About the Program for Emerging Leaders

131113_BajemaPortrait#73BD2Welcome to the Website for the Program for Emerging Leaders!  The Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) is proudly sponsored by National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD Center). PEL’s goal is to foster a community of rising U.S. government leaders with the awareness and skill-set to respond to the dangers posed by WMD. Its members are early to mid-career professionals drawn from across the government — both civilian and military — whose work responsibilities are related to national security and who want to learn more about WMD. Competitively selected for their leadership potential from a large number of applicants, PEL members promise to be leaders in their respective organizations.

Through a variety of activities the Program for Emerging Leaders aims to help its members understand WMD threats to national security and the full range of means, processes, and organizations for addressing them. It also seeks to create relationships of trust between future leaders who may someday need to call upon each other to address WMD-related issues.

If you have any further questions, you may email PEL@ndu.edu or call me at 202-685-4234.

Dr. Natasha Bajema
Director, Program for Emerging Leaders