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Everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001. In the aftermath, do you remember the urgency to strengthen our national defenses, plans and intelligence to prevent another such attack on our country, our infrastructure and our cyber systems? Are we doing that today?

For law enforcement, fire, EMS and military personnel, there is an excellent opportunity to share your expertise to contribute toward protecting our country and systems and obtain a free master’s degree in the process. The Center for Homeland Defense and Security programs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) focus on leadership development to transform how public safety officials view an increasingly complex world and homeland security mission.

Through graduate- and executive-level coursework, seminars, and research, homeland security leaders gain the analytic and critical thinking skills and substantive expertise they need to create innovative solutions that address the threats facing the nation and local communities.

In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley speaks with Heather Issvoran, Director of Strategic Communications, Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, about the programs offered by NPS. Also featured on the podcast is NPS alumni Michael Petrie, a former EMS chief, alumni and thesis advisor to the NPS program.

To learn more about the programs offered by The Naval Postgraduate School, visit

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