From September 12 to 14, CHDS organized the conference for Security and Defense Education in the Americas, co-sponsored with the Inter-American Defense College, which was held at the CHDS headquarters at the National Defense University.
The conference analyzed the major issues concerning security and defense education within the Hemisphere; it evaluated and compared the various national education systems, educational institutions, curricula, and teaching methodology, and the knowledge and skills that students develop. There were a series of presentations and discussions by leading experts in security and defense education, Ministry of Defense officials, and Directors from the hemisphere’s leading educational institutions. The conference served as a platform to present the conclusions from a year-long study on the relevance of security and defense education for each nation within the hemisphere.
Conference was inaugurated by Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, Senior Vice President of National Defense University; and with the master lecture “Education as an Essential Component of Defense” by Dr. Frank Mora, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere.
There were 80 participants in attendance at the conference, and up to ten times this many following the proceedings online (via video streaming), from 25 different countries. Among them were directors of major educational institutions in the Hemisphere, as well as the analysts in charge of conducting the research project in each of the countries within the region.
The conference was the framework for presenting the results of the research project which, during the present year, has been developed for more than twenty researchers from all the countries of the hemisphere under the direction of Dr. Isidro Sepulveda.
The main conclusions of the conference, highlighted by the Director, Dr. Richard Downie, in the closing were: