John A. Adams '71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Established in 2002, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for
Military History & Strategic Analysis is a specialized element of the Virginia
Military Institute dedicated to Cold War military history and the connections
between the Cold War and contemporary national security affairs. Its mission is
to produce, preserve, and perpetuate knowledge related to Cold War military
Through the generous support of John A. Adams, VMI class of
1971, the Adams Center team supports innovative scholarship on Cold War topics;
collects, preserves, and advertises Cold War resources; and organizes events that
heighten the awareness of the enduring importance of the Cold War. In June
2013, the Adams Center advisory board adopted a five-year strategic plan, “Strategic
Vision 2012-2017,” to transform the center into a vibrant academic organization
recognized for its innovative approach to Cold War military history and
The former command historian, U.S. Southern Command, Dr.
Bradley Lynn Coleman ’95 has served as director of the Adams Center since
The Adams Center is pleased to announce its annual spring Dissertation Prize. The Adams Center will award a $3,000 grant to a graduate student in history or related field working on a dissertation in the area of Cold War military history. The award is intended to promote innovative scholarship on Cold War topics; application must be received by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, 2015.
Recent events include The Enduring Legacy: Leadership and National Security Affairs During the Ronald Reagan Era, a conference hosted by the Adams Center and the Center for Leadership and Ethics.