kaduna: NDA.

  4. Usman A. Tar, Sharkdam Wapmuk, Bashir Bala and Samuel Baba Ayegba, (Eds) (2021). Perspectives on Nigeria’s Defence, Security and Development: National Strategies and the Way Forward – Volume II.  Kaduna: NDA.

  5. Usman A. Tar, Joseph A. Oluwadare, Bashir Bala and Samuel Baba Ayegba (Eds) (2021). Anchorage of National Defence and Security: Perspectives on the Nigerian Navy Strategy and operation – Volume I.  Kaduna: NDA.

  6. Usman A. Tar, Joseph A. Oluwadare, Bashir Bala and Samuel Baba Ayegba (Eds) (2021). Anchorage of National Defence and Security: Perspectives on the Nigerian Navy Strategy and operation – Volume II. Kaduna: NDA.

  7. Usman A. Tar, Samuel Baba Ayegba, Bashir Bala (Eds) (2021). Air Power, National Defence and Security: Perspectives on the Nigerian Air Force Strategy and Operations – Volume I. Kaduna: NDA.

  8. Usman A. Tar, Samuel Baba Ayegba, Bashir Bala (Eds) (2021). Air Power, National Defence and Security: Perspectives on the Nigerian Air Force Strategy and Operations – Volume II. Kaduna: NDA.

Academic Staff

 

 

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1.      ISAAC OZOEMENAM MBACHU Professor
2.      SUNDAY ABOGONYE OCHOCHE Professor
3.      Kenneth OMEJE Professor
4.      Sharkdam WAPMUK Associate Professor
5.      Sunday ADEJOH Lecturer 1
6.      Samuel Baba AYEGBA Assistant Lecturer
7.      Olutayo F. AJIBADE Assistant Lecturer
8.      Nufaisa Garba AHMED Assistant Lecturer
9.      Suleiman D. ALI  Graduate Assistant
10.    Jamaludden Muhammed ALI Graduate Assistant

 

 

S/N  Rank  Name  From  To 
a)  b)  c)  d)  e) 
1.  Prof  UA Tar- PhD, M.Sc., M.Ed., PGDip. 

PGCert, BSc Political Science (First Class) 

2019  Date