Academic Program

Inter-American Defense College

The Inter-American Defense College (IADC), located on Fort Lesley J. McNair, was formally opened on 9 October 1962 when the Honorable Dean Rusk, then Secretary of State of the United States, presented the building and furnishings donated by the United States Government.

The Inter American Defense College (IADC) offers a unique and fully accredited Master of Science and Diploma in Inter-American Defense and Security.  The aim of the academic program is to develop highly qualified defense and security professionals who are ready to assume senior strategic-level positions within their governments.


In the first semesters, students study the theory and intellectual history of diverse themes relevant to Inter-American Defense and Security. At this stage, we introduce them to the critical foundational knowledge needed to enhance their understanding of the actors, processes and relationships that comprise the Inter-American System and the driving forces behind the decision-making process. Students also visit key organizations within the United States to gain a deeper understanding of the strategic relationships and democratic institutions that form part of the Inter-American system.


Both content and context provide the theory-rich stepping blocks to the subsequent semester, which includes new theoretical courses, critical conceptual tools, applied methodology, practical exercises, and field experiences. Students participate in study trips to select countries within the hemisphere to further enrich their academic background and ability to deal with complex defense and security challenges facing the Americas.

Established in 1962

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Inter-American Defense College

210 B Street Suite 1

Fort McNair Washington, DC 20319-5008


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