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Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) - Pacific Executive Leaders Program

Please note that CHDS programs are continuing to run uninterrupted during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Traditional in-residence sessions and in-person offerings have been moved to online delivery through innovative and interactive platforms. Based upon current FEMA and Department of Defense guidance, remote online delivery will continue through 2020. We will return to in-person delivery as soon as our sponsors and local authorities allow.

About the Course

Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), in partnership with other entities in the Pacific region, has developed the Pacific Executive Leaders Program (Pacific ELP), a graduate-level education curriculum, to address specific challenges facing officials in these unique areas. The Pacific Executive Leaders Program consists of an intensive one-week in residence session at the University of Hawaii campus in Hilo.  The course is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of participants and does not require the workload of a traditional graduate-level course.

Training Objectives

This course is designed for mid- and senior-level homeland security professionals as an opportunity to cultivate the background and critical thinking skills needed to address emerging regional security issues, public policy debates, terrorist threats and best practices in homeland security including:

  • Geographic isolation from the continental U.S. and other entities
  • Predisposition to various types of natural disasters
  • Port security and safety concerns
  • Proximity to mainland Asia and its geopolitical influences


Tuition, fees, and travel are funded through a grant from FEMA. Participants will be required to sign a Continuing Service Agreement if selected to participate in GAP. The service obligation for CHDS is 24 months.


There is no degree requirement for this program.


University of Hawaii campus in Hilo.



Eligibility Requirements

Federal employees who have been with DHS for at least one year are eligible to apply. Federal employees who have been with DHS for at least 1 (one) year at the time the application is due are eligible to apply. Employees must have achieved at least a “Meets Expectations” or equivalent on their most recent review, and must be in good standing.

Applicants must be an O4-O6/GS-12 through SES and must be stationed in the Alaska, Guam or Hawaii region.

Application Procedures

Civilian members are required to complete two applications for this program. Applications are due NLT noon ET on November 19, 2020 for DHS-internal nomination application and NLT noon ET on December 15, 2020 for the Naval Postgraduate School application.

A. DHS-internal nomination application.

All these programs require completion of two applications -- a DHS-internal nomination application, and an application through CHDS. Civilian employees who are interested in applying for either program should complete both applications at the same time. Email the application to: ** Include only your name, program name, and dates you applied for.**
Active Duty military members are not required to completed DHS-internal nomination application forms.

B. Access the CHDS on line application. Active Duty military applicants please also send email to Include only your name, program name, and dates you applied for.

Selection Process

All nominations will be prescreened based on the eligibility requirements listed in the criteria and forwarded to DHS for concurrence. Nomination by DHS does not guarantee selection for the program. CHDS will review all applications submitted and will make final selections based upon the school's acceptance criteria into the program.

Program Manager

Theresa Brooks, phone 202-372-2739, email

Additional Information

CHDS Pacific Executive Leaders Program Fact Sheet:

DHS Academic Programs (Accessible only through Coast Guard workstations)