A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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