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- About The Perry Center
About The Perry Center
The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (The Perry Center) is a product of the Defense Ministerial of the Americas (DMA) process that began in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1995. Latin American civilian and military defense officials expressed deep concerns over the relative lack of civilians prepared to deal knowledgeably with defense and military issues in their countries.
Between 1996 and September 1997, preparatory work for what became CHDS was conducted by a team from the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Defense University which included consultation with regional stakeholders such as the defense ministries and civilian academics. Activated on 17 September 1997, CHDS opened its doors, the following day, with a Hemispheric Conference on Education and Defense, 18-19 September 1997. Its first Director and two faculty members officialy reported for duty in December and CHDS conducted its first three-week course, the Defense Planning and Resource Management Courses in March 1998. The Center also conducted the first of many in-region seminars in Bolivia that year.
The Perry Center is a U.S. Department of Defense institution for defense and security studies in the Western Hemisphere. Through courses, seminars, outreach, strategic dialogue, and focused research in support of policy objectives, the Perry Center works with senior civilian and military officials from the Americas to build strong, sustainable networks of security and defense leaders and institutions. In so doing, the Perry Center promotes greater understanding of U.S. policy, mutually supportive approaches to security challenges, and improved, sustainable institutional capacity.
Directions to the Perry Center
The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies is co-located at National Defense University on the grounds of historical Fort Lesley J. McNair in Southwest Washington, D.C., between the Anacostia River and the Washington Channel and near the Waterfront Marina and the Arena Stage.
The Visitor’s Gate (2ND STREET SW) is open 24 hours. Pedestrian and vehicular access through this gate is allowed upon presentation of proper photo identification (e.g. Driver’s License, Passport, etc.)
The Ceremonial Gate (“P” STREET SW) is open 0600-1700, Monday through Friday, closed on Federal Holidays. All access through this gate is restricted to holders of a Common Access Card (CAC).
Once you arrive on campus, inquire with the guards as to any parking restrictions. They will also be able to direct you to Abraham Lincoln Hall (Building 64).[Fort McNair / NDU Map]
By car from Maryland:
Follow the Capitol Beltway (I-495 or I-95) to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway exit, where you will proceed southbound. As you near Washington, the Parkway will become I-295 South, turning to the left.
Continue on I-295 to the SUITLAND PARKWAY exit.
Exit at the SUITLAND PARKWAY and then immediately exit on to I-295 NORTH.
After joining I-295, immediately exit at the SOUTH CAPITOL STREET exit.
Proceed across the SOUTH CAPITOL STREET bridge, staying to the right.
Keep to the right lane coming off the bridge (at the Nationals Stadium), avoiding the underpass.
Turn LEFT on “M” STREET SW at the traffic light.
For the Visitor’s Gate, turn LEFT at the light on 2ND STREET SW
For the Ceremonial Gate, turn LEFT at the light at 4TH STREET SW
By car from Virginia:
Take I-395 North, past the Pentagon, over the 14th Street Bridge. On the bridge make sure you are in the left lane – ROUTE 1 will veer off to the left (I-395 goes to the right), take ROUTE 1 to the LEFT.
Take the FIRST EXIT to MAINE AVENUE SW (Waterfront). Go to the fourth light (4TH STREET SW) and turn RIGHT.
4TH STREET SW turns sharply LEFT in three blocks, and changes to “P” STREET SW. (Go past Ft. McNair Ceremonial Gate).
Turn RIGHT on 2ND STREET SW; the main vehicular entrance to National Defense University will be on the right hand side between “Q” and “R” STREET SW
Via Metro Rail / Metro Bus
To reach National Defense University by Metro, take a Green Line train to the Waterfront/SEU stop. Walk three blocks SOUTH on 4TH STREET SW. At this point, 4TH STREET SW turns sharply left right next to the Fort McNair Ceremonial Gate and turns into “P” STREET SW. To reach the Visitor’s Gate, continue down “P” STREET SW for two blocks and take a right on 2ND STREET SW, following the wall. The Visitor’s Gate is one block down, on the right.
To reach National Defense University by bus, take a southbound 74 bus. It will stop by the entrance to National Defense University. A bus schedule for this route can be downloaded here.
In the interests of personal safety please do not walk to National Defense University during the hours of dusk/darkness
Contact The Perry Center
William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies
National Defense University
Abraham Lincoln Hall
260 5th Ave. Bldg. 64
Washington, DC 20319-5066
Tel: 325-4670 (DSN)
Fax: 325-4674 (DSN)
Fax: 866-374-2060 (USA Toll-Free)