Alumni Professional Exchange (APEX) Continuing Education Workshop

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February 16-18, 2021

June 22-25, 2021

Naval Postgraduate School , Monterey CA

Registration open to CHDS Alumni


The Alumni Professional Exchange (APEX) Continuing Education Workshop provides alumni the opportunity to learn about and reflect on critical homeland security issues from different perspectives while visiting with classmates, expanding networks with professionals from other cohorts, and catching up with instructors.

Time to get your cohort back together, network with alumni from all CHDS programs, and explore with fellow alumni what is new in homeland security. We are excited that we will have several APEX events for CHDS alumni to engage in discussion, collaborate, and network.

APEX On-Line February 16-18, 2021

We will have two hours of interactive Alumni Short Talks delivered through Zoom on each of the three days. If you are interested in giving a short talk (20 minutes or less followed by Q & A), please send by November 16 a one-paragraph outline of your topic to Heather Issvoran at describing your novel idea, perspective, or approach to an aspect of homeland security.

Alumni Reunion Zoom Sessions

During the week of February 15, we will also be hosting alumni reunion Zoom sessions for ELP and Master’s Degree cohorts celebrating 5, 10, and 15-year reunions. We will reach out to each anniversary cohort to schedule your own reunion Zoom session.

APEX In-Person June 22-25, 2021

To have a better chance of being able to meet in-person, we are planning for APEX in-person sessions in Monterey, June 22-25, 2021. If everything is open and it is safe, we will hold APEX in the NPS Barbara McNitt Ballroom and other venues with appropriate safety precautions as well as a Zoom broadcast for those who are unable to travel. We will recognize the 20th anniversary of 9/11 as well as critically reflect on the challenges and threats we have seen throughout 2020. Registration for CHDS alumni is open and will remain fluid through June.

The CHDS Association will again host its Meet & Greet Reception and the always fun Alumni Networking Reception.  Agenda and lodging options for June to follow in the spring.


Heather Issvoran – Director, Strategic Communications, Contract Support for CHDS
831-402-4672   |

Materials from APEX2020

APEX2020 Program

Program PDF


Trends in Domestic Targeted Violence
Canada’s Homeland Security Perspective
How 5G will Change Homeland Security/Public Safety
Emergency Management 2.0
Public Health Risk Forecast
Border Security – Perception vs. Reality
Collaborative Security & Information Sharing

Read about the event: Record number of alumni attend APEX Continuing Education Workshop

Alumni Short Talks

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"Countering Human Trafficking" with Bentley Nettles, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) Executive Director
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"Climate Security: A Pre-Mortem Approach to a Sustainable Global Future " with John Comiskey, Associate Professor of Homeland Security at Monmouth University, and Michael Larrañaga, President of R.E.M. Risk Consultants.
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"Whistle-Blowing: An Unyielding Duty" with Colonel Tom Rempfer, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
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"Health Equity is a Homeland Security Issue" with William Pilkington, H.O.P.E. Program Director at the North Carolina Central University
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"How Fake News and Information Laundering Threaten Homeland Security" with Katelyn Mason and Samantha Korta
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"Moral Injury" with Dr. Noël Lipana, Quiet Terrain, LLC
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"Public Health Threat Landscape" with Dr. Crystal Watson, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security
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"5G & HOMELAND SECURITY LEADERSHIP IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION" with Dr. Ryan Burchnell, Director, FirstNet Strategy & Policy at AT&T
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"Beats Thinking: Detecting Deception & Eliciting Truth" with Nick Catrantzos, a “pracademic” with stratcolab.
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Materials from APEX2019


FEMA Update
China and North Korean Influence on Global Security
Current Trends in Biometrics for Homeland Security
Domestic Terrorist Threats – Hate Groups 2.0
New Wicked Issues and Security Challenges for Homeland Security Leaders
Emerging Nano-Technology- How it can be Used for Good and Evil
Immigration- Current Issues

Videos of past presentations on CHDS/Ed