The forefront of safety and security.

The Center for the Advancement of Security Studies’ Cybersecurity Division coordinates faculty cybersecurity initiatives, cybersecurity undergraduate and faculty research, and external outreach.

Cybersecurity Division

CASS Leadership

  • Dr. Martin Clemis
    Dr. Martin Clemis
    Assistant Director of Research
  • Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
    Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
    Founding Director of CASS
  • John Andrew Landmesser
    John Andrew Landmesser

Cybersecurity Division

The Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) Cybersecurity Division provides a critical nexus merging the theory of information assurance with practical application. The Cybersecurity Division of CASS supports innovative, comprehensive and multidisciplinary education in the Information Assurance (IA) / Computer Network Defense (CND) fields at VFMC through our Cybersecurity Certificate approved by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Students are offered a four course Cybersecurity sequence that can be taken as electives within their existing selected programs since Cybersecurity crosses and impacts all disciplines of study. Students can take advantage of this opportunity to graduate with an Associate’s degree in their desired major with an additional Cybersecurity Certificate credential on their transcript by utilizing their elective choices to complete Cybersecurity Certificate requirements.

The VFMC Cybersecurity Certificate is also being offered to Pennsylvania National Guard students with classes delivered at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA.

CASS Cybersecurity Division provides outreach with educational and professional resources for students, educators, and the community.

CASS Cybersecurity division provides information for:

  • General Public
  • Educators
  • Parents
  • Cybersecurity Professionals
  • State & Local Governments

For more information contact: Dr. John Andrew Landmesser at jlandmesser@vfma.echoorigin.net or (610) 989-1452

Education Resources – Information for Students and Educators:
Professional Resources – Career development for Cybersecurity Professionals:

Research: Whitepapers, studies and other research promoting Cybersecurity education and the Profession

Upcoming VFMAC Events

Jan 28 @ 10:00 am
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Our Chapel service is a blending of the religious, patriotic and military tradition conceived to inspire and motivate.  The Chapel is the centerpiece of our Character Development Program and has a strong influence on our[...]
Alumni Memorial Chapel of St Cornelius the Centurion
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am
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Our Chapel service is a blending of the religious, patriotic and military tradition conceived to inspire and motivate.  The Chapel is the centerpiece of our Character Development Program and has a strong influence on our[...]
Alumni Memorial Chapel of St Cornelius the Centurion
Jan
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3rd Quarter Marking Period Begins
Jan 22 all-day
First Day of Spring Semester
Jan 22 all-day
Jan
28
Sun
Chapel Service & Parade @ Alumni Memorial Chapel of St Cornelius the Centurion
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am
Chapel Service & Parade @ Alumni Memorial Chapel of St Cornelius the Centurion | Wayne | Pennsylvania | United States

Our Chapel service is a blending of the religious, patriotic and military tradition conceived to inspire and motivate.  The Chapel is the centerpiece of our Character Development Program and has a strong influence on our young cadets.  Core Virtues are emphasized at Chapel services and in the classroom.  While our Worship Service is non- denominational, it is Christian in nature.

Parade to follow Chapel Service.

Feb
4
Sun
Chapel Service & Parade @ Alumni Memorial Chapel of St Cornelius the Centurion
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am
Chapel Service & Parade @ Alumni Memorial Chapel of St Cornelius the Centurion | Wayne | Pennsylvania | United States

Our Chapel service is a blending of the religious, patriotic and military tradition conceived to inspire and motivate.  The Chapel is the centerpiece of our Character Development Program and has a strong influence on our young cadets.  Core Virtues are emphasized at Chapel services and in the classroom.  While our Worship Service is non- denominational, it is Christian in nature.

Parade to follow Chapel Service.

Feb
18
Sun
Chapel Service & Parade @ Alumni Memorial Chapel of St Cornelius the Centurion
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am
Chapel Service & Parade @ Alumni Memorial Chapel of St Cornelius the Centurion | Wayne | Pennsylvania | United States

Our Chapel service is a blending of the religious, patriotic and military tradition conceived to inspire and motivate.  The Chapel is the centerpiece of our Character Development Program and has a strong influence on our young cadets.  Core Virtues are emphasized at Chapel services and in the classroom.  While our Worship Service is non- denominational, it is Christian in nature.

Parade to follow Chapel Service.

Valley Forge Military Academy and College

Dr. Martin Clemis
Assistant Director of Research

Martin G. Clemis – earned his PhD in 2015 from Temple University, where he studied under the tutelage of Gregory J.W. Urwin. He is Assistant Professor of History and Government at Valley Forge Military College and a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, Camden. Martin’s first book, titled The Control War: The Struggle for South Vietnam, 1968-1975, will be published by the University of Oklahoma Press in spring 2018. He is also a contributing author in Beyond the Quagmire: New Interpretations of the Vietnam Conflict (University of North Texas Press, 2018), Drawdowns: The American Way of Postwar (NYU Press, 2017), and War and Geography: The Spatiality of Organized Mass Violence (Ferdinand Schoningh, 2017). He has also had articles published in Army History and Small Wars and Insurgencies. Martin was awarded a U.S. Army Center for Military History dissertation grant in 2012 and is an alumnus of the U.S. Military Academy’s West Point Summer Seminar in Military History. Martin lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
Founding Director of CASS

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: History

Courses: American Experience I & II, Contemporary Issues in National Security, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Military Title: SSGT (USMC)

Dr. Earl J. Catagnus, Jr. (Captain/VFMAC) is the Founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Security Studies, and an Assistant Professor of History and Security Studies at Valley Forge Military College.

Dr. Catagnus’s research has focused on questions concerning military history as well as current national security and intelligence dilemmas.  He served as a national security analyst for several documentaries and news programs, and his scholarship has been featured in both academic publications such as The Journal of Military History and service journals like Marine Corps Gazette and Naval Institute Proceedings.  In 2013, he was awarded a U.S. Army Center of Military History Dissertation Fellowship, and in 2012 he was a recipient of both a Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the Robert L. Ruth and Robert C. Ruth Fellowship for the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  Currently, he is completing revisions for his book manuscript titled, Blood Brothers:  Tracing the U.S. Army Infantry and Marine Corps to a Crossroads, 1918-1945.

As for military service, Dr. Catagnus enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1998.  During recruit training, he was the Platoon and Company Honor Graduate, and, upon graduation, was meritoriously promoted to the rank of lance corporal.  Immediately after entering the Fleet Marine Force as an infantryman, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion/2nd Marines Scout/Sniper Platoon where he eventually graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps’ Scout/Sniper School.  In 2004, he deployed as a section leader in 3rd Battalion/5th Marines’ Scout/Sniper Platoon during the Second Battle for Fallujah, popularly known as Operation Phantom Fury.  His military decorations include the Purple Heart, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals one with Combat V for valor, four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, and two Certificates of Commendation.

He holds a B.S. in Life Science (with distinction) and a B.A. in History (with distinction) from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in History from Temple University.

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Contact Information

Email: ecatagnus@vfma.echoorigin.net

Phone: 610-989-1468

John Andrew Landmesser

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Department: Computer Science, Security Studies

Courses: Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Data Management & Security, Network Communications & Security, and Information Systems Security

Contact Information

Email: jlandmesser@vfma.echoorigin.net

Phone: 610-989-1452

Education

Experience

Started at VFMA&C: 2014
Other Experience:

Other Information

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