Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Report [2020]   [open pdf - 10MB]

"This Annual Report encompasses a year in which we faced unprecedented threats to our nation's defense and security--from devastating wildfires and a record number of Atlantic hurricanes to increasing domestic terrorism and a global pandemic that forced us to adapt the way we live our lives and perform our jobs. The need for educational content in the homeland security sphere has never been greater. In light of travel restrictions, shelter-in-place orders, and concern for program participants, CHDS [Center for Homeland Defense and Security] transitioned its academic programs, Executive Education seminars, and short courses to online remote delivery in March. This allowed our programs to safely run uninterrupted throughout the COVID-19 crisis while participants performed their jobs on the frontlines of the national response at the local, state, tribal, territorial, federal, and private-sector levels. [...] Our diverse community of students, alumni, and faculty have a unique perspective on the wicked problems confronting homeland security and public health today. They also know that the most difficult challenges can often yield the greatest solutions through collaboration, innovation, and a willingness to learn. If the COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest public health threat we've faced, then it is also the ultimate opportunity from which to learn. The CHDS community has created curricula, resources, and facilitated workshops that have improved relationships, strategies, and policies across the nation. As the vaccine distributions increase and positivity rates decrease, we can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. We will get there together, and we will be successful due to your contributions. Thank you for your continued dedication as we strive to recover from the pandemic."

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