CHDS Prepares for 15th Annual Education Summit in Monterey

Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Juliette Kayyem is slated to be the featured guest at the keynote session for the 15th annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit to be held from Monday, Oct. 31 to Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Monterey, CA. 

Juliette Kayyem

The Belfer senior lecturer and faculty chair of the Homeland Security and Global Health Projects at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government will appear by remote connection for a discussion with Center for Homeland Defense and Security Director Glen Woodbury on the morning of Day 1 of the summit. 

CHDS University and Agency Partnership Director Steve Recca said Kayyem’s appearance will be the only virtual element of the entire event, which will be held essentially fully in-person for the first time since 2019. The summits in 2020 and 2021 were held remotely or in a hybrid format, respectively. 

Recca said Kayyem’s expertise reflects the summit’s theme, “The Growing Convergence of Homeland and National Security: Educating Future Leaders to Understand Evolving Threats.”

“She’s a true thought-leader and a great speaker, whose work fits squarely in the middle of that [theme],” he said, noting that global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and an increasingly aggressive China all “affect our homeland security in one way or another,” and raises the question, “What does [national security] mean domestically?”

Kayyem, a former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, currently works as a CNN national security analyst, is also a regular guest on Boston Public Radio, and is a former Boston Globe columnist. Before joining the Obama Administration, she was her state’s first Undersecretary for Homeland Security, where she was responsible for developing statewide policy with a focus on preventing, protecting, responding to, and recovering from critical incidents.  

Hosted by CHDS and the Naval Postgraduate School in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, the three-day summit will be held at the Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza in Monterey, CA. 

Jeff Stern

Day 1 of the event will start with opening comments by Recca, followed by welcome remarks from Woodbury, NPS President Vice Admiral (ret.) Ann Rondeau, and FEMA National Training and Education Division Director Charlotte Porter. 

After the discussion with Kayyem, the rest of the conference’s opening day includes a talk with Emergency Management Institute Superintendent Jeff Stern entitled “Leveraging Education and Training to Prepare for Security Threats.”

Following the noon break, the conference will continue with a series of research panel sessions including “Innovation in Homeland Security Practice and Education I and II,” and “New/Evolving Domestic and Foreign Threats.” 

Day 2 will include a series of presentation sessions, including “School and Mass Shootings: Homeland Security’s Role,” which includes guest panelists Northeastern University’s James Fox, CHDS’ Sarah Peck, and the University of Central Florida’s David Riedman, the co-founder of the CHDS K-12 school shooting database.  

Alex Finley

The morning agenda will also include a session entitled, “Intersection of Media & Intelligence,” featuring a discussion with former CIA Operations Officer Alex Finley, an author and satirist, and the founder of the Twitter hashtag #YachtWatch aimed at seeking the public’s help in locating Russian oligarchs’ luxury watercraft, and CHDS’ own national security expert Erik Dahl. 

Just before the noon break, an update on the Pracademic Affairs online journal will be offered by Tulane University Emergency and Security Services Director Michael Wallace, and the Third Annual David McIntyre Award for the UAPP member who has demonstrated Excellence in Homeland Security Education will be presented. Nomination for the McIntyre Award are still being accepted through Oct. 17.  

In the afternoon, a discussion entitled, “Homeland Security 2022 – Border(less) Threats,” will feature former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner and U.S. Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar, the co-founder of Global Security and Innovative Strategies, and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Bear McConnell.

David Aguilar

Day 2 will wrap up with a series of research panel sessions including “Innovation in Homeland Security Practice and Education III,” “New/Evolving Domestic and Foreign Threats,” “Homeland Security Beyond U.S. Borders,” and “Risk Considerations in a Multi-Hazard, Multi-Threat Environment.”

The final day of the conference will be highlighted by a series of research presentations including “COVID-19: Impacts and Issues Entering Year 3,” and “Navigating Change,” followed by an open discussion entitled, “Maturing Homeland Security and Emergency Management Education,” “Homeland Security Resources I and II,” and a workshop titled, “What is Humanistic STEM and Why Do We Need It?”

Recca will lead the conference’s conclusion with closing comments and event wrap-up. 

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