"In the classroom, in the halls of government and on the scene of countless catastrophes across the world, the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security continues its mission to make the nation safer through education. In 2017, that mission continued at all levels. In the classroom, more than 2,500 homeland security professionals have completed CHDS's core academic offerings since the Center's inception: Master's Degree Program, 1,018; Executive Leaders Program (ELP), 637; Fusion Center Leaders Program (FCLP), 486; Pacific Executive Leaders Program (PELP), 215; and, Radiological Emergence Preparedness (REP) Executive Education Program, 221. [...] In addition, this year marked the launch of two highly tailored academic programs designed to address the shifting needs of the homeland security workforce. The first, Emergence, is targeted at professionals in the early stage of their careers. The first two cohorts totaled 64 participants and was well received for fusing homeland security subject matter with up-and-coming leaders. Another academic program, Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security (HSx), was designed for to bring selected alumni together to identify and solve the most wicked problems facing homeland security while experimenting with and designing new curriculum for all programs. The innovations in thinking that these alumni are producing reflect the breadth and depth of the programs and the Center as a whole. The Center's educational curriculum compounded and complemented through two programs that provide a multiplier effect - the Agency and University Partnership Initiative (UAPI) and the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). UAPI has grown to 384 academic institutions and agencies sharing curriculum while its two annual conferences drew more than 100 educators each. The HSDL now features more than 172,200 of the most current research and policy documents in the homeland security arena. Our academic publication, the Homeland Security Affairs Journal (HSAJ), continued its leading edge research with 18 peer-reviewed articles this year."