The attacks of September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, and the continued threat of terrorism has mandated the development of a cadre of professionals across the government who possess a broad understanding of our Nation's national security objectives beyond their own agency's missions. The National Security Professional Development (NSPD) Program ensures current and future professionals in national security positions possess the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to lead and execute coordinated, effective national security operations. 

The Department of the Interior is one of seventeen federal agencies participating in the NSPD. The Department has indentified SES and GS 13-15 employees responsible for becoming National Security Professionals (NSP) to help carry out the goals of the NSPD Program.

The goal of the NSPD is to ensure that national security professionals:

  • Better understand partner organizational objectives and mission requirements, interdependencies and synergies between the public and private sectors, and different organizational cultures
  • Transcend organizations, levels of government, missions, and specific national security disciplines

  • Improve their overall capability to safeguard national security in a dynamic risk environment