Education for Active Stakeholders. As part of its commitment to serving as an integral contributor to our nation’s ongoing BSI-related initiatives, the NCBSI has actively formed crucial partnerships with DHS-related agencies and members of every strata of our law enforcement network (federal, state and local) including CBP, ATF, ICE, Border Patrol, the El Paso Sherriff’s Office and numerous others. Through educational seminars and collaborative projects (responding to specific stakeholder requests) the NCBSI assists our stakeholding agencies through the identification of tactical, social and political areas pertinent to the provenance of our region’s homeland security enterprise.
Education for Prospective and Rising Professionals. The NCBSI is committed to ensuring the continued integrity of our homeland security enterprise network by providing students with the means to develop and explore pre-existing aptitudes in BSI-related fields, thus contributing to forming the future face of our homeland security enterprise. Through educational seminars and programs, the NCBSI connects promising students possessing an expressed interest in BSI-related career fields with agencies and individual stakeholders. Such contact refines the student’s understanding of BSI domains and provides a level of preparation for their potential careers. A sampling of such initiatives (both current and in development) include:
• Homeland Security Summer Scholars Academy
• Online Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence and National Security Studies
Additionally, the NCBSI maintains active communication between other DHS Centers of Excellence (COE) located at universities across the nation. This provides students with an inter-collegiate network of resources designed to expose students to further opportunities.
Investigative Research and Inquiry. As the sole DHS Center of Excellence located on the Southwest border, the NCBSI is in a singularly auspicious position where it is able to both leverage its unique location and capitalize on the unparalleled expertise of UTEP faculty in investigative endeavors. The Center actively pools the expertise of a diverse array of individual operators in forming the various modalities of research. In so doing, the Center is able to generate cutting-edge research, training curricula evaluations and high quality educational programming in order to both facilitate our nation’s ongoing efforts in preserving the integrity of our border region and in providing our law enforcements agencies with the educational munitions needed to enhance their abilities in the performance of their duties.