Caribbean Defense and Security Course Intensive (CDSCi 2020)


In accordance with Department of Defense policy, citizens of countries with designated income levels established by the World Bank are not eligible for scholarships. At this time, this restriction applies to the following Western Hemisphere nations: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. Citizens of these countries may still apply to courses, but in a self-funded status.

Online Phase Dates: 
May 11, 2020 to May 22, 2020
Residential Phase Dates: 
Jun 01, 2020 to Jun 05, 2020
Application Dates:
Oct 21, 2019 to Jan 10, 2020

Language Requirements: 
Course given in English


The principal objective of this course is to offer participants the theoretical foundations and analytical tools to help them develop and/or expand their ability to be active participants in the processes of security and defense strategy and policy formulation, decision-making, implementation, and control and oversight. Using the international and hemispheric security and defense environment as a framework for reference, the course deals with the challenges faced by countries of the English-speaking Caribbean to provide security and to improve defense administration.

Participants analyze, at the policy level, the links and the different perspectives in dealing with security challenges in the global, regional and national spheres. The curriculum seeks to help students better understand US defense and security policies towards the Caribbean sub-region as well as the agencies responsible for their implementation.

COURSE OVERVIEW (click on the + below to open the individual items)

The principal objective is to serve as foundational course for participants from the defense and security sectors by examining strategies and policies related to four thematic areas: national security, combating transnational organized crime, preventing terrorism and addressing natural disasters. Each topic is developed through readings, plenary presentations, group discussions, case studies and tested through a practical table-top and a course project that requires participants to complete an executive summary of a defense or security action plan.

This is a three-week course, with a two-week distance learning phase and one-week residential phase. Participants use National Defense University's (NDU) distance learning system, Blackboard, to download reading material, submit assignments and participate in video conferences as required by the instructor. The residential phase is conducted using a combination of individual study, discussions of the readings, small-group discussion boards and writing exercises.

This course is tailored in response to the defense policy goals of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and the objectives of the combatant commands, particularly those related to the critical mission of the US Government and the Department of Defense to strengthen whole-of-government approaches to the promotion of democratic accountability, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS (click on the + below to open the individual items)

Perry Center graduates who have successfully completed previous iterations of CDSC are not eligible to apply.

Candidates must be professionally engaged in defense or security issues in their countries, coming from the following institutions/activities:

  • Career officials from the Ministries/Secretariats of Security and Defense.
  • Officials from other ministries/secretariats, from the legislative and judicial branches that interact with security and defense, including planning and control and oversight institutions.
  • NGO and think-tank staffs involved in security/defense matters, educators, academic researchers, journalists and members of political parties.
  • Police and active duty military officers with the rank of lieutenant colonel and above, or equivalent.

Candidates must possess a university degree or equivalent practical experience. Military and police personnel must have completed a command and staff course or equivalent. Exceptions are evaluated in a case-by-case basis.

The course is conducted in English. Fluency in English is required for reading theoretical and conceptual materials and for conducting group discussions. Candidates who do not speak English as their native language will be interviewed prior to final selection.

Updated / Actualizado: August 21, 2019