The College has trained over 10,000 officers since its inception through its in-house training programmes. Selected civilian officers from the Ministry of Defence and officers from friendly foreign countries also attend these programmes. The College also conducts management training programmes in other premier training institutions of the defence services. Over the years, the College has achieved the unique status of being a National Centre for Management Education, especially in the field of Defence Management. In recognition of this eminence, the All India Management Association, the apex body for Management in India, invited the College to be an institutional member of the Association, along with the Indian Institutes of Management and Administrative Staff College of India.
Osmania University, Hyderabad signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the College on 14 August 1994, recognising the core programme, i.e. Higher Defence Management Course (HDMC), (erst while LDMC) as equivalent to a post-graduate degree course in management studies. Participants of the Higher Defence Management Course, from 1994-95 onwards, are awarded the degree of Master of Management Studies (MMS).
This enables the HDMC graduates to pursue higher studies in the field of management. The College also undertakes management consultancy studies to find solutions to live and complex problems of the three services. It is through the research efforts of the Faculty that the College remains sensitive to the requirements of an ever-changing environment.
The College of Defence Management has a fine blend of highly serene academic environment, rich practical experience and highest traditions of discipline and dedication. The College constantly re-examines and refines the training process, taking environmental changes into consideration, so as to be contemporary in the field of management studies. It continues to strive towards attainment of its goals and is heading towards a more challenging future. The thrust will continue to be towards a multi-directional approach in training a large section of defence service officers so that the benefits of management studies are realized at all levels of the defence hierarchy.
During the last four decades, the CDM has contributed significantly towards propagating contemporary management practices in the three Services.The College has created a place for itself in the hearts of many and a niche for itself within the environment.