NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security Alumni
CHDS alumni occupy senior leadership positions at all levels of government and in the private sector. As a result of their research and theses, alumni are recognized subject matter experts and asked to serve on national policy work groups and to provide advice on complex homeland security issues. The 1,500 alumni share common bonds that facilitate their collaboration and problem-solving across organizations and jurisdictional lines
Alumni remain very active in Center activities. They serve as guest speakers, promote the use of CHDS programs and
resources in their agencies, recruit new students, act as a think tank to assist the Department of Homeland Security, Congress and others to solve problems, and share information and assist each other daily through their own secure online forum – the Alumni Network.
When emergencies occur, it is often CHDS alumni who as police and fire chiefs, emergency management and public health directors, FBI agents, National Guard and Coast Guard officers and Department of Homeland Security officials lead the response and protect citizens and property.