From September 14-18, 2015, the Perry Center is conducting the Washington Security and Defense Seminar for over 80 members of the Latin American defense attaché and diplomatic community. The seminal allows participants to develop their knowledge and understanding of the security and defense environment and the policymaking processes of Washington. During a one-week program, participants identify issues and comprehend the main perspectives on national objectives, preferences on strategies, policy guidelines, and the dynamics of decision-making in a democratic society. In an academic, non-attribution environment, participants have the unique experience of listening to and exchanging ideas with key civilian and military officials and advisors of the Executive Branch, as well as interacting with civilian academic professors working on issues related to the Western Hemisphere. The presence of representatives from the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the National Security Council, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Washington think tank community provides diverse exposure to perspectives, responsibilities, bureaucratic issues, and policy challenges and preferences. The curriculum combines lectures, question-and-answer sessions, and moderated seminar discussions lead by Perry Center professors.