The forefront of safety and security.

The H.R. McMaster Center for Security Studies Cybersecurity Division coordinates faculty cybersecurity initiatives, cybersecurity undergraduate and faculty research, and external outreach.

Cybersecurity Division

Cybersecurity Division

The Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) H.R. McMaster Center for Security Studies Cybersecurity Division provides a critical nexus merging the theory of information assurance with practical application. The Cybersecurity Division of The McMaster Center 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 McMaster Center Cybersecurity Division provides outreach with educational and professional resources for students, educators, and the community.

The McMaster Center Cybersecurity division provides information for:

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

For more information contact: Dr. John Andrew Landmesser at 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

The McMaster Center Leadership

  • Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
    Earl Catagnus, Jr., Ph.D.
    Founding Director of CASS
  • John Andrew Landmesser
    John Andrew Landmesser
    Deputy Director of Cybersecurity
  • Dr. Martin Clemis
    Dr. Martin Clemis
    Assistant Director of Research
  • Randy Davis, Jr.
    Randy Davis, Jr.
    Faculty Fellow

Upcoming VFMAC Events

4th Quarter Marking Period Begins
Mar 26 all-day
Easter Leave
Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 2 @ 6:30 pm
Parents’ Spring Festival Weekend @ Valley Forge Military Academy & College
Apr 13 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 15 @ 3:00 pm
VFMA Presents: South Pacific @ Valley Forge Military Academy & College
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
VFMC Admissions Saturday Visit @ Valley Forge Military Academy & College (Medenbach Hall)
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
VFMC Admissions Saturday Visit @ Valley Forge Military Academy & College (Medenbach Hall) | Wayne | Pennsylvania | United States

Saturday Visits are offered each month to prospective students. Students and their families will be given a short presentation about Valley Forge Military College by an admissions counselor. Following the presentation, students and their families will be given a tour of campus. Please arrive by 8:45 am to complete registration.

Valley Forge Military Academy and College

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


Phone: 610-989-1468

John Andrew Landmesser
Deputy Director of Cybersecurity

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


Phone: 610-989-1452



Started at VFMAC: 2014
Other Experience:

Other Information

Military Education:



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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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Randy Davis, Jr.
Faculty Fellow

Faculty Information

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Justice and Security

Courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminology, Leadership Theory and Practice, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Law and Procedures

VFMAC title: Captain

Educational Background:

Philadelphia Police Academy: Police Science, Sociology, and Law Enforcement
Chestnut Hill College: BS in Criminal Justice and Certificate in Computer and Digital Forensics
Saint Joseph’s University: MS in Criminal Justice
Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation: National Certified Investigator/Inspector Basic and Specialized Training Program

Professor Davis graduated the Philadelphia Police Academy in 1990 and progressed through increasing levels of responsibility including 10 years as a Police Sergeant.  Professor Davis was responsible for supervising multiple squads, in various assignments, of 30+ police officers.  During his tenure in the Philadelphia Police Department, Professor Davis served over 24 years of service including 3 years as Tactical and Administrative Supervisor leading many task forces that comprised of plainclothes details that focused on homicides, burglaries, and robberies and a collaborative effort with the FBI to halt a large-scale theft and resale operations.

As an Administrative Police Supervisor, Professor Davis supervised police operations with many community organizations, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP), Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy (PCVA), and Philadelphia’s Police Advisory Commission.  Professor Davis was honored with numerous prestigious awards including Valor and Bravery commendations for armed combat encounters and confrontations with armed and dangerous felons resulting the use of deadly force.

Upon retirement with Philadelphia Police Department, Professor Davis joined the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State – Bureau of Enforcement and Investigations as a Professional Conduct Investigator Supervisor.  Professor Davis led a team of investigators in investigating alleged fraud and misconduct including criminal, civil and regulatory violations by professionals licensed by the Board of Pharmacy, Board of Medicine, Board of Osteopathic Medicine, Board of Nursing, and others under the authority of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  During the course of his employment, Professor Davis liaise with the FBI, DEA, DHHS, and local law enforcement officials to conduct investigations, pharmacy inspections and led numerous investigations.  Professor Davis led task forces and covert operations related to opiate prescription abuse and fraud, child pornography and pedophilia involving professional licensed offenders, human trafficking and prostitution within massage parlor establishments, and unlicensed service operations.