Inter-American Defense College

The Inter-American Defense College (IADC) is an international educational institution located in Washington D.C., United States, operating under the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB).

The IADC course provides a professionally oriented, multidisciplinary, graduate-level course of study. The eleven-month program provides senior military and government officials with a comprehensive understanding of governmental systems, the current international environment, structure and function of the Inter-American system, and an opportunity to study broad based security issues affecting the Hemisphere and the world. The development of these concentrations is accomplished through the detailed study of political, economic, psychosocial, and military factors of power. The College takes advantage of the educational and research facilities in the Washington D.C. area as well as external academic visits to the Americas. Faculty and students also engage in research and publishing.

The IADC, located on Fort Lesley J. McNair, was formally opened on 9 October 1962 when the Honorable Dean Rusk, then Secretary of State of the United States, presented the building and furnishings donated by the United States Government. Doctor Jose A. Mora, then Secretary General of the Organization of American States, was the principal speaker at the opening ceremony. The first class, with 29 students representing 15 American republics, received their diplomas on 20 March 1963 with then Vice President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, giving the graduation address and awarding diplomas.

Since its opening more than 2,000 students have graduated from the IADC, of which many have gone on to become presidents, cabinet ministers, ambassadors, or general officers for their respective nations. In January 2006, Class 37 graduate Michelle Bachelet was elected president of Chile, becoming the second IADC graduate to be elected to presidential office, after Lucio Gutiérrez of Ecuador.

IADC students follow a demanding curriculum that includes seminars, daily briefings, travel abroad, and preparing a final monograph that charges each student to take a position on hot topics within the Western Hemisphere.

Distiguished Alumni

*Michelle Bachelet, President and former Minister of National Defense and Minister of Health of Chile
*Lucio Gutiérrez, former President of Ecuador
*General Otto Pérez Molina, Guatemalan Army (Ret), Presidential Candidate of Guatemala
*General Jorge Daniel Castro Castro, Director, Colombian National Police
*General de División Otto A. Romero, Minister of Defense of El Salvador
*General de División Ronaldo C. Leiva, Minister of Defense of Guatemala
*Daniel Delgado Diamante, Minister of Government and Justice of Panama
*Ambassador María de Lourdes Aranda Bezaury, Ambassador and former Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
*Major General William A. Navas, Jr., US Army (Ret), Assistant Secretary of the Navy
*Brigadier General Antonio J. Ramos, US Air Force (Ret)

External links

* [ IADC Official site]
* [ Dr. Jose A. Mora]
* [ "Remarks Regarding the Inter-American Defense Board & College"] , Remarks by Ambassador John F. Maisto, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, to the Thirty-Second Special Session of the OAS General Assembly Considering the Juridical Link of the Inter-American Defense Board & College, March 15, 2006

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