News for October 2012

CHS and U.S. Northern Command 10 Years Later

9/11 US North Com

Responding to U.S. Northern Command's (USNORTHCOM) needs, CHS, in concert with the Naval Postgraduate School and the UCCS School of Public Affairs, developed a four-course training program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense. From 2005 to 2009, 203 USNORTHCOM students attended courses in the certificate program.  In 2011, CHS developed and delivered a series of six 4-day Training Workshops to USNORTHCOM personnel, built around the Commander's "Focus Areas" and designed not only to educate and train his workforce, but also to offer solutions to his greatest challenges.

CHS Director Kurt Johnson discussed USNORTHCOM's long and successful maturation process in a recent interview with the Colorado Springs Gazette.

"While the command began as a tool to protect the nation from outside threats, it has spent the majority of its time coordinating disaster-response teams. The evolution took time, said Kurt Johnson, the command's former senior legal advisor, who joined the command in 2005.  "We were still writing plans - not refining plans, but writing plans - for various contingencies," said Johnson, now the director of the Center for Homeland Security at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. "It's just a maturing process that has gone very well for NORTHCOM."  While defense officials stood up the command at Peterson Air Force Base, UCCS created the center to offer masters degrees to hundreds people assigned to the new command."

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