Western Hemisphere Institute
for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) Leaders

Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation

Board of Visitors

The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) Board of Visitors (BoV) is a Federal Advisory Committee established by Congress under the provisions of Section 343 of Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended).  The law calls for the Board to provide the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary of the Army, independent advice and recommendations on matters pertaining to the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, and academic methods of the institute, other matters relating to the institute that the Board decides to consider, and other items that the Secretary of Defense determines appropriate.  The 14-member Board includes representatives from the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, the Department of State, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Northern Command, and six members appointed by the Secretary of Defense, which include, to the extent practicable, persons from academia, religious institutions, and human rights communities.  The Board reviews curriculum to determine whether it adheres to current U.S. doctrine, complies with applicable U.S. laws and regulations, and is consistent with U.S. policy goals toward Latin America and the Caribbean, and to determine whether the instruction under the curriculum appropriately emphasizes human rights, the rule of law, due process, civilian control of the military, and the role of the military in a democratic society.  The Board is required to meet at least once a year. 

Board Members

Coming Soon

(Chair)

TBD

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)

Chairman, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate (or his designee)

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)

Ranking Member, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate (or his designee)

Hon. Adam Smith (D-WA 9)

Chairman, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives (or his designee)

Hon. Austin Scott (R-GA 8)

Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives (Designated by Ranking Member, HASC)

Ms. Rachel Poynter
Director of Office of Policy, Planning, and Coordination, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State. (Representing the Secretary of State)

Gen. Glen D. VanHerck (USAF)

Commander, U.S. Northern Command  (USNORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

Adm. Craig S. Faller (USN)

Commander, U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM)

GEN Paul E. Funk  (USA)         

Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

Chain of Command

The Department of Defense is responsible for the institute and its activities. The Secretary of Defense has designated the Secretary of the Army as his executive Agent to supervise and manage it.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), which is responsible for all Army doctrine development and training, and its subordinate command, the Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, exercise supervisory command and control of the institute. US Army centers and schools (under TRADOC) are responsible for providing up-to-date training support packages for all military operations related to courses taught at the WHINSEC. This policy ensures that all instruction is current, correct, and taught to DOD standards.

Because the WHINSEC supports both the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) in their security cooperation missions, the commanders participate directly in curriculum selection and periodic reviews.