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 The ISMS Council Meeting in Vienna, 3-4 May 2012

      1.  Welcome

 BG Walter Feichtinger welcomes the participants as host to Vienna and the Austrian National Defence Academy

 The ISMS president, Prof. Houchang Hassan-Yari, thanks Austria for the hospitality. He welcomes Belgium and Poland as new members; the Royal Military Academy of Belgium is represented by Maj Kris Quanten, the Polish National Defence University still needs the approbation by its senate.


      2.  Presentation by the Head of Research Management at the Austrian National Defence Academy on “The Research Landscape of the Austrian National Defence Academy at a European Level”

 LtCol Ernst Felberbauer briefs on the national and international cooperation networks of the Austrian National Defence Academy (s. presentation attached). The main focus goes into the following networks: EU, NATP/PfP, UN, bilateral cooperation with institutions and Austrian research and training institutions. The added value of the ISMS is the fact that it is pure military and research driven. Compared to this, the European security and Defence College (ESDC) for example is mainly training driven, and there are also civilian institutions. Also other ISMS members had the experience of transferring their institutions towards Bologna, opening to civilians, and therefore have the challenge of competing with civilian institution.

Feichtinger stresses the added value of ISMS for Austria, which was the reason for this presentation. Further more, he wants to end his “double-hatted” period; in future, he will concentrate on his work for the council, Dr. Thomas Pankratz will take over the leadership of the working group “Security, Defence Policy and Strategy”. Dr. Pankratz is lecturer at the University of Vienna, worked for the Directorate for Security Policy and is researcher and security policy expert at the Institute for Strategy and Security Policy at the Austrian National Defence Academy.

Hassan Yari thanks for the presentation and welcomes Dr. Pankratz in the ISMS.

      3.  Working Group “Professional Military Education”

 The installation of a working group on “Professional Military Education (PME)” is already ongoing for some time. Dr. James Corum brought this idea into ISMS.

There is support from Sweden and Denmark, but some discussion what the name includes, especially if this working group should also be open to civilians. The focus of the group should be anything that pertains to educating military personnel.

A discussion follows (continued on the second day) on the formulation of the Working Group, suggestions are “Teaching Military Sciences?”, “Education in Military Institutions”, “Military Education”, … PME could be too narrow, some institutions are already farther, and there are other subject areas that should be included. As a conclusion/decision, Corum will talk to his colleague Paul Mitchell about the discussion and provide a title out of his network/group together with an outline and vision.

      4.  Students/faculty exchange



 Hansen argues that due to the demand of accreditation authorities it is increasingly important to exchange students as well as faculty, if just for two to three weeks or so.

Hassan-Yari counters that the ISMS might not be the right organization to arrange such exchanges, as they are mostly bilateral. Exchange is a good idea nonetheless, a section will be arranged on the ISMS website as platform where people can post places and offers.

Feichtinger sums up the important bullets:

-          flexibility in length,

-          which courses exist, which can be offered,

-          question of number of ECTS points,

-          support by host country regarding lodging,

-          mutual benefit.

Hansen agrees that it is a complex area, he will provide more detailed suggestion and a paper as well as a equivalent in ECTS-points.

Bon underlines the big interest in the exchange of knowledge and expertise or feedback for setting up courses or curricula.

Nota bene: DK is not part of Erasmus, Norway is not in EU at all!

 An additional point is: mutual support in thesis reading and directed readings. ISMS representatives may ask other institutions for support (providing a list with the maximum number of persons and time), therefore it is advisable to compile a list of possible advisors, their expertise, time available and the number of people one can advise. Hansen will draft a proposal.

      5.  Presentation by the Head of the Austrian Armed Forces Language Institute

      6.  BG Horst Walther presents (see attached presentation) the activities and products of the Austrian Armed Forces Language Institute: translating, testing, interpreting, teaching. Additional to that, the Language Institute is tasked to teach language and cultural competence and sensitivity with the goal to achieve interoperability of the Austrian Armed Forces in both language training and military skills for international missions. Also, it is the aim to explain the different military cultures with which Austrian military personnel will have to operate. Equivalent to these tasks are the products (lexicon of military terminology, language training/testing material, cultural competency list of do’s and don’ts, …).

The presentation meets the interest of the Council members, question go into the direction of difficulties with non native English speaking students in writing for, parallel developments in other countries, especially in cultural matters.

       7.  Meeting with LtGen Erich CSITKOVITS, Commandant, Austrian National Defence Academy

 The commandant welcomes the ISMS Council members. He stresses that – as basic tasks of the ANDA – research must go together with teaching and training like two pillars. To achieve this goal it is also necessary to cooperate on national and international level. For him, the ISMS is a vital part of the research network of the NDA in order to exchange work and expertise and share resources. The Austrian National Defence Academy will pursue to support ISMS and will integrate it into existing and upcoming networks.



 Hassan-Yari reports on the status of preparation of the Kingston conference:

-          date: 23-24 October 2012;

-          hotel contracted: Residence Inn (Marriott), 100 rooms reserved (169,- Canadian $);

-          keynote speakers: 1 senator confirmed, Minister of Defence tbc, Commander RMC confirmed;

-          participants are expected to present their papers;

-          publication: ISMS does not have publications series, but members can do it; abstracts are being collected, currently 24 abstracts (Columbia, Singapore, …)

-          the new WG PME will already be included.

 Hansen informs that the planning process for the AC 2013 in Copenhagen has started, one possible topic: “Smart Defence”, NATO SG as potential keynote speaker.

 Feichtinger says that it is too early to give any information on the AC 2014 in Vienna.

 Question: where will the AC 2015 be? Suggestions: Poland or Finland.

       9.  Intensifying the cooperation in future:

 Hansen emphasises the importance and the chances of faculty exchange – this should be advertised and would help to show immediate benefit.

Offers are made by Bon, Corum, Hassan-Yari, Haaland.

Feichtinger will distribute information about existing courses (political advisor, peacekeeping).


      10.  Conclusions:

 -          As some countries do not have the signed original of the LOI any more, Denmark and the Netherlands will send copies to all members of the Council.

-          Additional to that, the ISMS charter will be disseminated.

-          Set up accredited modules of 10 ECTS open to students of ISMS member institutions. Preferably for PhD-students, since it could be arranged most flexibly.

-          Lectures at each other’s institutions.

-          Thesis supervision.

-          Courses in directed reading for students starting their thesis research.

-          Information on existing and future courses (offered in English, or those that could be changed into English).

-          Feichtinger suggests a structure for identifying and intensifying cooperation, see attached diagram.

 Hassan-Yari thanks the participants for their contribution and closes the council meeting.

List of Participants:

 Dr. Alexander BON, Lecturer on International Security Studies, Netherlands Defence Academy

 Dr. James CORUM, Dean, Baltic Defence College

 Dr. Maja Kirilova ERIKSSON, Vice President, Swedish National Defence College

 BG Dr. Walter FEICHTINGER, Director, Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management, Austrian National Defence Academy

 Dr. Torunn HAALAND, Dean, Norwegian Defence University College

 Dr. Flemming Splidsboel HANSEN, Research Director, Royal Danish Defence College

 Prof. Dr. Houchang HASSAN-YARI, Professor & Special Assistant to the Principal for National and International Liaison, Royal Military College, Canada; ISMS president

 Benedikt HENSELLEK, Research Manager, Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management, Austrian National Defence Academy

 Dr. Hannu H. KARI, Research Director, National Defence University, Finland

 Maj (GS) Dr. Kris QUANTEN, Director Chair of Military History, Royal Military Academy, Belgium


The ISMS Council Meeting in Tartu, 8 November 2011


Minutes from the Council meeting on 8 November 2011 (clicko n the link to download)



 The ISMS council meeting in Oslo, 16 June, 2011



 From the left: Dr Walter Feichtinger, Prof Houchang Hassan-Yari, Prof Maja Kirilova Eriksson, Dr Torunn Laugen Haaland, Dr Alexander Bon, Dr James S. Corum.












1.    Approval of minutes from last meeting

 The minutes from the Council meeting in Stockholm, November 2010, was approved.

 2.    Negotiation of ISMS Charter

 A draft ISMS charter was negotiated and approved. The approved Charter is attached as an annex to these minutes. Torunn Haaland reserved her approval awaiting a decision by the leadership of the Norwegian Defence University College.

 3.    The upcoming conference in Tartu

 James Corum informed the Council about the program for the next annual conference in Tartu. Members agreed to encourage more paper proposals from their institutions.

 4.    Current cooperation in research - activities, shortfalls and options.  

 ISMS Council exchanged information on the current research cooperation and activities within ISMS framework. Council members agreed to post opportunities for research exchange and post opening on the ISMS web site.

 Council members also agreed to compare course modules at the next meeting in Tartu.

 5.    Annual conference in Canada 2012

Council members agreed that the topic for the annual conference in 2012 should be: “Balancing domestic and international security requirement”, focusing in particular on the high north, civil-military relations and budget austerity.

 6.    Additional business

Council members agreed on the following by-laws of the ISMS:

 I)       By-laws are decided by a majority of council members.

II)     By-laws set procedures for the functioning of the ISMS.

III)   At present there are 8 working groups in the ISMS. Changes in the Working groups will be decided by majority vote of the ISMS Council.

IV)   Member institutions proposing a new member will provide a report in the suitability of the institution to the ISMS Council.

V)    New members will join in by signing the letter of intent (2008) as an addendum.


From the left: Dr Walter Feichtinger, Prof Houchang Hassan-Yari, Dr Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, Prof Maja Kirilova Eriksson, Dr Alexander Bon, Dr James S. Corum.




The ISMS council meeting in Stockholm 09 Nov, 2010

 Agenda for the ISMS Council meeting on 9 November 2010 

  1.  Briefing on the forthcoming ISMS conference in Stockholm
  2.  Implementing enhanced cooperation in research

    At their meeting in Helsinki, Council members agreed that ISMS members should send to the SNDC lists with headings, short abstracts and information on contact persons on current non-classified research projects where cooperation is desirable. The information was to be published on the ISMS website. What can be done to promote contributions?
  3. Promotion of the six broad themes for future collaboration
  4. Discussion on possible themes for the 2011 conference
  5. Discussion on future ISMS development
    • The strategic vision for ISMS in a ten year perspective
    • Criteria for possible invitation of new ISMS members
    • Associate membership?
    • Establishment of some kind of mechanism for our annual cooperation.
  6. Dates and places for the future ISMS conferences 2011 and 2012
  7. Plans for ISMS conferences 2013-15
  8. Date and place for the next Council meeting
  9. AOB 


 From left Hannu H. Kari, Gerry Larsson, Torunn Haaland, Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, Houchang Hassan-Yari, Alexander Bon, Maja Kirilova Eriksson, James S. Corum and Walter Feichtinger.


The ISMS council meeting in Helsinki 25 May, 2010

The main focus of the meeting was the ISMS Conference in Stockholm, 10-11 November, 2010 and the need for further cooperation in defence related research projects.

The discussion concluded that the ISMS - aside from the different "tracks" - also should concentrate its efforts on a rather few inter disciplinary themes:

  • ·         Military Education
  • ·         State Violence
  • ·         Challenges facing small states I relation to security and defence
  • ·         The future of Crisis Management
  • ·         Gender and violence
  • ·         Defence technology – management and development in smaller states 
A model on how to work within these themes will be discussed at the next ISMS Council meeting in Stockholm on 9 November.
Council meeting in Helsinki 25 May, 2010 

From left Walter Feichtinger, James S. Corum, Alexander Bon, Hannu H. Kari, Göran Malaise, Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, Maja Kirilova Eriksson and Houchang Hassan-Yari


Dr James S. Corum, Baltic Defence College

Dr Hannu H. Kari, Finnish National Defence University
Dr Walter Feichtinger, Austrian National Defence Academy
Dr Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, Royal Danish Defence College
Dr Alexander Bon, Dutch Defence Academy
Prof Houchang Hassan-Yari, Royal Military Academy of Canada
Prof Maja Kirilova Eriksson, Swedish National Defence College
MA Olli Aro, Finnish National Defence University
Com s.g. Göran Malaise, Swedish National Defence College



      8.  Annual Conferences: 2012 Kingston, Canada; 2013 Denmark, 2014 Austria