The Tenth Annual Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit was held March 23-24, 2017.  CHDS partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate. George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security hosted the event at their Arlington, Virginia campus.

Read more about the Summit.


Theme: Overcoming Barriers: Looking at the Next 10 Years of Homeland Security Strategies, Plans, Policies and Education

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Summit, and CHDS looks forward to addressing essential questions regarding the future security challenges we will face together with thought leaders in government, academia and industry. The 10th Anniversary event will be the largest yet.

Agenda [updated March 9]


At this year’s Summit, we look to the next ten years and ask how we, as members of the larger homeland security enterprise, can move beyond established notions of security to develop strategies that address threats more effectively. We also seek to reduce barriers between academics and practitioners of homeland defense and security by offering a forum to challenge the prevailing paradigms and overcome conceptual barriers. The Summit offers the homeland security enterprise a unique opportunity to engage in rich dialogue on the issues we approach from different perspectives. For some, it will offer a new audience for their research and analysis and an opportunity to shape the Department of Homeland Security’s principal strategy document, the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. For others, it will provide new insight into the issues they work on every day.

This year’s Summit will feature two methods of participation. In the first track, the Summit will feature presentations of general interest to the homeland security enterprise by exploring innovative approaches to addressing homeland security, homeland defense, and related efforts, including education programs in these areas.

The second track will feature presentations of original theoretical, methodological, and empirical research as well as applied or policy research relevant to homeland security. Topics include:

  • Countering terrorism, violent extremism, and transnational organized crime;
  • Securing our borders and enforcing immigration laws;
  • Securing legal flows of trade and travel;
  • Protecting critical infrastructure in physical and cyber realms; and
  • Ensuring emergency preparedness and disaster recovery.

Proceedings and presentations from the 9th Annual Summit (2015)