The CGSC Foundation published the report from the Homeland Security Symposium in July 2011. The HLS Symposium was cohosted by the CGSC Foundation and Kansas State University in support of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College from March 14-15, 2011, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Two years ago Kansas State University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) expanded their long-standing educational partnership as they embarked on a new mission in support of vital national homeland security interests. Recognizing the crucial need for increased access to graduate programs addressing homeland security and emergency management issues, K-State and CGSC have been collaborating to develop a Homeland Security graduate certificate program aligned to the needs of regional homeland security professionals.
To support this project, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts led the effort to secure a non-competitive, Congressionally- directed grant in the amount of $250,000 for the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc., for curriculum and course development related to this Homeland Security (HLS) education program.
During the two-day symposium conducted in March 2011, attendees were updated on the program development progress since the initial Homeland Security Educational Needs Analysis Workshop held in 2008. Attendees saw how their input in 2008 has been incorporated into a comprehensive program concept that will serve as a model program for educating, training, and maintaining the nation’s homeland security professionals. Attendees also participated in symposium sessions focusing on diverse areas of homeland security. Through these sessions, attendees had the opportunity to share their unique professional experiences and insights to assist in finalizing the curriculum and to encourage dialogue among regional homeland security professionals about critical topics.
The Homeland Security Symposium at Fort Leavenworth was co-sponsored and hosted by the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc., and Kansas State University in support of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). This report summarizes the activities and presentations during the symposium.