From Jeffrey Payne – Director and Chief, Dayton Fire Department

“I applied for entry into the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) master’s program because I felt that it would offer me the capability to become a better, and more intelligent, homeland security professional. In short, it did not disappoint. CHDS challenged me to think critically and address all sides of homeland security issues. CHDS offered me a vast perspective on the homeland security challenges that homeland security practitioners face today. Not only did it offer me a retrospective view of past security issues, but it also taught me how to analyze current issues in the pursuit of homeland security preparedness, response, and recovery. The level of instruction at CHDS is second to none and the guest speakers come from the highest levels of their organizations providing context to our studies. The program is rigorous and will demand the very best in you but I would recommend this program to anybody having the heart to meet the challenge.”