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The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom is responsible for post-graduate education and the majority of command, staff, leadership, defence management, acquisition and technology training for members of the UK Armed Forces and MOD Civil Servants.

It is also responsible for the provision of non-technical research and assessment in support of the Department, and for establishing and maintaining itself as the MOD's primary link with UK universities and with international military educational institutions. By operating under unified direction and with a single budget, it capitalises on the combined strengths of its Colleges, enables the flexible and cost-effective use of staff, facilities and money and maximises influence nationally and internationally.

The Academy is comprised of the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Joint Services Command and Staff College, the College of Management and Technology, the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre and the National School of Government International.