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The USC SHIELD Executive Program ’25

MDAA is honored and excited to announce The USC SHIELD Executive Program ’25; Global Defense and Deterrence – Developing leaders in Policy, Space, and Technology for National Security. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Should Apply?

Participants are drawn from a unique cadre of aspiring senior leaders from the military, government, industry, and innovation communities to develop the executive and leadership skills needed to grapple with today’s increasingly complex security environment. While each application will be reviewed and given careful consideration, the program is intended for executives and leaders with roughly 20 years experience in national security or defense, related to strategic deterrence or missile defense.

How does The Hybrid Model Work?

The program will be conducted over the course of seven months from September 2024-April 2025, with a mix of in-person and online instruction two or three days per month.

Instruction will typically occur on Friday and Saturday to facilitate participation by working professionals. Two in-person sessions will be held on USC’s campus in Los Angeles, California to provide networking opportunities critical for professional development.

The capstone exercise of the course will consist of group projects in which participants will tackle some of the toughest problems facing government and military leaders in space and defense, and will be presented during the final session in April 2025.

SHIELD Alumni & Network

The SHIELD program has a robust network of alumni dedicated to advancing our nation’s national security through their roles in both the public and private sector. Some of our past SHIELD alumni have come from:

  • National Guard
  • Air National Guard
  • US Army
  • Space Force
  • United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM)
  • United States Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)
  • MDA
  • Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and other industry partners

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