National Guard Bureau

Homeland Security Institute

Leadership in Homeland Security

The Leadership in Homeland Security program is designed by Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership specifically for the National Guard and their partner organizations.


The Program on Crisis Leadership seeks to improve society’s capacity to deal with natural disasters; infrastructure, technology, and systems failures; emergent infectious 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 gives students a clear understanding of the different types of disasters governments confront and the key challenges governments face in preparing for and responding to these events. The Leadership in Homeland Security program will assist the National Guard and their partners and other agencies in developing leadership skills and organizational capabilities to respond to 21st century homeland security emergencies.


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