Center of Excellence for Strategic Sustainability
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 was 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 were all better equipped to enhance and adjust their actions in regard to human resources.
CESS contirbuted 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.
Work of CESS terminated at the end of 2018. Cooperation between the Institute and Ministry of defence will continue with a research project.