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Commentary | Feb. 20, 2024

Did you know? Eight free resources for leadership development

By Office of Leadership (DCMS-DPR-5)

Did you know you can access an extensive collection of leadership and homeland security resources from the nation’s leading educational institution for homeland defense and security without a CAC? You read that right. No CAC required.  

In honor of #NationalLeadershipDay, we wanted to share some of our favorite leadership development learning and research resources offered by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). These resources are applicable to everyone in the Coast Guard workforce wherever you are in your leadership and public safety journey. 

Browse digital libraries, document repositories, courses, books, databases, thesis collections, video lectures, podcasts, interviews and collaborations across a wide variety of homeland security topics and issues.  

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL): The Nation’s premier collection of reports, documents, and resources related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. If you are not sure what you are looking for, you can even ask one of the HDSL Librarians to assist you. Pretty hard to top that! 

CHDS Self Study Courses: Whether you prefer to be a tortoise or a hare, these online, non-credit courses are designed for homeland security professionals and students who wish to enhance their knowledge and want the flexibility of self-paced instruction. 

Homeland Security Affairs: For those who learn best by reading, the “Homeland Security Affairs” is a peer-reviewed online journal of CHDS, providing a forum to propose and debate strategies, policies, and organizational arrangements to strengthen U.S. homeland security. 

CHDS/ed: A one-stop shop of shared learning materials across a wide-range of homeland security topics and critical issues. Includes lectures, podcasts, interviews, presentations, and more. Perfect for anyone looking to brush up on subject matter ahead of a briefing or report! 

University and Agency Partnership Program (UAPP): Looking to advance your knowledge and further your study of homeland security through a local college or university program?  Utilize the UAPP to find one in your local area! 

CHDS Theses: Critical, relevant research from CHDS Master's students in Security Studies. Over 1,000 searchable theses. 

Alumni Short Talks: TED-style talks by CHDS alumni on a broad array of critical issues in homeland security — a great add to any meeting or training! 

What CHDS is Reading: Read what they’re reading: An in-depth reading list of books assigned in the Master's, Executive Leaders, and Emergence programs within the last two years. It’s like the homeland security version of Oprah’s book club! 

Want a more structured approach to leadership and professional development?  Applications are now being accepted for the CHDS Emergence, Executive Leader and Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Programs. Find out more by visiting the office of leadership website: