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Navy Senior Leader Seminar (NSLS)

The Course

The Navy Senior Leader Seminar (NSLS) provides senior Navy Officers, Civilians and Command Master Chiefs with an intensive five-day executive education program that focuses on learning best leadership practices in strategic thinking, goal setting, effects-based thinking, risk management, financial management, innovative thinking, strategic communication, and organizational change. The program provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage and lead increasingly complex Navy and DoD organizations. Learning is enhanced by the use of case studies, seminar-style discussions, small-team exercises, practical applications, and peer-learning. Participants are introduced to subject matter experts from across the U.S. who are well known within DoD and industry and who provide unique insights into how proven business techniques can be used within a Navy and military environment. The course is designed to better prepare senior Navy leaders to meet organizational challenges in their current and future assignments, and to empower them to become more effective change agents and better-informed stewards of the Navy’s resources.

Objectives / Desired End State

  • To learn directly from subject matter experts about strategies, policies, and resource issues shaping the Navy today and business processes to help achieve organizational goals and mission.

  • To provide proven leadership tools to meet the challenges posed by today’s dynamic geo-political environment.

  • To acquire new knowledge and skills that stimulate innovative thinking.

  • To share expertise with peers, and to learn from and become aware of the broad range of perspectives represented by other communities within the Navy.

  • To enhance participants’ individual strengths to support desired changes set by senior leadership.

Program Manager

CAPT Robert Huddleston, USN (Ret.) 
Center for Executive Education, US Naval Postgraduate School 

Bob Huddleston, a native of Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering. He served as a Naval Intelligence Officer, specializing in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. 

While in the Navy, he served in every major theater of the world, with assignments at the Squadron, Air Wing, Strike Group, Fleet, Joint, National and NATO levels. He conducted eight overseas deployments on numerous aircraft carriers and flagships and was stationed in operational intelligence assignments overseas and in the U.S.  Read full bio...

The Faculty

A diverse mix of leading academics and senior executives from both Navy and the private sector offer participants a range of perspectives through which course objectives are addressed. The NSLS provides participants with the opportunity to engage with Navy's leadership on issues ranging from the strategic to the granular. Private sector thought leaders and academic experts share their insights on established and emerging best practices on a wide range of business issues that are critical to the successful operation of Navy organizations.

The Location

The NSLS is offered both online and in-person at the Center for Executive Education on the campus of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Lodging is available on-base at the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites in historic Herrmann Hall.

Who Should Attend?

The NSLS is designed for Navy Captains, high potential Commanders, senior Civilians (GS-15 and equivalent) and Command/Force/Fleet CMCs. Participants are nominated by their Enterprise/Community leadership.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the policy for class attendance? May I audit the program? What are the Technology requirements for Online iterations? What if I can't fully commit to the Online iterations? For these answers and more, please view FAQs pdf.

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