The Centre of Excellence for Strategic Sustainability was established in January 2014 in cooperation between the University of Tartu's Institute of Social Studies and the National Institute for Health Development in order to meet the Ministry of Defence's need to improve its expertise and knowledge with regard to human resources in the field of defence.
At CESS, expertise is combined and created along three main axes: monitoring and forecasting demographic and social changes; health and physical capability; and morale and preparedness. As the result of the information gathering and analysis at CESS, the Ministry of Defence, Defence Forces, Defence League and Defence Resources Agency are all better equipped to enhance and adjust their actions in regard to human resources.
CESS contirbutes to activities in the academic, research and development spheres in the field of sustainability related to the human factor in national defence. The outcome of the activities of CESS is of critical importance for the fields of both national defence and security as well as being a necessary input for developing Estonia's defence capability.