CHDS’ December 2020 Commencement: Remarks by Chad F. Wolf

On December 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Commencement remarks of Acting Secretary, Chad F. Wolf.  He congratulates the graduates for their “dedication and hard work,” noting that “2020 has been a challenging year, but it’s important that we have all come together today for this important milestone in your careers.”

Some key highlights of the speech involve discussion of the history of CHDS, how it has evolved over the last 17 years, and how its success is attributed to the “dedicated public servants inside the Department and committed stakeholders that work hand-in-hand with us on a daily basis.” Acting Secretary Wolf details some of the most current threats to national security: cyber threats, terrorism, drug cartels, pandemics, natural disasters, and significantly, China, with the Communist Party’s “authoritarian grip” that “seeks to become a global superpower.”

In his concluding remarks, the Acting Secretary gives some words of advice to the graduates on how to lead by example while still working with each other, advising them to “lean on others when you need them” and reminding them to communicate “the homeland security mission.”

Congratulations to the graduates!


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