CTTN is a course for opinion leaders and mid- to senior-level officials in regional defense and security establishments in the Western Hemisphere who work on transnational threat issues that include corruption, transnational organized crime, international terrorism, external actors (including China and Russia), and cybersecurity. It builds on the knowledge, concepts, and practical tools imparted by Perry Center foundational courses and is designed to deepen participants' understanding of the defense and security threats posed by transnational threat networks.
The CTTN course supports the Perry Center's goals of improved sustainable institutional capacity to enhance national, regional, and international security and address the emerging threats from corruption, transnational criminal organizations, international terrorism, cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and strategic competition in the Americas. The course addresses regional security issues such as combating illicit trafficking and terrorism that promote the sharing of best practices and lessons learned in countering transnational threat networks.
CTTN examines how terrorist and criminal organizations thrive in an environment of corruption and impunity and pose defense and security threats to the Americas through their illicit activities. These activities include drug trafficking, money laundering, arms trafficking, human smuggling and trafficking, illicit mining, counterfeiting, IUU fishing, terrorism, and cybercrime. Each of these modalities is analyzed through country case studies, including Central America, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, and the Tri-border region of South America. The role of competitors like China and Russia is also explored. The course concludes with an evaluation of government strategies and policies and interagency cooperation that address the threat from illicit networks and US adversaries in the Americas at the national, regional, and international levels.
The course is designed to provide an educational opportunity for strategic thinking and analysis about the threats posed by transnational criminal organizations and illicit networks and the strategies, policies, and mechanisms that military, law enforcement, and civilian leaders can leverage to combat these emerging threats. Upon completion of the course, each participant should be able to:
A two-week online phase will familiarize participants with CTTN topics. During this phase, participants will review assigned readings and be evaluated for their participation by the professor and prepare policy paper proposals.
A two-week in-residence phase will engage participants in an intensive program of lectures, conferences, seminars, case studies, and readings. Civilian and military participants will become aware of and apply concepts critical to CTTN and other transnational threats like terrorism. Participants will understand and evaluate the decision-making process in designing strategies to combat transnational threat networks.
Course activities include:
Candidates must be professionally engaged in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies concerning drug trafficking, money laundering, arms trafficking, human smuggling, counterfeiting, IUU fishing, and/or cyber crimes, coming from the following institutions/activities:
In accordance with Department of Defense policy, citizens of countries with designated income levels established by the World Bank are not eligible for scholarships. At this time, this restriction applies to the following Western Hemisphere nations: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Guyana, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. Citizens of these countries may still apply to courses, but in a self-funded status.
The CTTN Course replaced our CTOC (Combating Transnational Organized Crime) course. Graduates of previous CTOC courses offered by the Perry Center or the George C. Marshall Center are not eligible to apply.
Candidates must possess a university degree or, in cases where a candidate does not hold a degree, equivalent practical experience. Military and police personnel must have completed a command and staff course or equivalent. Exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The CTTN course is conducted in Spanish. There is simultaneous interpretation from English during some plenary sessions. Minimum professional reading skills in English are desired for candidates to read theoretical and conceptual materials. English speaking skills are not required.