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The HKS Program on Crisis Leadership seeks to improve society’s capacity to deal with natural disasters, infrastructure, technology, and systems failures, emergent infections disease, and terrorism. Professors Dutch Leonard and Arn Howitt have researched, studied, and analyzed leaders and organizations facing crisis situations for over a decade. Their book Managing Crises: Responses to Large Scale Emergencies (2009) provides a clear understanding of the different types of disasters governments confront and of the key challenges governments face in preparing for and responding to these events.

General Flag Officer Seminar

GFOS is designed by 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. 

Leadership in Homeland Security

LHS addresses executive education needs by mirroring GFOS, but from the perspective of operational-leaders. This course will assist leaders to better understand the importance of their individual roles and responsibilities within the strategic framework; maintain flexibility within the continuity of command; and understand the value of empowering subordinate organizations with decision-making abilities.

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