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SPIA National Security Executive Leadership Program - MARCH 22 - 26, 2021- Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center - Arlington, VA
SPIA National Security Executive Leadership Program - MARCH 22 - 26, 2021- Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center - Arlington, VA
SPIA National Security Executive Leadership Program - MARCH 22 - 26, 2021- Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center - Arlington, VA
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In an ever-changing geopolitical landscape with new threats emerging, leaders of the future must be dynamic, possessing expertise that spans policy, law, and science. Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs' National Security Executive Leadership Program sets the bar for national security professional development, empowering professionals from all backgrounds through interdisciplinary training designed to bridge the policy and technical gap and prepare them for critical leadership positions.

National Security Executive Leadership Program is an intensive one-week, offered March 22-26, 2021, professional development program designed for mid-level national security professionals. Participants will gain a firm foundational knowledge of the U.S. national security apparatus, instruments of national power, the appropriations process, gaming, and critical decision-making, as well as background in technical and regional policy issues. The program curriculum is centered around cyber security in critical infrastructure protection and will comprise participatory learning online and via simulation.

Program Details

Taught by national security leaders. Modules are taught by leading academics and policy experts, including from the uniformed services and federal agencies. Sessions include simulations including "A Game of Disruptive Operations inside the United States", case studies, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities.

The March 2021 program is being offered online. Future programs will be offered in the Washington D.C. area at the state-of-the-art Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA, just two blocks from the Ballston metro.

Designed for mid-level national security professionals. Public and private sector professionals are welcome.Those with 3-8 years of relevant experience will gain the most from the program. Participants who successfully complete all requirements will receive 3.5 CEUs and a Virginia Tech certificate of achievement.


sponsored by the
Ridenour Faculty Fellowship program

Notices & News

News Item: National Security Executive Leadership Program offers critical training for rising professionals

Questions about the program? Download the FAQ: SPIA-FAQ.pdf

Registration is now open.

The March 2021 program is fully online!

If you are a current Virginia Tech student and you would like to take the course for credit, please contact Amanda Fawkes at fheat07@vt.edu

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CONTACT: Patty Tatro, Continuing and Professional Education - Email: ptatro@vt.edu


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