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 04, 2020 to May 15, 2020
Residential Phase Dates: 
Jun 01, 2020 to Jun 05, 2020
Application Dates:

Language Requirements: 
Course given in English


In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Perry Center has postponed this course. New dates: TBD. As previously planned, the selection results will be announced to all applicants via e-mail on April 6.

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.

Due to this course's focus, candidates from the English-speaking Caribbean, to include Belize, Guyana and Suriname, are given priority over those from other countries.

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 resident phase. Participants use National Defense University's (NDU) distance learning system Blackboard, to download reading material, submit assignments and participate in video conferences. The resident phase is conducted using a combination of individual study, discussions of the readings, small-group discussions and panels, case studies and exercises.

This course aims at improving, at a foundational level, the ability of participants to think critically of the challenges to their defense and security establishments represented by a fast changing strategic environment. It also aims at introducing analytical considerations on the value of security sector governance and inter-agency coordination to promote the empowerment of their respective institutions.

Additionally, CDSCi supports the 2018 National Defense Strategy, as well as the 2017 National Security Strategy, DASD-WHA and COCOM top priorities/lines of effort for the Perry Center in FY20-21, namely:

  1. Strengthen alliances and attract new partners;
  2. Protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life;
  3. Support DoD efforts to combat transnational threats
  4. Building partner capacity

This course also supports the USSOUTHCOM and USNORTHCOM FY17-22 Theater Campaign Plans.

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: March 30, 2020