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Ryan Fields-Spack
Lieutenant / OEM Coordinator, City of Aurora Fire
April 02, 2015 10:11

 WANTED: Successful leaders in the homeland security apparatus who have a passion for their job and a deep devotion to guiding the next generation of leaders as they prepare to manage the challenges implicit in tomorrow’s complex emergency. Must be willing to devote a massive amount of time and effort to rigorous academic work. Must be completely open to placing yourself in uncomfortable and stressful situations. Must be open to changing your perspective on your personal and professional life. Most importantly, you must be prepared to be forever changed for the better. If you are interested in enveloping yourself in the challenge of a lifetime, look no further.

Having had the honor of graduating in March,2015 from CHDS, I can honestly say that I am forever changed. CHDS is, without a doubt, the most challenging and rewarding experience one will ever have the pleasure of participating in. Your mind will be challenged in ways you simply cannot fathom. You will be saturated in graduate level academia. You will be provided a raft and a straw and given the tools to inflate it. Every time your head falls below the surface, you will be given another breath of fresh air.

You will make it though—and in the process, you will have built yourself a sleek craft that will take you anywhere you want to go. Are you in? It is worth every moment. Only the most passionate for their craft need apply.

Mark Mac Donnell
Sergeant/SDS, NYPD
January 12, 2015 10:31

While working an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, I bumped into an old friend of mine whom I went to college with and joined the NYPD with. We were reminiscing about our college days when he began to tell me about the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security masters program he was attending. After he finished describing the program, I said to myself this sounds like something I have been looking for many years but never found it. Several days later, an NPS/CHDS application appeared in my mailbox at work and I knew it was a sign. I applied to the program and was eventually selected to join. It is a program where I was challenged and brought outside my small place within the homeland security enterprise. It has truly been an eyeopening experience and something I am extremely fortunate to have been a part of. It has broadened my horizons and is something I share my experiences with to my co-workers. Employers should take the opportunity to send their employees to the program as the return on investment is well worth it. The critical thinking skills, academic achievements and networking opportunities opens up avenues to both employers and employees to benefit from and something the next generation of homeland security practitioners can advance and learn from.

Jeffrey Payne
Director and Chief, Dayton Fire Department
December 19, 2014 15:06

I applied for entry into the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) master’s program because I felt that it would offer me the capability to become a better, and more intelligent, homeland security professional. In short, it did not disappoint. CHDS challenged me to think critically and address all sides of homeland security issues. CHDS offered me a vast perspective on the homeland security challenges that homeland security practitioners face today. Not only did it offer me a retrospective view of past security issues, but it also taught me how to analyze current issues in the pursuit of homeland security preparedness, response, and recovery. The level of instruction at CHDS is second to none and the guest speakers come from the highest levels of their organizations providing context to our studies. The program is rigorous and will demand the very best in you but I would recommend this program to anybody having the heart to meet the challenge.

Tom Davis
Undersheriff, Snohomish County (WA) Sheriff's Office
November 07, 2014 20:08

 The experiences and knowledge I came away with from my participation in the the Master's program are immeasurable. Yes, it was everything and more one would expect from a rigorous academic program. However, the collaboration, networking and interaction is on a level I have not experienced in my nearly 30 years in law enforcement. The program changes the way you view and approach challenges and arms you with the tools necessary to attack the most wicked of problems at every level. The benefits to the participants, their agencies and to our Country go well beyond the classroom and the degree. Most assuredly, they be repaid ten times over at the Federal, state and local levels.

Sylvia Moir
Police Chief, El Cerrito Police Department
November 06, 2014 09:19

The CHDS Masters program at NPS was more than I expected. I knew it would be a rigorous and rewarding academic experience, but I did not anticipate that learning with all disciplines would provide texture and context to the challenges that face us across the homeland security enterprise. Our debates gave students a unique and lasting perspective that will serve us as we serve our communities.

Edward Lowery
Assistant Director, Office of Training , US Secret Service
October 15, 2014 10:26

NPS/CHDS was a life changing experience that I draw upon daily. I recommend this program to anyone involved in the greater homeland security effort.

Michael Andreas
Program Director/Assistant Professor - Endicott College, Endicott College, Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies - Homeland Security Studies Graduate Degree Program
March 11, 2014 09:35

 The education you receive in the master’s degree program at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security cannot be matched by any other institution. The curriculum, course content, faculty, teaching modalities, fellow classmates, and even the facilities are exceptional in every way. For me, the experience was enlightening and transformative, empowering and inspiring. Even the support students receive from the library and other resources is remarkable. The master’s degree program is challenging, rigorous, immensely rewarding and certainly worth your time and effort. I enthusiastically suggest you begin the application process and put yourself on the path of self-discovery. The education you receive is world-class and you will be forever changed.

C. Robert (Bob) Smith
VP UPS Airline Security and Transportation Retired, UPS
February 20, 2014 11:53

 I was honored to be accepted into the Naval Postgraduate School for the Executive Leader’s Program. It was a great benefit to have my name and UPS’s name associated with this program. It was a huge asset to network with the people that will work to prevent a catastrophic event, and those who will deal with the aftermath of one. The program provided friendly, knowledgeable professors and they encourage your interaction and collaboration on many topics. The program educated me in many areas that I feel will be valuable to UPS and to other emergency response teams in my community.

Kimberly Petersen
Captain, Fremont Police Department
December 04, 2013 13:53

 The academic rigor of this program greatly improved my analytical writing skills. It made an immediate and lasting impact not only on my career, but on how I think. The subject-matter itself opened my eyes to just how critical my agency's contributions are to homeland security. I am grateful for the tools NPS has given me and my agency to help us keep our community safer.

Kimberly Owens
Lieutenant of Police, Dallas Police Department
November 25, 2013 14:29

The greatest take away from the program was my ability to look at things differently and think about issues in different ways, while considering alternative opinions and approaches. The network of contacts has proved invaluable and I treasure the friendships I developed. I applied to better myself and the Master's degree was a personal goal. It has been a great sense of pride and accomplishment, and an experience I would not trade. It not only showed me what I can accomplish, but instilled in my son at an early age the value of education.

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