U.S. National Security

The September 11th terrorist attacks put national security at the very top of the U.S. public policy agenda. It is one of the most important missions facing the U.S. government. But, as the National Strategy for Homeland Security argues, securing the homeland is also an extremely complex mission that requires a coordinated and integrated effort from all levels of society: the federal government, state and local governments, the private and nonprofit sectors, general public, and international counterparts.

To meet these challenges, CSS conducts leading research, offers graduate-level study and hosts important policy discussions on all facets of homeland security and the national and international processes that affect it.



Related Events

  • Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit - February 24-25, 2010: CSS, the Naval Post Graduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and the Department of Homeland Security hosted the Fourth Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit at Georgetown University on February 24-25th, 2010. The conference focused on continuing to expand homeland security and defense education. Participants discussed the most pertinent issues relevant to security professionals, addressed the "return on investment" in homeland security/defense education, and identified current and relevant applied research areas.
  • CSS hosted Eli Berman of the University of California at San Diego on November 4, 2009 to discuss his new book, Radical, Religious and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism.
  • On October 19-20, 2009 CSS hosted a conference entitled: "If you Build It, Will They Use It? Optimizing the Homeland Security Network" that was aired on C-SPAN. Speakers were General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Charles E. Allen, former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis. Panel Discussions were Technology and Homeland Security, Lessons from Social Networking, Incentives and Implementation: Local Successes, Road Map the the Future and Homeland Security & Defense Business Council: Industry Reactions.
  • On December 18, 2008 CSS hosted the Director of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff.  His talk, "America Safer but Not Immune to Threats," was a retrospective on the development of DHS and a look forward to challenges that await the Obama administration.
  • CSS also hosted Secretary Chertoff on September 11, 2006.  He spoke of protecting the homeland five years after the attacks of 2001.


CSS has generated several reports on issues surrounding U.S. national security.