CREATE Executive Program Headed to Washington D.C.

Program Overview

The CREATE Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism will be held in Washington D.C. July 30 – August 4, 2017. Entering its ninth year the program is a unique course designed to challenge international counter-terrorism leaders and enhance their analysis, coordination, and response capabilities to the evolving terrorism threat. The program is structured specifically for public sector professionals and policymakers and employs an interdisciplinary academic and experiential learning environment. Participants will strengthen their cross-functional skills through immersion in key issues and best practices presented by world-class research and public policy experts in counter-terrorism. In addition, the program fosters academic, professional, and personal development amidst a diverse group of peers from around the world. To read more about the class of 2016 click here.

“The reason we wanted to hold the course in Washington D.C. this year is because after eight successful years hosting this program in Los Angeles we wanted to go to arguably one of the top two terror targets in this country, our nation’s capital," Dr. Erroll Southers, CREATE’s Director of International Programs, explains. “Attending the course we will have local, state and federal law enforcement; members of the intelligence community; members of the public and private security defense industry and policymakers who are engaged in addressing issues of homeland security."

The program is a six day course and includes classes examining Homegrown Violent ExtremismIntelligence/Dark WebCivil Rights and PrivacyDecision AnalysisCounter-Terrorism Policy Making and Democracy and a host of other relevant topics. “The speakers on this course are household names," Dr. Southers says. “We have counter-terrorism experts, we have intelligence community officials, we have people who are responsible for iconic infrastructure."  In addition to a series of informative and interactive lectures participants will also enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes site visits to critical infrastructure and meet the experts responsible for keeping them safe.  Site visits will include tours of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Dulles International Airport and other locations. 

“No other program offers this kind of opportunity to understand the threat to some of our nation’s most critical targets."

Erroll Southers, CREATE Director of International Programs

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The online application requires submission of a statement of professional interest and a letter of endorsement from the candidate’s employer or government agency. Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Early application is strongly encouraged as space is limited.


2017 Timeline

Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2017

Applications due by June 30, 2017

Deadline to Accept and Payment is Due on July 3, 2017

Admission Requirements

Public sector executives are encouraged to apply. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Proficiency in written and spoken English are required. Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Applying to this program requires on-line application submission to include a letter of endorsement from the candidate’s employer on appropriate agency letterhead.

Program Fee

The program fee for the six-day course is $4,000. This fee covers tuition, materials, accommodations and meals (breakfast, lunch and two scheduled dinners). For Washington D.C. area residents not requiring lodging, the fee is $3,500.The fee for veterans is $3,000, GI Bill funds may not be used for this program.

This course is eligible for the use of Homeland Security Grant Programs. State, Local and Tribal Governments may use Homeland Security Grant funds to cover the cost of Tuition, Travel, Lodging, Backfill, OT and Per Diem. For more information, please contact Alex Cabassa at [email protected].

USC Viterbi School of Engineering continuing education units are available for this program upon request. They are not degree credits, but may be utilized for career advancement depending upon participants’ agency requirements.