Fort Benning

U.S. Army Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center of Excellence


Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC)


Whinsec mission photo

The Institute's mission is found in Title 10, USC, Section 343 (Public Law 114-328) included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017. The original mission was included in the FY 2001 NDAA. In both, the mission is stated as "purpose."

The purpose of the Institute is to provide professional education and training to eligible personnel of countries of the Western Hemisphere within the context of the democratic principles set forth in the Charter of the Organization of American States (such charter being a treaty to which the United States is a party), while fostering mutual knowledge, transparency, confidence, and cooperation among the participating countries and promoting democratic values, respect for human rights, and knowledge and understanding of United States customs and traditions.