From Jason Lyon – Battalion Chief, Billings Fire Department

The Master’s Degree program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security was both the most challenging and rewarding experience in my professional life. The opportunity to study and learn from CHDS’s internationally recognized staff has provided me numerous tools to increase the security and efficiency of my community. Studying and learning with homeland security professionals from across the nation and spanning all of the components of the homeland security enterprise has provided me with an extensive professional network with whom I can reach out to in order to respond to new challenges facing my jurisdiction. The academic programs at CHDS have changed my thinking with their emphasis on making decisions based on evidence and the quality of that evidence. The resources that CHDS provides to their students ensures that they become better speakers, writers, and thinkers. I strongly encourage any homeland security professional looking at a master’s degree to apply to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at NPS.