NAVY CAPT/ ASSOC. Prof. IR SAIDU
Dean, Faculty of Military Science
The establishment of the Faculty was in response to the rapidly shifting boundaries of defense and emerging security challenges of the digital age from the fields of military engagement to national development. It was crucial for Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) as the only military university in West Africa and the first in Africa, to establish a faculty that methodically studies and tackles the evolving demands in defense specifically military science, intelligence and contemporary security issues as well as areas of warfare in the application of legitimate organized coercive force in accordance with global best practices. It is in this premise the Faculty seeks collaborative research to look at technology-induced security needs of our time in tackling contemporary security issues. Wars are fought and prevailed in the same way peace is negotiated and maintained with intelligence and adequate finesse in relevant skills, efficient information sharing, and scientific-technological innovation. The Faculty has four departments namely: Computer Science, Cyber Security, Intelligence Security Science, and Military Science.
The Faculty is strategic and fundamental in repositioning the NDA as a degree-awarding institution with unique character and identity, gradually moving it from conventional university in terms of generic academic provisions to accommodate new thinking in cutting edge interdisciplinary research and development. It is to be the flagship in the articulation and re-alignment of curriculum from within and across departments, military institutions, and services of the Nigerian Armed Forces and by extension other stakeholders in the security domain.
The Faculty vision is to produce competitive Officer Cadets and technologies that can leapfrog the country’s digital and physical (critical/information infrastructures) security development as well as the operational efficiencies and technological advancement capabilities of the military and other stakeholders where necessary for transforming the country’s security and military realities in line with current digital advancement, innovation, and knowledge economy while the motto is Knowledge for Excellence, Security, and Service.
The Dean of the Faculty, Navy Captain/ Associate Professor IR Saidu an Associate Professor of Networkinging and Cyber Security, works closely with a dynamic and experienced team of academic, technical, and administrative staff who oversees the academic, extracurricular, and administrative functions of the Faculty.
Faculty of Military Science and Interdisciplinary Studies is one of the five faculties in NDA. The NDA Council at the meeting of 12 Feb 2016 approved in principle the establishment of the Faculty of Military Science and Interdisciplinary Studies (FMSIS). The Faculty consists of four (4) Departments, namely: Computer Science, Cyber Security, Intelligence Security Science, and Military Science.
The Academy has a vision of advancement of excellence in teaching, research, and creative activity. The Faculty is a leading academic center and a self-administered community of scholars, offering quality education, mentoring and learning to the next generation of officers and postgraduate students who will contribute to shaping the ways our nation will be in a foreseeable future. The Faculty provides crucible to nurture and foster the capacity for innovative thinking while challenging Cadets to aspire to greater accomplishments. Officer Cadets would acquire the art of combining knowledge of humanities, natural sciences as well as applied sciences and engineering in the pursuit of the set objectives. It is set up to be an intersection of the other faculties in terms of military science, intelligence and contemporary security issues as well as areas of warfare.
FMSIS is aimed at developing Officer Cadets and postgraduate students with skills and knowledge in specialized courses using an interdisciplinary approach learning and research. The Faculty strives to be the leading academic center and a community of innovative scholars and forward thinkers with quality education to channel and participate in cutting-edge technologies and in shaping the future of intelligence, cyber security, science, technology, military and engineering in an interdisciplinary manner through:
- exploration of driverless electric vehicles (self-driving vehicles);
- advancement and development of innovative use of drones (vision-guided autonomous mobile robots) in surveillance, logistics, and other military-related fields;
- customized development and construction of platoon trucks autonomous trucks, aircraft, and cargo ships (ghost ships);
- development of reliable artificial intelligence (AI) driven algorithms and defenses against AI-enabled hacking as most cyber security wars of the future will be fought by good AI bots;
- development of cutting-edge cyber intelligence security defenses against shroud attacks and pattern analysis with little or no human interference;
- development of savvy ethical hackers for the Nigerian Armed Forces capable of providing formidable defense against cyber threats as well as necessary offensive;
- development of capacities in implementing AI bots for performing military tasks in defense of the Internet of Things and other critical infrastructures.
FMSIS mission is to develop and provide cutting-edge military science and technology education programs that equip Officer Cadets with competitive 21st-century skills and capacities to innovatively meet the everyday operational efficiency and technological advancement requirements of the Nigerian Military necessary in transforming Nigeria’s security military realities for a digitally and physically secure Nigeria. FMSIS Officer Cadets would develop as well as shape the future of hypersonic aircraft, hypersonic vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, ships, military laser technology systems/machines, using information technology and neuroscience to combine human and machine on the battlefield, and employing sociology and psychobiology to combat terrorism.