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National Defense University Center for the Study of WMD Program for Emerging Leaders

Overview:  The Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) is an initiative of National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).  Its goal is to create a community of rising U.S. Government leaders with the awareness and skill-set to respond to the dangers of WMD.  PEL brings together select individuals from across government to provide an appreciation of the variety of WMD threats and the full range of means, processes, and organizations for addressing them.  Its members are early to mid-career national security professionals.  Through periodic membership activities, PEL provides a forum for building an interagency network of next generation leaders with a better understanding of the role of WMD in U.S. national security.

Target Audience:  Nominees should be early to mid-career United States Government employees (GS 11-13, O-3 and O-4 or equivalent ranks) with responsibilities related to national security and an interest in learning about WMD-related issues.  Nominees are competitively selected to become members based on the strength of their applications and the goal of convening a diverse group that reflects the interagency nature of WMD threats.  Membership lasts three years with a new class joining the broad and vibrant network each summer. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, possess a secret security clearance or higher, and at least a bachelor’s degree.

Cost:  There are no direct costs to PEL members or their agencies for the program.  PEL members will need to attend regular program activities. The Program for Emerging Leaders is accepting applications from candidates outside of the National Capital Region.

Application Procedures:  Applications for the Program for Emerging Leaders are due no later than November 14, 2014, close of business. A completed application will include a cover sheet, letter of nomination, a personal statement of expected benefits in attending, résumé, and transcript for the highest degree earned.  There is posted information about how to apply to the program in additonal information

Please send completed application package to the DOE Career Development Program, Program Manager, Johnny Mcchriston. Concerns and or questions may be resolved by contacting him, via calling 301-903-9862, or his mobile telephone, 505-918-6952.

NNSA employees please contact Mr. Anthony M. Torres; POC for NNSA sponsored Leadership Development Programs via e-mail, or calling 505-845-5600 to answer any questions.

More Information: For information about PEL activities and membership, please visit the program’s website. If you still have questions, please contact the Program Manager, Ms. Hannah Kraushaar (; 202-685-3127) or the Program Director, Dr. Natasha Bajema (; 202-685-4234).

About the WMD Center:  Since its creation in 1994, the WMD Center has provided research and analytic support to a wide range of government offices and has pursued a broad education and outreach agenda.  It is the focal point for professional military education on combating WMD.  Through its education, research, and outreach programs, the WMD Center prepares U.S. national security leaders to address the challenges posed by weapons of mass destruction.