The WMD Center is pleased to inform you that the 2021 Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) application season is now open!

The Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) is an initiative designed to foster a community of rising U.S. government leaders with the awareness and skill-set to respond to the dangers posed by WMD. The program brings together select early- to mid-career national security professionals from across government to critically examine potential WMD threats and the full range of means, processes, and organizations for addressing them. Through periodic membership activities, PEL provides a forum for building an interagency network of next generation leaders with a better understanding of the role of WMD in U.S. national security.

Any early-to-mid career USG employee interested in learning about WMD challenges is encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply to PEL is February 12, 2021. Applications must be submitted via email and can be found on our website at:

If you have any questions about the Program for Emerging Leaders, please do not hesitate to contact