The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies is one of five United States Department of Defense Regional Centers, and the only bilateral Center—a partnership between the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the German Federal Ministry of Defense (FMoD). An instrument of German-American cooperation, the Center addresses regional and transnational security issues for the U.S. DoD and German FMoD while maintaining a vast alumni network of security professionals.
Marshall Center Headquarters
The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies' Headquarters building houses the offices of the Director, and U.S. and German Deputy Directors and their support staff. It also houses the staff of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes.
Founded in 1999 during the NATO Summit, PfPC is an international security cooperation organization of more than 800 defense academies and security studies institutes across 60 countries.
College of International and Security Studies
The Marshall Center’s College of International and Security Studies offers military and civilian officials resident courses that focus on democratic defense management and national, regional and international security.
The Marshall Center also partners with the Bundeswehr University in Munich for a 12-month Master in International Security Studies postgraduate degree. It is an international, policy-oriented program, designed especially for the requirements of military, diplomatic and other governmental institutions. The MISS aims at preparing future leaders for executive assignments in national and international military, diplomatic, governmental and private services, providing them with an extensive, practice-oriented knowledge of security studies, international law, strategic studies, terrorism, stability operations and civil security.
PLTCE Language Center
The Partner Language Training Center Europe (PLTCE), a NATO Partner Training and Education Centre (PTEC), offers advanced and specialized classroom instruction in Arabic, English, French, Persian-Farsi, and Russian to more than 400 U.S. military and NATO/Partner attendees each year.
Included in this are faculty professional development courses in language testing and classroom instruction and assessment.
Plenary Auditorium in Building 105
The Plenary Auditorium in Building 105 is a state-of-the-art plenary auditorium that has seating for 234 people.
It is primarily used for lectures for participants attending Marshall Center resident and outreach events.
Konrad Adenauer Hall
The Konrad Adenauer Hall was dedicated Nov. 6, 2002.
Konrad Adenauer, grandson and namesake of the late Chancellor, along with Dr. Robert Kennedy, the former director of the Marshall Center unveiled a portrait of Adenauer during the dedication ceremony.
The Konrad Adenauer Hall is on main floor of Building 105, which houses a state-of-the-art plenary that will seat 234 people. It is primarily used for lectures for participants attending Marshall Center resident and outreach events.
Wörner Hall, with its distinctive clock tower and German and American flags flying in the front, serves as a focal point of the Marshall Center.
This facility was named in honor of Manfred Wörner (1934-1994), the German Minister of Defense (1982-88) and NATO Secretary General (1988-1994). He was an early proponent of the Marshall Center, believing it should be a joint U.S.-German endeavor. Wörner Hall was dedicated in his memory in July 1997.
Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Auditorium
The Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Auditorium is in Building 106 with a seating capacity of 100. It is also for plenary presentations for Marshall Center resident and outreach events. It is conducive to classroom discussions and debates.
This auditorium was named for the late Joseph J. Kruzel, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO policy. One of his first undertakings as deputy assistant secretary was the creation of Partnership for Peace, a program designed to bring the former Warsaw Pact nations closer to NATO.
During summer 1995, reports of ethnic cleansing and mass killings in the former Yugoslavia gripped the world’s conscience.
As the crisis deepened, DoD officials said, Kruzel’s expertise and diplomacy led to his becoming DoD’s chief negotiator on the U.S. team working to end the conflict. As DoD’s special envoy to Bosnia, Kruzel worked to end the war.
Kruzel did not live to see his battle won. In August 1995, he and two other U.S. negotiators were killed outside Sarajevo. A rain-soaked dirt road collapsed beneath the armored personnel carrier in which they were trying to reach Sarajevo, sending the vehicle rolling down a 500-meter slope.
Nick Pratt Hall
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Nichols “Nick” Pratt conceived, created, and implemented the Marshall Center's Program on Terrorism and Security Studies. He was the PTSS program director from the very beginning in 2004 and until his death in December 2013.
The “house” he built was officially dedicated in his honor during a ceremony held Nov. 17 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
“As many of you know, after 9/11 (Sept.11, 2001 attacks on the United States) Nick Pratt conceived of, created and implemented the Marshall Center's Program on Terrorism and Security Studies,” said retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, director of the Marshall Center, speaking to a packed house of about 200 people, half of whom studied under Pratt. “What Nick Pratt created and ran is the ‘gold standard’ in the field of counterterrorism education, and he did it in this building that we are dedicating to him today.”
His wife of 34 years, Marianna Pratt, and one of his four daughters, Sarah Pratt Fink and her husband and son, attended the dedication.
“Nick was 100 percent devoted to PTSS and educating his students, and he spent hours with the syllabus making sure it was going to be the best for each class, and handpicked all the adjunct faculty to make sure they were going to be the best seminar leaders and lecturers – He lived and breathed the PTSS. It was his life,” said Mrs. Pratt, during her remarks.
Dayton also said in his remarks that PTSS became Pratt’s life work, and this resident program gained the respect of counterterrorism officials around the world.
“The PTSS program quickly became widely known and had strong backing in OSD (Office of Secretary of Defense),” said Ben Reed, the then U.S. deputy director for the Marshall Center, who organized the dedication ceremony. “His work with course development and participants were certainly beneficial to the reputation of the Marshall Center.”
The ceremony ended with the unveiling of the dedication citation and Pratt’s photo when he was a professor here in the hall of building 106.
Life as a Participant
Marshall Center Research Library
The Marshall Center Research Library advances and supports the learning, teaching, and research goals of our participants, faculty, and alumni.
Our collection primarily focuses on global security, terrorism, cyberterrorism, international relations, strategic communication, as well as peace and stabilization operations, including crisis and conflict management.
The library houses more than 65,000 volumes of books and multimedia in English, German and Russian and subscribes to more than 150 journals.
We also offer access to a much larger collection by way of e-books, e-journals, online databases and other electronic resources that can be accessed from anywhere on-campus, or via the GlobalNET portal when off-campus.
Our staff provides valuable services such as Research Guides and research skills instruction in classes and workshops, as well as individualized help.
Marshall Center Dining Facility
Meals are served seven days a week at the Marshall Center Dining Facility on Artillery Kaserne. Meals are served buffet style and tables are set to accommodate small and large groups. To accommodate international participants, the chef prepares healthy meals from around the world, including Mediterranean, American, Pacific, Eastern and Western European, Central Asian and North African cuisine. Meal options also accommodate religious and dietary restrictions and include vegetarian options. Unfortunately, halal meals are not available.
The dining facility is open for breakfast from 6:30-8 a.m. on weekdays and from 7:30-10 a.m. on weekends and U.S. Federal holidays; for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and for dinner daily from 5:30-8 p.m
Marshall Center Memorial
The large rock facing the Marshall Center's flagpoles bears a plaque marking the dedication of the Marshall Center. The ceremony occurred on June 5, 1993, led by then U.S. Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and German Minister of Defense Volker Ruhe.
George C. Marshall Statue
The statue of our namesake, George C. Marshall, is slightly larger-than-life.
This figure is the first known public statue of Marshall erected in Europe, according to historical documents found at the Marshall Center’s Research Library.
The World War II general masterminded the European Recovery Program or Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover economically after the war.
It was originally placed in front of the main entrance of the Marshall Center, where it symbolically faced east. In 2009, a wall was built where the gate once stood, and the statue of Marshall was moved slightly, still facing east but now, outside the wall of the Marshall Center. The area was rededicated in Oct. 2009.
This work of art was sponsored by the Marshall Center, the Friends of the Marshall Center and the City of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The Friends of the Marshall Center were formed in 1996 and is an organization comprised of citizens from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, who sponsor activities for participants attending Marshall Center resident courses. These activities help participants, who are from around the world, experience the Bavarian culture while they are here.
Bavarian Artist Christiane Horn (1957-2001) of Wartenberg, Germany, sculptured the statue, which was unveiled during a dedication ceremony April 30, 1998 at the Marshall Center.
The Honorable Vernon Walter, former U.S. ambassador to Germany, was among the keynote speakers during the original dedication ceremony. In his speech, he remembered his days as an aide to Gen. Marshall before a crowd of 500.
Other speakers including Wilhelm Rehm, the vice mayor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Maj. Gen. Winfried Dunkel, chief of the German Armed Services Office.
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
Located with the Marshall Center on Sheridan Barracks is the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, an Armed Forces Recreation Center, provides relaxation, recreation and sustainment for military personnel, their families and other members of the Total Defense Force. A premier vacation and conference year-round destination. Amenities include: diverse dining options; a Wellness Club with fitness center, pool and hot tub; a family friendly resort in the perfect location; year-round Guided Tours and a Certified Snowsports School. Eligibility requirements apply.
Pullman Café features locally brewed coffee, fresh made hot sandwiches, salads, fresh-baked pastries and more. Enjoy one of the most beautiful views from our terrace.