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Rising from a newly minted government employee to the top administrator at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s National Border Security Intelligence Watch in fewer than a dozen years has been a surprise for Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master’s Program alum Kimberly Ramsey. And she’s crediting CHDS with helping her prepare for taking a leadership role so soon.

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When the original Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master’s Program cohort met for the first time in January 2003, it was anything but a typical collection of graduate-level students. The baker’s dozen of students who started the inaugural Master’s Program was already accomplished in a wide range of fields, all of them senior-level leaders.

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Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Burkett, a Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master’s Program alumnus from one of our institution’s earliest cohorts, finished off a 30-plus-year military career late last year that saw him vault up through the leadership ranks from an Air Force Captain to Major General in two decades. 

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For nearly two decades, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School has served as the preeminent graduate-level educational institution preparing the top U.S. homeland security officials for any and all threats to our nation’s well-being.

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