New William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies honors a lifetime of work


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William J. Perry meets with students involved in his project to educate the public about the threat of nuclear weapons.
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In an homage to William J. Perry's lifetime commitment to national security, the National Defense University has renamed its Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton Carter and Acting Perry Center Director Ken LaPlante gave remarks.

At a meeting of regional defense ministers in 1996, U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry proposed creating a center where civilian and military leaders in the Western Hemisphere could collaborate on defense and international security issues. Today, the Perry Center is the pre-eminent academic institution for defense and security issues affecting the Americas.