Perry Center Explores Solutions to Complex Threats in New Academic Course

DPCT 2016
July 15, 2016

More than 30 students from 10 Latin American countries are attending a new academic course at the William J. Perry Center on how to handle complex security threats. The course, Defense Policy and Complex Threats (DPCT), is directed by Dr. Luis Bitencourt and Professor Guillermo Pacheco. It is a part of a series of Perry Center courses designed to improve the institutional efficiencies of security ministries in the Americas in the face of the convergence of threats such as organized crime and terrorism.

On the first day, the students were welcomed by the Director of the Center Perry Mark Wilkins and Ambassador Wanda L. Nesbitt, Vice President of the National Defense University. Students also have a chance to hear from representatives of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Southern Command, other partner nations, and representatives from National Defense University.

The course aims to provide students with the methodological tools and techniques for the development of effective policies to a complex context and rapid changes in the threats. Over the course of the ten days, students examine methodologies such as SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats), SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely), the Delphi Method, and the CAPA methodology, among others.

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