Promoting and Strengthening Hemispheric Confidence and Security.



Key events

March 30, 1942
The Inter-American Defense Board (IDB) was created in 1942 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the Third Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 21 American Republics. The inaugural session of the IADB takes place on March 30, 1942 in Washington DC, United States.
September 1, 1948
Entry into force of IADB regulations.
The IADB offices moved to the "Palacio Rosado" in 1949. The IADB regulations were reviewed.
A reform of the IADB regulations and the establishment of its organic structure takes place in 1951.
The regulations were reviewed, leading to the creation of the Inter-American Defense College (CID) as an organ of the IADB in 1964.
The remodeling of the "Palacio Rosado" facilities culminated in 1987. After this, the building acquired the name "Casa del Soldado", which is the current headquarters of the IADB.
March 15, 2006
Approval of the new statute of the IADB at the XXXII Extraordinary General Assembly, through which it was established as an entity of the OAS. On March 15, 2006, as the Inter-American Defense Board turned 64 years since it was founded, through resolution 1 (XXXII-E/06) of the General Assembly, it was established that the IADB is an entity of the OAS based on the art. 53 of the Charter of said Organization and approves in the first plenary session the statutes that will govern the new entity. Thus, the IADB's purpose is to "provide the OAS and its Member States with technical, consultative and educational advisory services on issues related to military and defense matters in the Hemisphere to contribute to compliance with the Charter of the OAS".
June 14, 2007
Entry into force of the new guidelines and procedures of the IADB as an OAS entity.

About the IADB

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Organizational structure

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Gallery of Former Directors

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