Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society

Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society

Welcome to the Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society

Centre Origin and Purpose

Science and engineering faculties at RMCC have several research groups and focal points such as the Environmental Sciences Group that help faculty members to collaborate and compete for research funds. Arts faculty work has historically been less collective, and has attracted less funding. 

In 2006, RMCC’s strategic research plan aimed,

“…to integrate past and current understandings of security, defence and society by utilizing a multidisciplinary approach…In support of this integrated programme, the Faculty of Arts is establishing the Centre for Security, Armed Forces and Society (CSAFS-CSFAS). The intent of this centre is to provide a focal point for research conducted within the Faculty, to serve as a hub for connecting academics at RMC with other colleagues, funding organizations and interested sponsoring agencies. The Centre will also facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the Department of National Defence, other research institutions, scholars and Canadian civil Society.”

Specific areas of research include: domestic and international security, armed forces, military and peace operations, defence and security economics, management, military law, organization, psychology, media, civil-military relations, and armed forces and society. These encompass all Arts Faculty departments.

The launch of the Defence and Security Research Institute (DSRI) in cooperation with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) opened additional avenues for applied research funding. In 2009 this resulted in an interdepartmental workshop on social research methods in non-permissive environments, valued at $39 K. In 2010 DSRI sponsored research and development of “Red Teaming” (the challenge function in operational decision-making) in a project worth about $310 K, under principal investigator David Last and scientific authorities Matthew Lauder, James Moore, and Afzal Upal. In 2011/12 CSAFS has implemented two larger rearch projects valued at $200 K dealing with al-Shabaab, armed non-state actors, influence acitivies, the use of indiginoues irregular military forces as well as secessionism.   

On 13 January, 2011 Commandant and Principal RMCC opened the office of CSAFS in the Department of Political Science (picture).

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