The Centre for Defence and Security Strategic Studies (CDSSS), the main research structure of "Carol I" National Defence University, was founded in November, 1st, 2000, as a scientific research institution of the Ministry of National Defence, subordinated to the General Staff.
Since September 2003, by the order of Minister of the National Defence (MoND), following the decision of the Supreme Council of Country's Defence, the CDSSS has been included in National Defence University.
CDSSS' activity consists of:
- Providing expertise for Romanian political-military institutions;
- Providing arguments for the role of the military component of defence;
- Providing a theoretical basis for the place and function of the military component in main strategic planning documents;
- Investigating changes in the evolution of security and defence environment influencing Romania's national interests;
- Studying the Romanian society phenomena influencing the military field;
- Developing cooperation with other military and civilian research institutions, as well as governmental and non-governmental structures;
- Implementing security values through international cooperation.