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Executive Leaders Program

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About the Course/Eligibility

Local, state, tribal and federal government agencies and the private sector are at the forefront of our nation's homeland security mission. Being at the forefront in a rapidly changing environment requires continuous education for our nation's homeland security leaders. All require a deeper understanding of the current and emerging homeland security issues, public policy debates, the terrorist threat and evolving best practices. The Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA provides the educational opportunity for our nation's homeland security leaders to develop the strategies, policies and organizational elements needed to defeat terrorism in the United States.

NOTE: Candidates are to apply directly to the college the school will make the final determination.


This program consists of four modules beginning with foundational aspects of homeland security and the threats, proceeding to describe the nature of the threats, legal and cultural aspects of preventing and preparing for the threats, the collaborations necessary to effectively manage the information sharing, threat recognition, protection measures, and plans in preparation for action.


Each of the one-week seminars will offer presentations on selected topics around leading in networks, and the nature and scope of the Homeland Security issues which are used to assess the strategic application of the resources of the local, state, tribal, and federal jurisdictions to address those issues. Seminars will be conducted on such topics as intelligence, critical infrastructure, border/immigration, threat recognition, crisis and risk communications, incident management and fear management as well as emerging homeland security issues. All of the topics will be discussed on a strategic, policy, and organizational design level with particular attention to intergovernmental planning challenges. The participants will consider complex issues and case studies, and work through problems that enable them to strengthen working relationships across regions, agencies, and local-state-federal jurisdictional and private sector lines.


GS 15& SES and O5-O6 levels.


NPS requires students to be in residence only two weeks every quarter (for a total of twelve weeks for the whole program). Students complete the remainder of their coursework via the web.

Cohort ELP1401

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA
Application deadline: January 15, 2014
Dates in-residence
Module 1 May 13, 2014 - May 16, 2014
Module 2 August 25, 2014 - August 28, 2014
Module 3 November 3, 2014 - November 6, 2014
Module 4 February 9, 2015 - February 12, 2015

Cohort ELP1302

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA
Application deadline: June 15, 2013
Dates in-residence
Module 1 November 18, 2013 - November 22, 2013
Module 2 February 24, 2014 - February 28, 2014
Module 3 May 19, 2014 - May 22, 2014
Module 4 August 18, 2014 - August 21, 2014


Application Procedures

Members must apply on-line

Selection Procedures

The selection criteria look at the relevancy and level of applicants' positions and homeland security responsibilities and the homeland security experience and knowledge they will bring to the program. This is very important since the sessions are facilitated roundtable discussions and debates where participants learn from one another. In addition, a major objective of the program is to establish relationships between executives across disciplines, agencies and levels of government so that they can utilize the network to develop new homeland security policies, strategies and plans to solve problems. Therefore, the selection criteria will also look at the potential benefit of relationship building to the applicant.

Please note that submitting an application does not indicate acceptance into the program. Each complete application will be reviewed and evaluated using an objective, weighted system assessing the background, credentials, and experiences against the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the graduate coursework. Applicants will be notified of their status once the admissions committee makes its recommendation.

Once a member has been selected to go the member will need to forward the acceptance letter to CG-12C. Selectees will be required to sign a Continued Service Agreement (pages 4 & 5).

Additional Information

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