The National Defence College (NDC) was established in 1992 as the highest military institution in Nigeria for the training of senior military officers on strategic thinking and policy formulation regarding defence sector. Since the Nigerian Armed Forces had already established a strong tri-service heritage in the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, it was appropriate and cost effective to continue the tradition by establishing the new top level military institution on a tri-service basis.