Fort Benning

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


Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC)


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WHINSEC is a Department of Defense education facility. The Army was named Executive Agent, and placed the Institute subordinate to the Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS, a component of the U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, VA.

Located on a beautiful campus at Fort Benning, Georgia, WHINSEC welcomes visitors at any time during the work week.

Information brief


The curricula of the 16 discrete courses include instruction in leadership development, peace support and counterdrug operations, and disaster preparedness and relief planning. The courses are developed from standard U.S. doctrine, vetted by the U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command, and presented to U.S. and international students by vetted and trained instructors. All courses, including instructor training, include human rights and democracy and democracy and the armed forces training.

Course offerings support the strategic objectives of U.S Northern Command and U.S. Southern Command in implementing the National Security Strategy in the Western Hemisphere.

Values Education and Training

WHINSEC, as part of the Department of Defense, shares the values of the Profession of Arms with the security forces of the Western Hemisphere through the education and training it offers. These values, in accord with the democratic principles set forth in the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS), are promulgated in all courses. Subjects include: The Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy, Democracy and the Armed Forces, the primacy of Civil Authority over the Armed Forces, and Ethics, all characteristics of a profession.


Each year, 1200-1900 military, civilian and law enforcement personnel attend one of our 16 resident courses. Depending on the course, students may be cadets or junior NCOs, mid-senior-level NCOs, junior officers up to Colonel, and law enforcement and civilians in the appropriate grades. Students come from all branches of the U.S. military and from military, law enforcement and civilians in security forces all around the hemisphere. The international students are nominated by their countries and vetted through all the agencies of the State Department before they get visas to travel here.


WHINSEC has a diverse international, multi-service faculty usually representing 15-18 countries in the hemisphere.  From the U.S. there are uniformed and civilian instructors, including a Department of State Foreign Service Officer who teaches democracy classes and also advises the commandant on international issues. International instructors come from all branches of military service and from the law enforcement community.  The Institute's professional Faculty & Staff Development division prepares all the instructors to teach, and assists them in qualifying for Senior Instructor and Master Instructor badges.

Special Events

Special events bring attention to the Institute and its many official and social activities. Official events such as the combined graduations, Current Operations Panel Discussions, Women, and Peace and Security Seminars bring significant visitors with great expertise to inform students and faculty. The most valuable social events we have are the salutes to the nations on their independence days. Faculty/staff from each country represented at WHINSEC give a history and culture review after which the attendees make toasts to the nation and share a cake. Each September or October, the Institute sponsors an International Fest to share the cultures, foods and drinks of the participating countries.