About CHDS

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) is located at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Since 2002, CHDS has conducted a wide range of programs focused on assisting current and future leaders in Homeland Defense and Security to develop the policies, strategies, programs and organizational elements needed to defeat terrorism in the United States. The programs are developed in partnership with and are sponsored by the National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA.

All CHDS programs are focused on leadership development to enable the United States to win the war on terrorism. Through graduate- and executive-level coursework, seminars, and research, homeland security leaders gain the analytic skills and substantive expertise they need to counter terrorism. The programs also prepare leaders to bridge gaps in interagency and civil-military cooperation by bringing together a diverse range of participants to share perspectives and lay the foundation for long-term homeland security collaboration.


To strengthen the national security of the United States by providing graduate level educational programs and services that meet the immediate and long-term leadership needs of organizations responsible for homeland defense and security.


The Center will become the nation’s leading educational institution for the innovation and refinement of highly relevant curricula, the creation of depositories of applicable knowledge and the national center for the distribution, transfer and exchange of homeland defense and security information and educational products.

Program Goals

  • Strengthen national capacity for homeland security by advancing the study of homeland security as a substantive field of research, scholarship, and professional discipline.
  • Create a “multiplier effect” to maximize federal investment—share program content, research results, and educational resources with organizations across the nation to build national homeland security preparedness through education.