NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
HOMELAND SECURITY INSTITUTE
GENERAL AND FLAG OFFICER EXECUTIVE SEMINAR (GFOS)

The General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar (GFOS) is designed by the Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Crisis Leadership specifically for the National Guard. It equips senior leaders with the resources and capabilities required to provide an effective response during crisis events at the strategical level.

Inaction or uncertainty in times of crisis can lead to costly mistakes. Using case studies on major events, GFOS provides participants with knowledge to effectively ground themselves in their roles amidst a crisis to accurately perceive what is occurring and what to do about it, while also creating connections with key stakeholders.

Throughout GFOS, central questions will focus on the strategical level of leadership: What do leaders need to do before a crisis, how do they need to operate during a crisis, and how do they make the greatest possible contribution with the available resources? Reviewing and addressing these prior to real world emergencies equips graduates to promptly respond when most needed.

Note: Participation requires the appropriate level of approval from either the General Officer Management Office (GOMO) or approval at the state level.

“The course and all of the classes were very timely and extremely valuable to my current duties and responsibilities. My only regret is that I was not in the course prior to Hurricane Irene.”

- Lt Gen Michael Dubie