Center News

  • Jun 18, 2012
    From June 6 to 14, 2012, Colombia hosted the 9th annual FUERZAS COMANDO exercise at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida. During this time special operations forces from 21 countries engaged in an eight-day military skills competition, testing their physical strength and tactical abilities. The 17 grueling events are meant to...

  • Jun 08, 2012
    On June 6, 2012, Major General Jairo Alfonso Prieto Aponte, Director of the Escuela Superior de Guerra (Superior War College) of Colombia presented Dr. Michael Gold-Biss with the College’s highest honor The Military Medal "Escuela Superior de Guerra." The ceremony was held at CHDS during the visit of the Curso de Altos Estudios Militares (Higher...

  • Jun 08, 2012
    On June 6, CHDS hosted a visit by Colombia's CAEM (Curso de Altos studios Militares). The delegation was headed Major General Jairo Alfonso Aponte Prieto, Director of ESDEGUE (Escuela Superior de Guerra de Colombia), and was composed of 21 officers from the various services who will be Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals next year. The CAEM...

  • May 10, 2012
    During a recent trip through Mexico and Honduras, US Vice President Joe Biden stated that although the idea of legalization was worth discussing, "there is no possibility the Obama/Biden administration will change its policy on legalization." On May 11 CHDS held the fifth in a series of Hemispheric Forums, focusing on illicit drug policies, during...

  • May 09, 2012
    On May 9, 2012, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) had the honor of receiving a group from Mexico’s Colegio de Defensa Nacional (National Defense College, CDN) at the National Defense University’s Abraham Lincoln Hall. Dr. Richard Downie, CHDS Director, and Dr. Luis Bitencourt, CHDS Dean of Academics, welcomed the group headed by...

  • May 08, 2012
    As part of the outreach activities carried out in the region’s countries by the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), Professors Manuel Lora and Michael Gold-Biss presented a full program of activities in Paraguay between April 30th and May 5th, which were designed to strengthen the collaborative academic relationships between diverse...

  • May 07, 2012
    From April 30th to May 5th, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies had the satisfaction of presenting a module on Defense and Security Policy to the participants in the National Strategic Planning and Execution Masters course of the Institute of Superior Strategic Studies of Paraguay. These modules that CHDS presents are inserted into academic...

  • May 07, 2012
    This week is designated by the United States Congress as Public Service Recognition Week. On behalf of the CHDS leadership team, I wish to publically thank the hard working members of CHDS for all they do in support of the CHDS mission. Those who have visited the Center or seen our team conduct activities around the Western Hemisphere know the...

  • May 02, 2012
    On May 2, 2012, CHDS received a visit by Commander Julio Hang, Director of the Institute for International Security and Strategic Affairs in Argentina. CMDR Hang, a retired Argentine general, is a CHDS Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Using the breadth of his knowledge as a leading expert in the field of Argentine security policy, Mr. Hang had...

  • Apr 30, 2012
    From April 9-27 CHDS conducted the Defense Policy Course (ADP) for the students of Class 51 from the Inter-American Defense College. The course had as a general objective that of deepening the participants' understanding in defense policy development. Towards this goal, the participants undertook an in-depth study of international relations,...

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