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 a special edition of its annual Cold War essay contest. The Adams team is looking for the best unpublished paper on national security affairs during the Ronald Reagan presidency. Entries due by August 31, 2014.