The Institute for Military History, the highest military research organization under the direct control of the Ministry of National Defense, was established on September 1, 2000 as the only specialized organization for military history research in Korea. Based on the results of the Korean War Compilation Project launched by the Ministry of National Defense's War Compilation Committee in August 1964, the institute gradually strengthened the function of military history research compilation, it has been reorganized several times and it reached today.
In response to the demands of the times, the Institute for Military History is deepening the research compilation of military history and providing historical data on military issues raised as policy issues to help efficient policymaking. To this end, it is responsible for researching and compiling defense and war history, investigating and researching military operation data, and collecting, preserving and managing various military data held by related agencies at home and abroad.
In particular, the institute is actively promoting exchanges and cooperation with domestic and foreign military historical research institutes. It is also responsible for military diplomacy by exchanging military historical research materials and achievements with neighboring countries, promoting military historical research and mutual understanding through joint discussions such as mutual visits and seminars. Prior to reunification, the exchange and cooperation of military history with neighboring countries has been made to develop in-depth joint research into topics that will emerge as major military tasks.
The institute is also working hard to expand the base of military history research by actively supporting researchers interested in disclosing information on military history to the public. The information data center of the research institute, which is classified as a special library among domestic libraries, is known as a specialized military information center that supports military historical data to government agencies, research institutes, associations, and academic organizations, and exchanges and visits are increasing.
This new change is expected to greatly contribute to expanding the base of military history research by leading to the improvement of the quality of military research and implementing defense policies based on the faithful results of military history.
Today, the institute is also making utmost efforts to establish itself as a comprehensive center for military history research with high-quality information services that quickly and efficiently support various military history-related data needed by individuals and organizations.