Education: The Key to Homeland Security Leadership   [open pdf - 809KB]

"The Naval Postgraduate School's (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS or the Center) is the nation's homeland security educator. It was created by Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Defense on April 11, 2002, in response to the tragic and devastating September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Center's creation was in part to answer the nation's question, 'How can we prevent future attacks and, if there is another attack, how do we ensure that we are prepared to respond?' […] This response to the events of 9/11 takes the long view, investing in the education of homeland security leaders and fostering academic research to clarify the myriad issues surrounding homeland defense and security. Vagueness and confusion are best answered with knowledge and understanding. The Center for Homeland Defense and Security focuses on bridging the gap between what we know and how we do it, between theory and practice, and between what is happening now and what we may face in the future. Although spending in support of the Center represents approximately .03 percent of federal monies spent on homeland security, CHDS recognizes its place in the debate over the use of homeland security monies: to what extent has spending on education been effective and what impact has this education had? This report attempts to answer these questions."

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