Baltic Defence College
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Baltic Defence College
Baltic Defence College
Estonia Balti Kaitsekolled?
Latvia Baltijas Aizsardz?bas koled?a
Lithuania Baltijos gynybos koled?as
Baltic Defence College emblem.png
MottoAd securitatem patriarum (Latin: For the fatherlands' security)
TypeMilitary college
Established25 February 1999
Academic staff
Approx. 50[]
StudentsApprox. 80[]
58°22?24?N 26°43?21?E / 58.37333°N 26.72250°E / 58.37333; 26.72250Coordinates: 58°22?24?N 26°43?21?E / 58.37333°N 26.72250°E / 58.37333; 26.72250
AffiliationsISMS; IAMP

The Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) is a multinational military college, established by the three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) in 1999. It serves as a centre of strategic and operational research and provides professional military education to intermediate- and senior-level officers and government officials from the founding states, other member states of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) EU countries, as well as other European countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine.[1]


The Baltic Defence College hosts roundtable seminars and major conferences annually, including a Cyber Conference and a Conference on Russian 'Power Projection'.[2] The college's academic faculty also engage in personal research, generating a range of different articles, books and commentaries each year.[3]


Nationality Rank Name Term
 Denmark Brigadier general Michael H. Clemmesen [da] 1999-2004
 Lithuania Brigadier general Algis Vai?eli?nas [lt] 2004-2007
 Latvia Brigadier general Gundars ?bols 2007-2010
 Estonia Brigadier general Meelis Kiili 2010-2012
 Lithuania Major general Vitalijus Vaik?noras [lt] 2012-2016
 Latvia Major general Andis Dil?ns 2016-2020
 Estonia Brigadier general Ilmar Tamm [et] 2020-present



A distant view on the Baltic Defence College building (upper right corner).

The dean between 2004 and 2008 was Tomas Jermalavicius - a Lithuanian researcher of strategic resiliency.[6]


In May 2014 Tartu County Court found Baltic Defence College staff members, Finance Officer Jana Lundblad and Chief of Support Lt. Col. Indrek Paul - Rajamäe-Volmer, guilty of misappropriation of funds. They received suspended prison sentences.[7]

Further reading

See also


  1. ^ Baltic Defence College. "Facts about the courses". Baltic Defence College. Archived from the original on 13 March 2015. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Baltic Defence College. "International Conference on Russian 'Power Projection'". Russian 'Power Projection' in the Twenty-first Century. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Baltic Defence College. "Faculty Publications". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "History of the Baltic Defence College". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ Jermalavicius, Tomas. "Institutional Page". International Centre for Defence Studies. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
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