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 1962when 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 1963with 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 Bacheletwas elected president of Chile, becoming the second IADC graduate to be elected to presidential office, after Lucio Gutiérrezof 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
Michelle Bachelet, President and former Minister of National Defense and Minister of Health of Chile
Lucio Gutiérrez, former President of Ecuador
Otto Pérez Molina, Guatemalan Army(Ret), Presidential Candidate of Guatemala
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
María de Lourdes Aranda Bezaury, Ambassador and former Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
William A. Navas, Jr., US Army(Ret), Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Antonio J. Ramos, US Air Force(Ret)
* [http://www.jid.org/en/college/ IADC Official site]
* [http://www.oas.org/documents/eng/biography_sgMora.asp Dr. Jose A. Mora]
* [http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rls/rm/2006/q1/63141.htm "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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