Caribbean Defense and Security Course (CDSC)

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NOTE:
The course dates and application period are tentative. If/when the dates change, this page will be updated to reflect the change.


The objective of the CDSC is to help participants develop and expand their competence in analyzing issues and working with policy, strategy, planning, and resource management in the security and defense sectors. Participants study international and national security environments and processes; defense and security policy formulation and implementation; resource management; cooperation between civilians and the military in the enforcement of laws; defense economics; transnational security issues; and interagency and international coordination, in order to produce more effective national security and defense policies. The course highlights the issues and challenges confronting the English-speaking nations in the Caribbean region.

Course Goals

More information is forthcoming.

Course Learning Objectives

More information is forthcoming.

Course Structure

This is a six-week course, with a four-week online phase and two-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. The residential phase is conducted using a combination of individual study, discussions of the readings, small-group discussions and panels, case studies and exercises. Candidates from the English-speaking Caribbean, to include Belize, Guyana and Suriname, are given priority over candidates from other countries.

Administrative Details

Graduates from other Perry Center resident courses held in Washington, DC 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/secretaries of National Security and/or Defense.
  • Officials from other ministries/secretaries/institutions of government that interact with the ministries/secretaries of National Security and/or Defense, including from the legislative and judicial branches, foreign relations, the components for budgetary planning, and control and oversight institutions.
  • Police and active duty military officers with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and above (accommodations are made for smaller countries’ rank structures).
  • NGO and think-tank staffs involved in security/defense matters, members of the business community, educators, academic researchers, journalists and members of political parties and any other research institution concerning security or defense issues.

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 on a case-by-case basis.


The CDSC is conducted in English with no interpretation. Fluency in the English language is required for reading theoretical and conceptual materials and for participating in complex discussions in plenary sessions and small groups. Candidates who do not speak English as their native language will be interviewed prior to final selection.