Alumni Professional Exchange (APEX) Continuing Education Workshop

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February 16-18, 2021

Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey CA


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.

In addition to our usual interesting speakers and panel discussions, we will again have a full day of short “TED Talk” style presentations from our alumni. If you are interested in giving a talk, please send a one paragraph outline of your topic to Heather Issvoran at
Each talk will be 20 minutes or less with additional time for Q&A and will focus on a novel idea, perspective or approach to an aspect of homeland security.

The CHDS Association will again host its Meet & Greet Reception and the always fun Alumni Networking Reception.

Agenda and lodging options for 2021 to follow this fall.


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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"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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"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