"In order to sustain our force, we will do more for our Army Families in these challenging times. Family support systems, health care, child care, housing (and) education designed for the pre-9/11 Army must be adapted to sustain an Army at war." Army Secretary Pete Geren said during an arrival ceremony hosted by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Aug. 30.
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
What is it? Created by federal law in 2000 as a Department of Defense Institute, WHINSEC is under the executive control of the Army. As required by its congressional mandate, WHINSEC supports the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS) and provides professional education and training to military, civilian and law enforcement personnel in the Western Hemisphere. Just as importantly, the Institute's tailored curriculum, international environment, and cultural orientation serve to promote regional interdependence. In addition, WHINSEC's focus on maintaining a model human rights program and efforts to be transparent are clear reflections of Congress' intent when it created the Institute.
What has the Army done? Legislation requires that WHINSEC have independent federal oversight by a Board of Visitors (BoV), and that Congress itself occupy 4 of the 13 Board seats. The BoV meets twice a year to review the institutes programs and policies. Its recommendations are provided to the Secretary of Defense at a minimum of once a year. The Secretary of Defense in turn provides an annual report to Congress on WHINSEC, which includes the minutes from the annual board meeting.
WHINSEC's mission is to provide professional education and training within the context of the democratic principles set forth in the OAS Charter to eligible nations in the Western Hemisphere. Specific subjects set by Congress are leadership development, counterdrug, peacekeeping, resource management, and disaster relief planning (all taught in Spanish). In addition, the Institute's mission includes fostering mutual knowledge, transparency, confidence, and cooperation among nations. Key to this process is promoting democratic values, respect for human rights, and an understanding of U.S. customs and traditions. - To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.
- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.