Office of Leadership (CG-128)

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U.S. Coast Guard | Commandant (CG-128)
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE | Stop 7907
Washington, D.C. 20593-7907

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National Security Executive Leadership Seminar (NSELS) (PT-330)

About the Course


The DHS Chief Learning and Engagement Officer has invited the Coast Guard to nominate GS15/O6 members for the Department of State's Foreign Service Institute (FSI) National Security Executive Leadership Seminar (NSELS), an excellent interagency training course offered by the Department of State for GS-15/O-6 members, or equivalent employees.

The Foreign Service Institute National Security Executive Leadership Seminar (NSELS) course offers participants exposure to high-level Administration officials and the latest insights on policy deliberations. Speakers have included the Deputy Secretaries of State and Treasury, the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Deputy Director of ODNI, as well as other leaders from the national security, business and NGO communities.

NSELS is a training and networking opportunity for State Department and interagency officials.  The seminar’s policy focus is the National Security Strategy of the United States. The course explores critical challenges to American interests and the leadership skills needed for success in the interagency environment.  Participants are exposed to senior-level officials from across the national security arena, engage in high-level policy discussions, and learn from one another’s professional experiences. 

For more information, check out the Overview.



All employees at the GS-15/O6, and equivalent members are eligible to participate. Applicants must have been employed with DHS for at least one year and have received a Meets Expectations or equivalent on their last review; and must be involved in national security related policy work. Tuition is funded by an agreement between the Foreign Service Institute and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for anyone selected to participate. Travel, per diem, and other incidental expenses are the responsibility of the nominee's unit. The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is located in Arlington, VA.


Application Procedures

Applicants are required to complete the NSELS Nomination Form and an updated resume (please remove PII data). Supervisory recommendation within the NSELS Nomination Form must indicate their approval/support for the nominee to attend ALL the training dates along with any amplifying information about the nominees qualifications.  To apply, fill out the attached nominee information sheet and email the form and supporting documents in Word format (NSELS Nomination Form MUST be submitted in word format) to  Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.  


Application Deadline

**Nominations for NSELS are due by October 20, 2020**


Program Manager

Kin Szeto, COMDT (CG-128), phone 202-475-5515, email