The Perry Award was first presented in 2007 as part of the Center’s 10th anniversary celebration. At that time, CHDS’ senior leadership determined that it should be bestowed on the creators and director of Peru’s “Strategic Leadership for Defense and Crisis Management Course” (known by the Spanish acronym CEDEYAC), who modeled their course on CHDS’ academic content and instructional methodology, adapted to the Peruvian reality. Every year, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) selects individuals and institutions to receive the William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education. The award recognizes significant contributions in the fields of security and defense education that reflect the Center’s mission focus. These contributions include the promotion of education, research, outreach, and knowledge sharing in defense and security issues in the Western Hemisphere that lead to enhancing professional security and defense capacity, advancing a cooperative international security environment, fostering effective and mutually beneficial civil-military relationships, increasing democratic security in the Americas, and adhering to CHDS’s core values. The Center recognizes both individual and organizational efforts. The award is named after former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, who was responsible for the establishment of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, now in its 16th year of existence. For more information, please visit the CHDS website: http://www.ndu.edu/chds/. To send electronic submissions, please contact the CHDS Perry Award Project Coordinator, Mr. Michael Mann at [email protected] In 2012, CHDS presented the award in two categories: individual and institutional. The Center selected Canadian Defense Minister, the Honorable Peter MacKay, in the individual category; and the Regional Security System and the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in the institutional category. Academic or policy candidates include any individual or institution that has made or sustained a significant contribution related to the security and defense sectors. They may be educators, practitioners, or institutions of defense and security from throughout the Hemisphere, or from outside the region. By Dialogo March 15, 2013 Nominations should be sent to the CHDS selection committee and include the name of the individual or organization, the name of the nominator and contact information for both, a justification for nomination, and strong supportive material. The CHDS selection committee will review the nominations and recommend a recipient or recipients to the CHDS Director, who will review and select the awardees.