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Developing Innovative Strategies



Designed by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership specifically for the strategic-level leaders from the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and their partners from state and local emergency management agencies. Established emergency management protocols and procedures superbly address most crises; however, this program will bring senior leaders together to increase the flexibility of their decision-making during novel events. 


The Homeland Security Institute's (HSI) case studies are the foundations used for all of HSI's seminars. The lessons learned in past emergencies set up the groundwork for the future response. These case studies serve as a large benefit to the organization by providing thorough insight to the past and the causing factors of past emergencies. HSI works with many subject matter experts to contract out these case studies.


The University Program is open to any Soldier or Airman who possesses a bachelor's degree and is seeking to pursue a master's in homeland security or emergency management. HSI works with accredited universities that combine their web-based master's degree requirements alongside HSI's Program of Study (POS), which is a predetermined set of online homeland security courses. The credit received from HSI's POS allows students to receive an accelerated and more affordable master's degree.


"Educating & Connecting Leaders in Homeland Security"

On behalf of the National Guard Bureau, welcome to the Homeland Security Institute (HSI). The HSI is a training and professional education institute that serves homeland security leaders and practitioners at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. To accomplish this goal, the HSI brings together intergovernmental personnel, industry, and academia in order to provide real-world, relevant, and timely executive level education to leaders throughout the National Guard.


Why was HSI developed?
An educational gap exists between the Army and Air Force's Professional Military Education (PME) doctrine and the unique requirements of the National Guard's state mission. While the reserve component (RC) senior leaders participate side-by-side with their active component (AC) counterparts as equal partners in the development of strategically-trained leaders in the Profession of Arms, it falls on the RC senior leaders to adapt the AC's globally-focused PME rubric to the local and regional needs of individual states. This represents a gap in the PME requirements of our National Guard leaders.


The HSI's goal is to bridge this gap by facilitating the Homeland Security Educational Continuum. By facilitating education through the cooperation of the various stakeholders, the HSI brings together the Homeland Security and Emergency Management experts at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels within in our towns, cities, and states. This state-level perspective includes identifying and addressing the challenges and considerations of state level operations, inter-state operations, and intergovernmental cooperation.


HSI accomplishes this challenge through the conduct of a series of seminars, workshops, and exercises which span the continuum of strategic level problem sets. The HSI addresses these unique challenges by bringing together the key stakeholders across the range of government, industry, and academia. Further development and refinement of National Guard PME is needed to gap-fill; this is the aim of the National Guard Bureau's Homeland Security Institute.




“It was a tremendous experience and opportunity to learn from my brothers and sisters that have dedicated their lives to defending this nation and responding to a crisis when needed.”

Chief of Joint Staff at Ohio National Guard

COL Jefferson Watkins
LHS 2022

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