Regional Centers for Security Studies

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The Regional Centers for Security Studies are Defense Department-administered venues for research, communication and exchange of ideas involving military and civilian participants from the United States and foreign countries. 

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The Regional Centers for Security Studies are Defense Department-administered venues for research, communication and exchange of ideas involving military and civilian participants from the United States and foreign countries. Overseen by the Secretary of Defense, they include the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (est.1993,Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany), the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies(est. 1995, Honolulu, Hawaii), the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (est. 1997, Washington, D.C.), the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (est. 1999, Washington, D.C.) and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (est. 2000, Washington, D.C.). Originally established under the authority of Section 912 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2001, participants of the Regional Centers may include United States and foreign military, civilian and nongovernmental personnel. Intending to assist regional military and civilian leaders in developing strong defense establishments and strengthening civil-military relations, the Regional Centers conduct workshops, in-country seminars and conferences, among other activities, that address global and regional security challenges. Costs for participation are to be reimbursed by a foreign country or a U.S. agency besides the Defense Department, unless the Defense Secretary waives the fees because attendance of such personnel is in the national security interest of the United States. In the latter case, fees must be paid from annual congressional appropriations. The original authorization called for annual reporting on the status of each center, but that requirement has since been repealed. The FY2017 NDAA authorizes the exchange of ideas and training, while specifically prioritizing territorial and maritime security, transnational and assymmetric threats, and defense sector governance.

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