Defense Education Pedagogy 2024
DEP 2024


DEP is a virtual course aimed at faculty working in institutions that have partnerships with the Perry Center. It would cover topics of interest to those working in professional military education while also allowing the opportunity for participants to share their own research. There are four focus areas for the course:

  • Setting objectives and evaluations
  • Exercises and experiential learning
  • Teaching writing as a tool for military-scholars
  • Current research in the region



Application Period:
16 Jan 2024 -
15 Mar 2024
Virtual Active Phase:
03 Jun 2024 -
29 Jul 2024


This course is designed to support the community of security and defense professionals in the Americas to pursue collaborative approaches to mutual opportunities and challenges.

The Perry Center maintains a network of forty-two partner institutions, of which twenty-two have signed formal partnership agreements with the Center. Most of these institutions are professional military education institutions and defense and security-focused research institutes based in Latin America and the Caribbean. Although the faculty at these partner institutions are invited to come as participants to the courses (or, in some cases, as adjunct faculty and presenters), the Center has not so far created an academic offering tailored to them. This workshop would address this need by providing an academic forum specifically designed for people in this career track, while also demonstrating the unique value of formal partnership with the Perry Center.


To accommodate work schedules, DEP course participants will convene once a week and will cover a number of topics, including:

  • Introduction to course design and evaluation
  • Latest ideas in student evaluation
  • Introduction to wargame design
  • Writing and the military-scholar
  • Teaching research and writing
  • Effective online teaching
  • The future of professional military education


This course is open to educators, academic researchers, and members of research institutions that address defense and/or security issues.

The course will operate in a completely virtual environment. As such, the usual restrictions affecting Western Hemisphere nations designated as “high income” by the World Bank (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Guyana, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay) do not 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 DEP course is conducted in Spanish.  Minimum professional reading skills in English are desired for candidates to read theoretical and conceptual materials. English speaking skills are not required.