Melissa Hyatt, Colonel, Baltimore Police Department

The Executive Leaders Program has been the best professional opportunity that I’ve had to study the challenges and trends in homeland security. I feel fortunate that I was selected to be in such a diverse cohort of experts in varied disciplines along with seasoned and engaged instructors. This experience allowed me to reflect upon my own capabilities and to increase knowledge through the expertise of qualified classmates and exceptional instructors. I am leaving ELP with innovative notions on the future of homeland security as well as a clearer picture of what my own role might be in that arena.”

From Jeff Robertson, Commander, Texas Rangers, Special Operations Group

“The challenges and asymmetrical threats presented to Homeland Security leaders today are far more complicated and complex than ever before.  The answer to finding solutions to these challenges and threats lie in creating networks of professionals across the multidisciplinary fields within the Homeland Security community. The natural isolation of our culture leads to silos of information.  NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leaders program builds and strengthens interagency collaboration designed to break down the silos of information leading to effective collaborative problem solving with a better understanding of the many perspectives of executive leaders from the multidisciplinary fields in Homeland Security.”

From Thomas Carney, Director of Police Services (Ret.), North Miami Beach Police Department

The Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Executive Leaders Program, offered a real-world insight into the fight against hate of all types in both domestic and international settings. The quality of the instructors was outstanding and the networking opportunities were invaluable. The training highlighted the ELP’s tremendous expertise in this area. Their commitment to this topic is unsurpassed. Having this new knowledge base along with a solid partnership with the CHDS definitely assisted our agency in our efforts to better protect our community.

From Christopher Dishman, Southwest Region Director, State and Local Program Office, DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis

ELP was an outstanding educational experience. The class produced insightful discussions, moderated by ELP’s top-notch faculty, on current and future homeland security issues. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in broadening their HLS horizons.

From Steven R. Cover, Deputy City Manager-Public Safety, City of Virginia Beach

As the Fire Chief for a metropolitan sized city, I was fortunate enough to be offered a seat in the Executive Leaders Program.  My 35 plus year background in the fire service, coupled with many years of work in the disaster preparation and response field provided a great frame of reference for this program.  The level of learning, networking and interaction with like professionals across the spectrum of homeland security was truly enlightening.  Little did I know during my time in the program that I would become the Deputy City Manager for Public Safety in my city.  This program has provided me with increased knowledge, research and best practices along with a network of professionals that I can call on as I strive to make my city a safer place to live, work and play.

From Chris Nocco, Sheriff, Pasco County (FL) Sheriff’s Office

Beyond the outstanding interactions with fellow students and the great instructors, we were able to develop a partnership with the CORE lab.  Our Sheriff’s Office is now incorporating social network analysis in our organization and partnering with others in our state on it.  The experience at ELP goes well beyond the classroom and positively continues years afterwards.