Pacific Executive Leaders Program (PELP)

Applications are closed for the 2016 sessions.

to the session materials (Participants and alumni only)

Homeland security in Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific territories is an evolving and increasingly important issue for the nation. The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), in partnership with other entities in the Pacific region, has developed the Pacific Executive Leaders Program (Pacific ELP), a graduate-level education curriculum, to address specific challenges facing officials in these unique areas. This course is designed for mid- and senior-level homeland security professionals as an opportunity to cultivate the background and critical thinking skills needed to address emerging regional security issues, public policy debates, terrorist threats and best practices in homeland security including:

  • Geographic isolation from the continental U.S and other entities
  • Predisposition to various types of natural disasters
  • Port security and safety concerns
  • Proximity to mainland Asia and its geopolitical influences

Goals and Objectives

  • Strengthen national security by providing a non-degree, graduate-level educational program to meet the needs of leaders responsible for homeland defense and security in the Pacific region
  • Provide an educational forum to enhance senior leaders’ capacity to identify and resolve homeland security problems
  • Create nationwide homeland security networks and build relationships between senior leaders across agencies, disciplines, and levels of government

Course Structure and Curriculum

The Pacific ELP consists of an intensive one-week in-residence session at the University of Hawaii campus in Hilo. The course is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of participants and does not require the workload of a traditional graduate-level course.

Instruction is a combination of presentations and facilitated discussions between faculty, participants and subject matter experts. Discussions include strategy, policy and organizational design, covering topics such as intelligence, critical infrastructure, border/immigration, threat recognition, incident management, crisis and risk communications, fear management and emerging homeland security issues.

Attendance and participation is required for the entire week and all sessions.

Application Criteria

The criteria considered for invitation include the relevancy and level of the applicant’s position, their homeland security responsibilities, the potential benefit to the applicant and their organization, and the homeland security experience and knowledge participants will bring to this educational forum.

The program is fully sponsored for accepted candidates. This includes travel, per diem, and lodging in accordance with federal travel regulations. The sponsorship does not include work time or time spent away from the agency.

2016 Session Dates

Cohort PELP1601 February 8-12, 2016
Cohort PELP1602 March 7-11, 2016

Selection and Assignment to a session: to ensure a jurisdictional and disciplinary balance in each class, CHDS will assign attendees to a specific session (February or March). All Pacific ELP applicants must be willing to accept an appointment to either session based on the discretion of the Center. To request an exception, please email your session preference (February or March) and your reason to before the application deadline.

Applications are closed for the 2016 sessions.

to the session materials (Participants and alumni only)

Questions about the program can be directed to David Fukutomi at Questions about the application process can be directed to or 831-656-3829.