Introduction to

Inter-American Defense College

The Inter-American Defense College (IADC), located on Fort Lesley J. McNair, was formally opened on 9 October 1962 when the Honorable Dean Rusk, then Secretary of State of the United States, presented the building and furnishings donated by the United States Government.

If you have been selected to participate in the Advanced Course on Hemispheric Security and Defense at the Inter-American Defense College (IADC or the College), this document is for you. If you have been designated as an Advisor, Professor, Chief of Studies, or Vice Director at the IADC, many of the administrative and family-related aspects contained in this document also apply to you.


This orientation guide contains the essential information you are required to know before leaving your country to come to the United States. Additionally there are several academic and administrative procedures that must be completed prior to your departure.


It is also recommended that this guide be read by any family members who might assist you in the process and ensure you do not forget anything.


Although your primary point of contact is your Embassy to the Organization of American States or your Delegation to the Inter-American Defense Board, the College has compiled this document with important administrative information for your enrollment. Read it carefully, as it will save you and any accompanying family members, time and effort. A high-level professional and personal experience awaits you, please be proactive in preparing for your upcoming course.


Established in 1962

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Inter-American Defense College

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