Colonel Mark A Phillips of the Guyana Defence Force attended and successfully completed the 50thAdvanced Course in Hemispheric Defense and Security at the Inter-American Defense College during the academic year 2010-2011. The Inter-American Defense College at Fort McNair, Washington,D.C., is an international educational institution operating under the aegis of the Organization of American States. It provides a multidisciplinary, graduate-level course of study for senior military and civilian officers. This rigorous one-year course provides a comprehensive understanding of governmental systems, the current international environment, the Inter-American system, and security issues affecting the Western Hemisphere and the world. The Advanced Course in Hemispheric Defense and Security preparessenior military officers and civilian government officials from the OAS member states to assume strategic advisory positions related to hemispheric defense and security, and to work in security and defense strategy and policy development at the highest levels of decision-making.