School of the Americas:"
The Secretary of the Army may operate the military education and trainingfacility known as the United States Army School of the Americas."
U.S Code: Title 10, Section 4415
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation:
Secretary of Defense authorized to "operate an education and trainingfacility..."Secretary of a department of the military designated as the executive agentto run school
U.S. Code: Title 10, Section 2166.
Concerns and Comparison of Authority:
Currently the Secretary of the Army, who is under the direction of the Secretary of Defense, operates theSOA. With the new proposal, the Secretary of the Army, or anotherdepartment of the military, will still operate the school as an agent of theSecretary of Defense. The proposal offers no substantive change to the
PURPOSE and MISSION:
School of the Americas:
provide "military education and training to military personnel of Central andSouth American countries and Caribbean countries."
US Code: Title 10,Section 4415
provide "military education and training to the nations of Latin America","promote democratic values and respect for human rights; and foster