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Forging Relationships, Strengthening Democracies


Department of Defense

Federal Oversight
Congress established a committee, the Board of Visitors, to oversee the institute’s operations. The board includes four Members of Congress; a senior State Department official; commanders of U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Northern Command, and U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command along with six civilian appointees. The BOV meets at least once each year and reporting its findings through the Secretary of Defense to Congress. Annual minutes are posted to the Federal Committee database, available online.

WHINSEC is proud and fortunate to be on Fort Benning, where the MCoE leads the Army in training leaders. Together, the Institute and the MCoE train more international students than any other DoD location.

We are Open!
Visitors are welcome. Come, sit in classes, talk with faculty and students, and review our instructional materials. Phone: (706) 545-1923 e-mail to: 7161 Richardson Circle Fort Benning, GA 31905-2507 Visit our web site at:

Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation

Libertad, Paz y Fraternidad

Freedom, Peace, and Brotherhood

Two Schools & an Academy

of Professional Military Education
offers three courses:

Captains Career Command & General Staff Officer Course (ILE) Joint Operations

Vision Be the premier educational and training institute that prepares leaders to solve hemispheric challenges using a whole-of-government approach to foster productive regional partnerships

offers eleven courses: in the Department of Civil Military Studies,
Civil Affairs Operations Resource Management & Logistics Peace & Stability Operations Information Operations Counterdrug Operations Medical Assistance Engineer Operations Operational Information Analyst Cadet Leadership Development Cadet Professional Development

—School of Specialized Studies

in the Department of Tactics & Special Operations,

Mobile Training Teams
Mobile Training Teams go to requesting nations to present courses in nine of the topics listed. Most requested? Human Rights Instructor, Counterdrug Operations, and Medical Assistance.

the Department of Democracy & Human Rights
offers the Human Rights Instructor Course and provides Democracy, Ethics and Human Rights instruction in every other course.

—Roy Benavidez NCO Academy
NCO Professional Development-English NCO Professional Development-Spanish Small Unit Leader Senior Enlisted Advisor *Staff & Faculty Development Division teaches the Army Instructor Course to all Institute instructors & to partner-nation personnel.

offers four courses:

Democracy, Ethics and Human Rights
“Promote democratic values, respect for human rights and knowledge and understanding of U.S. customs and traditions.”