When the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) completed the development of its futuristic Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV), commonly referred to as Sea Hunter, it turned the functioning vessel over to the Navy to envision how the service could use the technological marvel. In turn, the Navy turned to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and its students and faculty to help.
Looking out over a hilly landscape, parades of puffy clouds march across the California horizon. The five-year, statewide drought that had burned the surrounding countryside a golden brown has finally broken with a punishing, record rainfall. Now the hills are green again on the Central Coast, and a window of calm weather allows for a small group of scientists, researchers and academics to do something quite rare in the realm of unmanned systems and autonomy.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) held its latest Big Ideas Exchange (BIX) on the university campus, Dec. 2, showcasing some of the grand ideas explored across the institution.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Distinguished Professor of Operations Research (OR) Dr. Gerald G. Brown accomplished something no other OR practitioner ever has … He was awarded both the 2016 INFORMS President’s Award, and the 2016 INFORMS Steinhardt Prize, during the organization’s annual meeting, November 15.
A major study, released in late November in the journal “Nature,” reveals the history of retreat of the massive Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in western Antarctica, widely considered one of the largest contributors to global sea-level rise.
Researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and The University of California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography are collaborating to understand the effects of climate change on Arctic ocean acoustic propagation.
Professor Peter Guest with the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Department of Meteorology has been employing quadrotors, small unmanned aerial vehicles, to measure the various atmospheric conditions that affect the Navy’s ability to operate throughout the world’s oceans.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is slated to welcome a cohort of graduate students from the Republic of Mali in March of 2017. The group of 13 students from various ministries will report to NPS next year after completing language training in San Antonio, Texas.
NPS Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Associate Professor Noel Du Toit has spent the last several days living 60 feet underwater at the Aquarius Reef Base habitat in the Florida Keys. Du Toit is an Aquanaut with the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 21 mission, and is performing his own research in human-robot interaction while assisting NASA prepare for its journey to Mars.
As Ukraine contends with Russian military incursions in Crimea and Donetsk, it has been working to reform its Soviet-Era defense structure with members of the Defense Governance and Management Team (DGMT) at the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Center for Civil Military Relations (CCMR).
Cyber experts and technology leaders congregated at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, June 21-23, for Cyber Endeavour. Focused on the theme, “The Internet of everything and the impact on national security,” Cyber Endeavor is an annual conference designed to tackle the ever-evolving challenges of securing military and civilian networks from cyber attacks.
NPS Department of Operations Research Assistant Professor Andrew Anglemyer recently published an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine titled, “Suicide Rates in Active Duty Personnel, 2005-2011.”
When the USS Eisenhower arrived to Mediterranean Sea last week, a cadre of faculty from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and other universities across the nation were part of the crew.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Institute (MOVES) conducted its annual Academic Working Group (MAWG) from May 24-26, at its headquarters on the NPS campus in Monterey, California.
Unbeknownst to the general public, academics and subject matter experts from universities and think tanks quietly contribute to international diplomacy through what are known as track II talks - informal discussions with foreign states.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Research Professor Jonathan Phillips has been reaching out to anyone who will listen about what he calls a “revolutionary” development in the field of capacitors with vast naval and commercial implications.
NPS Research Assistant Professor Dr. Noel E. Du Toit has been granted access to Florida International University’s Aquarius Reef Base Underwater Habitat located beneath the waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to advance his research into joint human-robot exploration.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) alumna Kaylene Carter, along with Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty Drs. Murali Tummala and John McEachen, and electrical engineer Rohan Ramlall with the Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific, were recently awarded a patent for their “Hyperbolic Positioning Method Using Broadcast Digital Television Signals and Monitor Receiver Ranging.”
Students and faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) are tentatively scheduled to launch a 3-foot, 180-pound satellite dubbed NPSAT 1, as part of the next DOD Space Test Program (STP) mission onboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from the Cape Canaveral Space Center, Sept. 15, 2016. The satellite is the product of years of student and faculty research and will carry several experiments from both NPS and the Naval Research Laboratory into orbit.
A team of researchers and information technology experts at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has secured nearly $1 million in funding from the High-Performance Computing (HPC) Modernization Program for an ambitious data analytics project dubbed the Data Analysis of Real Time Streams (DARTS).
Imagine trying so resolve a conflict that has been going on for decades, where all sides are firmly and passionately entrenched in their own diverse perspectives. Thanks to a program created by the U.S. Army War College, that is exactly what students from Naval Postgraduate School, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey, California State University Monterey Bay, Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley did during the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (ISCNE) held on the MIIS campus, Feb. 26-28.
A futuristic vessel soars like an aircraft across the electric blue Pacific at more than 100 knots, carrying 25 exhilarated Sailors to a destination in the fraction of the time of any other boat in the fleet.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) recently announced the recipients of the 2015 Menneken Awards. NPS Dean of Research Jeff Paduan made the announcement which included the introduction of a new faculty award for senior faculty members.
Since its inception in September 2012, more than 15 enlisted Sailors from the Information System Technician (IT) and Cryptologic Technician-Networks (CTN) ratings have earned Master of Science in Applied Cyber Operations (MACO) degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Distinguished Professor and Cebrowski Institute Director Dr. Peter Denning welcomed attendees to NPS’ Big Ideas Exchange in Ingersoll Hall, Dec. 4. Inspired by the hugely succesful “Ted Talks” lecture series, the goal of the exchange is to convey insights from faculty and students that change the way we see defense problems.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Operations Research Distinguished Professor Patricia Jacobs has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her career accomplishments in applied probability and statistical methods supporting national security, as well as her accomplishments as a dedicated educator of future strategic leaders.
A who’s who of distinguished local leaders, colleagues and retired admirals gathered on the Quarterdeck of the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Herrmann Hall to recognize NPS Dudley Knox Library Special Collections Manager and unofficial university historian John Sanders for his three decades of federal service, Oct. 30. Guests at the retirement ceremony were given the opportunity to have their photo taken with cut-outs of Sanders, dine on a 50-foot-long sandwich made in his honor, and read an original cartoon by Broadside creator Jeff Bacon, written just for the occasion.
Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) Professor James H. Newman officially assumed the position of Naval Postgraduate School Acting Provost, Oct. 5. As he steps into his new role on campus, he noted his first order of business is to continue the efforts of former university Provost Dr. Douglas A. Hensler, who retired from the institution in early October to spend more time with his family.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in conjunction with Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden recently established the university’s first-ever Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) chair. The chair will serve as a mentor and a liaison between the surface Navy community and NPS students, faculty and staff.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Department of Defense Analysis, the Naval War College (NWC) Monterey, and the Global Education Community Collaboration Online (GlobalECCO) counter terrorism program recently hosted a panel discussion titled, “The Islamic State: Remaining and Expanding?” in Ingersoll Hall.
In 2009, then Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Conway declared energy a top priority. Mere weeks later, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O) was born and tasked with analyzing, developing and directing the Marine Corps’ energy strategy.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s Staff Judge Advocate (JAG) Cmdr. Tracy Clark exercises leadership on the university campus on a daily basis. But her leadership is exercised off campus as well, motivating her teammates to victory as a leading member of her roller derby team, the Beasts of Eden.
The Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif., is celebrating 50 years of educating defense leaders with an eye toward creating sound fiscal policy and the efficient allocation of precious defense resources.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) recently acquired a piece of the leading edge of a wing from one of NASA’s Space Transportation System orbiter, also known as a space shuttle. The piece, one of only a few that can be viewed outside a museum, will soon join what is becoming an impressive collection of memorabilia honoring the university’s legacy in space operations and exploration.
Maritime security experts from some 19 littoral and associated Mediterranean nations, international and regional law enforcement and security organizations, U.S. Combatant Commands and think tanks recently gathered in Athens, Greece to address the growing crisis created by illegal human migration through the Mediterranean Sea.
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates referred to him as “perhaps the finest leader of men in combat I have ever met.”
Former NPS students and U.S. Army War College Fellows Army Lt. Cols. Robert Schultz and Patrick Duggan earned first-place honors while competing in the 2015 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff National Defense and Military Strategy Essay Competition. But while the accolades were appreciated, the ideas espoused by Schultz and Duggan may linger long after the applause has faded.
Former Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Professor of Systems Engineering (SE) Dr. David H. Olwell is settling in to his new position as Dean of Engineering at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington, but colleagues say he has left a lasting legacy on both the university, and the systems engineering discipline, here at NPS.
A team of faculty and researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is setting what are believed to be world records in the realm of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) President retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route and Provost Dr. Douglas Hensler, honored a diverse crowd of academics during NPS’ annual promotion and tenure ceremony in the university’s Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Auditorium, May 8.
A diverse group of law enforcement officials recently converged on the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in order to learn about and collaborate on the burgeoning field of Social Network Analysis (SNA).
Students and faculty from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) recently came together with teams of junior officers from U.S. Navy Third Fleet to discuss the ethics of unmanned systems for the 2015 iteration of the Robo-Ethics Continuing Education Series. This year’s event was led via video teleconference by NPS Associate Professor Ray Buettner, April 14.
NPS’ International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM) program continues to be recognized for contributions to worldwide defense acquisition processes. Since its inception, the program has gained a wealth of supporters from students, professors and even North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Research Associate Professor Douglas Horner and Research Assistant Professor Noel Du Toit recently returned from remote Pavilion Lake, British Columbia where they investigated Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) operations in extreme, under-ice environments.
When young men and women dream of careers with the Navy, they are likely drawn by romantic notions of far away ports, exotic seascapes, or the thrill of naval aviation. They probably don’t think about occupying unassuming offices at a university, crunching detailed complex data sets, but that is just what Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Associate Professor Yu-Chu Shen does on a daily basis, and the results of her work are no less dramatic than the Sailors she supports.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Operations Research Associate Professor Nita Shattuck has led a long line of NPS students on a mission to improve the lives of their fellow service members around the world. For more than 15 years, she has devoted herself to a singular task … ensuring service members get enough rest to perform their best, especially when they are deployed and must deal with potentially life-threatening situations.
It was an all-hands effort, but thanks to the Naval Postgraduate School’s Information Technology and Communications Services (ITACS) department, the university has successfully completed network accreditation for its .EDU designation. More than just a domain for its website, a .EDU network is a component to allowing NPS to flourish as an academic institution.
As the world struggles to respond to the recent wave of attacks by radicals in Paris, Africa and the Middle East, the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) has waded into the fray with its most explosive weapon –education.
“The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers,” once noted renowned mathematician and former Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Professor Richard W. Hamming. For the man who set aside a lifetime of groundbreaking discoveries for the love of teaching, at a self-imposed $1 per year salary, it would prove to be a prophetic statement indeed.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Professor Sivaguru S. Sritharan was recently selected to serve as the next provost of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).
Professor David Jenn with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) has been awarded a patent for his Dipole with an Unbalanced Microstrip Feed antenna. Jenn’s antenna, known in the industry as a “rectenna,” is small in size, but he hopes that what it lacks in stature will be made up for in functionality.
Government officials around the country have been trying to understand and properly classify the use of drones outside of the battlefield. Recently, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced that she plans to introduce legislation designed to organize and expand a temporary ban on civilian drones.
A team of faculty and researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Simulation, Experiments and Efficient Design (SEED) Center for Data Farming has been honored with a 2014 NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) Scientific Achievement Award for their contributions to the international organization through data farming research.
Student and faculty researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) have embarked upon a novel effort to explore “maneuver” tactics in the electromagnetic (EM) domain. Their work was recently featured in the Journal of Electronic Defense and continues to garner attention from top Department of Defense leaders.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) students Lt. Eric Kinzbrunner and Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Argenziano are in the midst of their research theses in the university’s Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. And with the assistance of their advisor, Research Assistant Professor Mark Karpenko, the two space systems students may just have an immediate impact on NASA’s deep space observation satellite, the Kepler Spacecraft.
A pair of Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) international exchange students from the University of Bundeswehr say they are the first to have ever successfully built an operational InterOrbital Systems Tube Satellite (TubeSat).
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) recently hosted its annual Warfare Innovation Workshop (WIW) in NPS’ Ingersoll Hall, Sept. 22-25. The workshop brought together students as well as members of industry, Navy laboratories, system commands and academia to explore innovative concepts in future warfare scenarios.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Associate Professor Claudia C. Luhrs, with collaborator Department of Physics Research Professor Jonathan Phillips and a team of student researchers, recently published the results of an ambitious research initiative designed to create carbon nano-fiber foams (CFF) – materials with the potential for multiple military and civilian applications.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Meteorology Professor Qing Wang welcomed a multidisciplinary group of scientists to NPS’ Root Hall to kick off a multiyear, multidisciplinary study to explore one of the Navy’s hottest research areas, environmental effects on electromagnetic (EM) wave propagation.
Despite its lengthy title and awkward acronym, the Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet, or MMOWGLI, has garnered increased attention in recent day as policy makers have leveraged its ability to encourage discussion and crowdsource solutions to complex problems. MMOWGLI games are currently exploring issues as diverse as naval energy policy, combating piracy, and even copyright infringement.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) recently welcomed an international cohort of defense leaders to its Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) for the 45th iteration of its flagship program, the Senior International Defense Management Course (SIDMC).
At a recent commencement address, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Defense Analysis (DA) Professor and Chair Dr. John Arquilla discussed the “big, game-changing ideas” percolating at NPS, and one of them is happening right in his own department.
U.S. Navy Capt. Wayne Porter twice served as Adm. Mike Mullen’s “deep thinker” in strategic systems. Until recently, he served as the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Chair of Systemic Strategy and Complexity, where in addition to his professional duties, he worked across the region with local mayors, academics and industry leaders to develop a series of computer models designed to support the development of a high-tech, agriculture focused, industrial cluster in the nearby Salinas Valley.
An eclectic group of Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) students has been working with International Fulbright Scholar, NPS Department of Information Sciences Professor Alex Bordetsky, on a series of initiatives tied to university-led research into the use of mobile ad hoc networks used in the sensing, identification and interdiction of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) during Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO).<
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) faculty from the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) recently led a four-day Intelligence and Democracy Workshop in Tirana, Albania attended by the Albanian Minister of Defense, the Chief of the Albanian Armed Forces, the U.S. Ambassador to Albania and both members of the Albanian Parliament and the heads of Albania’s Intelligence Services, April 28 – May 2.
NPS’ one-of-a-kind Master of Cost Estimating and Analysis (MCEA) degree program, focused on the development of competent, skilled DOD cost estimators, is delivered completely over distance learning technologies.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Oceanography Research Professor Tim Stanton is once again studying the affects of environmental change in the world’s polar regions, but this time he and his colleagues are turning their scientific gaze northward to the Arctic, where NPS-developed instruments and student researchers are examining the effects of climate change on rapidly-changing sea ice.
A group of 32 students from across Naval Air System Command's nine geographically separated sites graduate from two-year Naval Postgraduate School programs in systems engineering (MSSE), engineering systems (MSES) and systems analysis (MSA).
Throughout the U.S. Southern Command’s organization, a network of partnerships with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif. on several high-visibility initiatives continues to have a direct impact on combatant command operations.
Former Naval Postgraduate School President Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe took the helm of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet during a change of command ceremony April 2 at the Frank B. Rowlett Building located at Fort George G. Meade, Md.
NPS students and faculty deploy to the Central Philippines to provide relief following Tyhpoon Haiyan, but it’s on campus where the bulk of university efforts to improve HADR operations happens every day.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) students, faculty and staff recently came together to participate in a first-of-its-kind, research requirement fair at venues scattered across the NPS campus in Monterey. Students and faculty met with Navy and Marine Corps representatives from across the fleet who shared their respective research requirements in an effort to match Navy and Marine Corps research needs with NPS student researchers.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Associate Professor Alexander Bordetsky was selected to receive a prestigious J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar award, March 10.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s Department of Defense Analysis has spent the first quarter of 2014 assisting Northern African nations improve the security of their land and sea borders through a series of workshops.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Center for Executive Education (CEE) recently welcomed senior Department of Defense leaders to NPS to participate in a five-day Leading Innovation: Energy Application Focus (LIEAF) seminar designed to encourage innovation with a special emphasis lent to innovation in the areas of energy and conservation.
Dr. Neal Thornberry is the program manager and Faculty Director of the Leading Innovation course in NPS’ Center for Executive Education. In a sea of uncertainty and perhaps cynicism, Thornberry trains top military officials how to think and approach problem solving from an innovative perspective.
Retired Navy captain and NPS alumnus Dr. Roger McGinnis, Sr., has recently been appointed director of Florida State University’s Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS). McGinnis has led an impressive career, both on active duty and beyond, culminating in his selection.
In response to a call to action from the Navy’s Office of Foreign Language, Regional Expertise and Culture, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is currently funneling a select group of officers through a rigorous graduate certificate program in Asia-focused studies.
With the increased importance given to disaster relief operations, Navy leaders are turning to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to solve some of its most complex HADR problems.
At the Naval Postgraduate School, officer students, staff Sailors, and their colleagues from across the services and the classroom, place a priority on making a difference in the local region.
Like any component of the Navy, the Naval Postgraduate School is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history of the installation and the legacy of those who have contributed to the betterment of the institution and armed forces.
NPS’ rich history is evident in a great deal of its infrastructure and design. Menneken Circle, for example, tells an intriguing story of a man whose affinity for research led to the creation of an award to be passed down for generations.
Students and faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) recently completed a three-year effort to lead an unprecedented 18-nation counterterrorism exercise conducted under the auspices of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) states at the Indonesian Peace and Security Center located in Sentul, Indonesia.
In the critical field of cyber operations, the work of an Army officer with little background in computer science has garnered considerable attention from several of the nation’s most respected cyberwarriors.
The Office of the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) has turned to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and its core of operationally-experienced students and expert faculty to directly address some of the most challenging questions facing the sea services today under the umbrella of the Naval Studies program.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and the U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O) have partnered under an initiative to conduct student-led research that will address some of the Marine Corps’ most pressing energy challenges.
The National Science Foundation has awarded NPS Department of Defense Analysis Assistant Professor Dr. Bradley “BJ” Strawser and Department of Computer Science Professor Dr. Neil C. Rowe with a three-year, $500,000 grant to explore the ethics of cyberwarfare.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Research Associate Professor Kevin Jones, along with Professor Isaac Kaminer and Research Associate Professor Vladimir Dobrokhodov, are pushing the limits of what is possible in the realm of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) engineering and development.
A promising new research center at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has been created to encourage research into the emerging field of intelligence integration, often referred to as multi-INT or multiple intelligence.
A team of faculty and researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School Department of Defense Analysis along with the MOVES (Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation) Institute created the GlobalECCO or Global Education and Collaboration Community Online portal which provides access to a wealth of scholarly materials, strategic games and more to the global Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program alumni community.
A unique and diverse mix of Navy officers, senior enlisted and DOD civilians converged upon the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Sept. 23-27, to take part in an intensive weeklong executive education course that seeks to change the Navy’s culture of energy consumption.
An international team of scientists and glaciologists, including NPS' Department of Oceanography Research Professor Tim Stanton, are reaping the data-rich rewards of an exhaustive expedition to the Western Antarctic Ice Shelf’s (WAIS) Pine Island Glacier, where landmark measurements of ocean/ice interactions are beginning to clarify what experts have long called “the biggest source of uncertainty in global sea level projections.”
Retired Navy Capts. and NPS operations research Professors of Practice, Wayne P. Hughes and Jeffrey Kline, took first and second place in the prestigious Hugh G. Nott Prize competition for their contributions to the Naval War College Review this past year.
A recent analysis of lighting lifecycle costs aboard the USNS Comfort, conducted by students at the Naval Postgraduate School, revealed a lighting solution that could save taxpayers up to $6 million in as few as three years.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Professor of Applied Mathematics Dr. Frank Giraldo has been working for several years on a complex weather prediction tool, the Nonhydrostatic Unified Model of the Atmosphere or NUMA, which he and his team members hope will be adopted as the nation’s preeminent multi-agency weather prediction model.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) wrapped up its latest Senior International Defense Management Course (SIDMC) July 19, providing 35 high-ranking military and civilian leaders from 24 nations with an extensive educational experience in managing a department of defense.
U.S. Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Chris Linnel, a student at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), recently applied an NPS-developed application to a massive international nuclear interdiction experiment in the San Francisco Bay.
The Global Information Network Architecture (GINA), an innovative network architecture championed by network specialists at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), was recently utilized in a globe-spanning nuclear interdiction experiment conducted by the NPS Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) experimentation team in Europe and the San Francisco Bay.
An international team of researchers, special forces operators, first responders and scientists led by NPS Department of Information Sciences Associate Professor Alex Bordetsky are conducting globe-spanning experiments designed to detect and destroy ship-borne nuclear threats.
Naval Postgraduate School Interim President Rear Adm. Jan E. Tighe talks information warfare with a group of students and faculty from the NPS Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science on the university campus.
Two NPS research projects received Minerva Initiative funding, the first time faculty from the university will serve as principal investigators on projects funded through the prestigious program.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) welcomed U.S. Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service to keynote its 2013 Spring Graduation ceremony
A small cadre of midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are wrapping-up a weeks-long internship with Naval Postgraduate School Cyber Academic Group (CAG) faculty, June 18.
Dr. Douglas A. Hensler, who began his tenure as 14th provost of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) this week, was introduced to regional media during a press conference, June 5.
Distinguished Professor Dorothy Denning has built a legendary resume in the information security arena, but has spent the last several years examining, and teaching, about the ethical challenges of cyber warfare.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Defense Analysis Professor Anna Simons’ co-authored book, “The Sovereignty Solution” was recently included on the Air Force Chief of Staff’s recommended reading list.
Dr. Bradley Strawser, an Assistant Professor with the NPS Department of Defense Analysis, has written a new book, “Killing by Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military.” The book is a compilation of the works of 10 contributing experts in their respective fields that addresses the many dimensions of unmanned systems, and the role they play in military operations.
NPS Research Assistant Professor of Operations Research, Dr. Emily Craparo, took part in a 2003 NASA summer program as a doctoral student at MIT. Ten years after her team developed their Mars Geophysical Lander mission, they looked back on how closely their proposal resembles the upcoming 2016 NASA InSight mission to Mars.
In response to the growing global interest in high-energy laser (HEL) weapons, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) have collaborated on the Laser Parameter Extraction, Data Comparison and Bistatic Detector Enabled Counter Measures for Directed Energy Weapons.
Physicists at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) are collaborating with researchers at the University of Texas to develop the power supply that will help make ship-born laser weapons a reality on U.S. naval vessels.
U.S. News and World Report recently released its annual rankings of the top graduate schools in the country, and the Naval Postgraduate School’s own Department of Systems Engineering ranked 21st on the list.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Department of Operations Research (OR) was awarded the 2013 UPS George D. Smith Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in a nod to the first OR degree program in the United States.
A global sampling of Naval Postgraduate School alumni are stationed at NATO's International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Robots of every shape, size and purpose dotted the academic quad as the Naval Postgraduate School’s Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) once again hosted their annual Robots in the Roses Research Fair, Apr. 11.
A Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) student, U.S. Army Capt. Joseph Billingsley of Stamford, Conn., is building the military’s first cyber warfare professionals association.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Allen Fuhs, a former chair of both the aeronautics and mechanical engineering departments, will soon become the first NPS faculty member to be name an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), one of the highest honors bestowed in the aerospace profession.
On March 29, on the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) campus in Monterey, Calif., the joint NPS, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) master’s degree in cost estimating and analysis (MCEA) will graduate its very first cohort of 24 students.
Students at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) have spent several months on a series of exercises designed to test the combat and logistical capabilities of the Navy’s newest class of vessels, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) recently reached a program milestone – it signed up its 1,000th member.
As the U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and its Defense Resources Management Institute, are playing a pivotal role in partnering with NATO on the Building Integrity (BI) program. The BI effort, established in 2007, seeks to empower developing nations across the world with the skills, knowledge and tools to build efficient, corruption-free defense institutions.
A return trip by to Antarctica by a team of Naval Postgraduate School researchers is yielding previously unseen data on one of the Western Antarctic Ice Shelf ‘s most rapidly melting glaciers.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Professor of Systems Engineering (SE), Dr. Dave Olwell, and his colleague, Stevens Institute of Technology Distinguished Research Professor Dr. Art Pyster, earned “Product of the Year” honors from the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) during a ceremony held in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 26-29.
NPS Department of National Security Affairs Assistant Professor Victoria Clement was recently granted unprecedented access to the Turkmen National Archives for her studies into the relationship between language, power and education in Central Asia.
Republic of Korea (ROK) Army Maj. Gen. Inbum Chun, combined forces command deputy chief of staff, traveled to the Naval Postgraduate School in late January to look into recent developments in civil affairs education at the university’s Graduate School of Business and Public Policy.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s long history in Free Electron Laser research reached another milestone late last year when the team achieved the first successful acceleration of an electron beam in a superconducting spoke cavity.
Faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) are advancing the university’s education and research into the operational and strategic complexities of the near-shore environment with the establishment of the Littoral Operations Center (LOC).
Naval Postgraduate School Department of National Security Affairs Assistant Professor Sophal Ear's latest book, “Aid Dependence in Cambodia,” challenges traditional international aid practices in Cambodia.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan M. Garcia returned to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for his second round of meetings with local community business and education leaders, Jan. 9.
Naval Postgraduate School Mechanical Engineering student Lt. Ryan Hilger's paper, “Spurring Innovation at the Deckplate Level in the Submarine Force,” earned him the Naval Submarine League's Fleet Literary Award for Best Article by an Active Duty Author.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) honored some 298 students earning 330 advanced graduate degrees during NPS’ Fall Graduation ceremony in King Auditorium, Dec. 14.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) welcomed its two newest inductees into the university’s prestigious Hall of Fame during a formal ceremony in Herrmann Hall, Nov. 30. Interim President Rear Adm. Jan Tighe presided over the event, enshrining retired Adm. Eric Olson and retired Marine Corps Col. Walt Havenstein as the latest graduates to receive the distinguished honor.
Retired Rear Adm. and NPS graduate Dr. David Titley applies his educational and Navy career experiences leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as Deputy Under Secretary for Operations.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) faculty at the Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) recently conducted a Domestic Finance for Development (DF4D) workshop in Brasilia, Brazil.
What was once a powerful advantage for the United States began to lose prominence with the end of the Cold War. But domination in the underwater domain is back to the forefront, and NPS’ 40 years in USW education is paying off now more than ever.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Senior Lecturer E. Cory Yoder recently co-authored the fourth edition of the Defense Contingency Contracting Handbook (DCCHB).
A joint educational effort between the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) celebrated the completion its first cohort of students in the cost estimating and analysis certificate program.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) researchers, military commanders and service members recently came together during a California Air National Guard personnel recovery exercise – sponsored by the 129th Rescue Wing – during which participants evaluated what has been called, “the premiere disruptional technology of the decade.”
NPS Distinguished Professor Donald Gaver has been awarded the 2012 Military Applications Society of INFORMS J. Steinhardt Prize. The award recognizes individuals for lifetime achievements in the field of operations research (OR), and was presented during the INFORMS Annual Meeting, Oct. 15 in Phoenix, Az.
In a nod to the dedication and influence of one of the Naval Postgraduate School’s exceptional faculty, NPS Department of Defense Analysis (DA) Distinguished Professor, Dr. Dorothy Denning, has been inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame’s first class.
NPS Assistant Professor Bradley Strawser recently joined the defense analysis department, bringing with him a background in philosophy and ethics that will challenge students to explore the ethical implications of war.
Naval Postgraduate School's Stability, Security and Development in Complex Operations (SSDCO) program is a graduate certificate program designed to expose civil affairs, psychological operations and legal specialists to advanced legal, socio-political and behavioral concepts.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) newest academic center, the Center for Materials Research, aims to meet the materials challenges of a modern naval force.
An NPS team of researchers is helping the Navy test drop-in biofuel blends in an effort to assist the service in meeting its renewable energy goals.
Naval Postgraduate School international students and university researchers are utilizing UAV flight algorithms to operate multiple unmanned aircraft in congested environments.
NPS Applied Mathematics Professor Frank Giraldo and a team of researchers, students and interns have worked tirelessly for the last three years to provide what could be the best possible model for weather prediction yet.
Students and faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) have begun working on a Semi-Solid Flow Cell (SSFC) battery, which they believe has the potential to radically change the way the military powers everything from forward operating bases in Afghanistan to warships at sea.
NPS students have completed a study representing a first-order analysis of the unmanned surface vessel (USV) of the future
During a recent visit to campus, NPS alumnus Adm. William McRaven, head of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), presented defense analysis Professor Dr. Gordon McCormick with the USSOCOM Medal.
NPS Emeritus Professor Dr. Oscar Biblarz co-authored "Rocket Propulsion Elements," 8th Edition with George P. Sutton, who has been publishing the work since 1949.
NPS operations research student Lt. Matt Yokeley and Associate Professor Nita Shattuck are on a mission to help Sailors at sea get the rest they need to optimally perform their duties. They spent four weeks at sea conducting sleep tests to prove the value of a revised watch bill, dubbed the NPS Optimized Watchstanding (NOW) Schedule, that allows for a more regular sleep schedule.
NPS researchers are part of an effort to determine how hurricanes form, and what factors contribute to their intensity. An NPS team will soon be stationed at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility, where two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft will be used to gather meteorological data from 50,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean.
At NPS, students and faculty from across departments apply their expertise to solving real-world defense challenges, but are joined in their efforts by roughly two dozen top young scientists from around the world and across disciplines. These bright young minds come to NPS via the National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Program, and are selected to join various departments across campus providing invaluable support to diverse research efforts.
NPS Assistant Professor of Operations Research Dr. Ned Dimitrov, receives a EUCOM Certificate of Appreciation.
After nearly 10 years in the same spot at Naval Base San Diego, the Naval Postgraduate School’s San Diego Distributed Programs Office (DPO) will be moving to a new location across base – the facility opened for classes and business as usual, July 5.
A day of perfect weather welcomed family and friends of this quarter’s graduates to the NPS campus for the Spring 2012 Graduation ceremony in King Auditorium, June 15.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) hosted its second annual Robots in the Roses Research Fair in the grounds of the rose garden on campus, May 10.
NPS Oceanography Department Professor and Chair, Dr. Jeffrey Paduan, has been selected to serve as the new Vice President and Dean of Research, effective July 2. Paduan will be taking over for the current Interim Vice President and Dean of Research, Dr. Douglas Fouts, who has held the position since January.
Adm. Cecil Haney receives Naval Postgraduate School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award during the university’s annual submarine birthday ball.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Simulation, Experiments and Efficient Design (SEED) Center for Data Farming hosted the 24th International Data Farming Workshop (IDFW),
NPS Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Leonard Ferrari and Chair of Systemic Strategy and Complexity Navy Capt. Wayne Porter will soon join a prestigious group of American citizens when they are each honored with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor during an upcoming ceremony, May 12.
NPS business school lecturer helps build youth with leadership skills program
Distinguished Professor Dr. Nancy Haegel was recently awarded a Fulbright scholar award for research and lecturing for her work in near-field scanning optical microscopy.
NPS hosts Multilateral Cooperation on Nonproliferation Workshop presented by NPS' Center on Contemporary Conflict Mar. 30
Andrea Davis, a reference and instruction librarian at NPS’ Dudley Knox Library, was named a 2012 “Mover and Shaker” by prominent library magazine, “Library Journal.”
Retired Navy Capt. Paul Shemella, a program manager with the Center for Civil-Military Relations at NPS, launches book he edited, compiling the strategies evolved through near 10 years of the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s Dudley Knox Library has launched an online institutional archive for Beta testing and plans to go live with the site, Apr. 2
The recently established cyber academic group will provide broad base of expertise in guiding NPS’ new Cyber Systems and Operations master’s degree program.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC) is now home to the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC).
NPS Distinguished Professor of National Security Affairs, Dr. Thomas Bruneau, recently authored, “Patriots for Profit: Contractors and the Military in U.S. National Security” and co-authored, “Maras: Gang Violence and Security in Central America.” Both works provide detailed insights into two distinct and very current challenges facing U.S. national defense and security interests.
The Remote Sensing Intelligence (RSI) master’s degree program is the newest addition to NPS' academic lineup. The fast-paced program provides students with a comprehensive education in remote sensing, and prepares them for jobs in critical national security fields.
Like something from a sci-fi movie, researchers at NPS are looking at using carbon nanotubes to propel satellites in space. Recent NPS Space Systems Engineering (SSE) graduate Lt. Paul Camp explored the technology in his thesis, designing and building a field ionization test chamber for the nanotubes to be tested for propulsion.
Naval Postgraduate School leaders, students and guests gathered on the roof of Spanagel Hall, Jan. 11, to welcome two new unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to the university’s research community, and to celebrate the establishment of the new Sea Web and Wave Glider Laboratory.
NPS faculty look into expanding the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in defensive missions.
Retired Navy Capt. and longtime NPS faculty member Wayne Hughes encouraged Graduates during the Fall Quarter graduation ceremonies in King Auditorium.
NPS Senior Lecturer, Jeff Kline, recently saw years of research pay off in a big way when he received a U.S. Government patent for an idea sparked 20 years ago when he applied his NPS Operations Research (OR) education while a ship’s Commanding Officer in the fleet.
National Security Affairs Associate Professor J. Clay Moltz explores Asia’s space programs and the dangers of a growing militarization of the space race in his most recent book, “Asia’s Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks,” published by Columbia University Press in November.
On December 9, Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith will officially take command at Navy Region Southwest headquartered in San Diego, Calif. Several weeks before that, he spent an intense three days a few hundred miles up California’s coast at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
A team of NPS oceanographers is braving six weeks of frigid temperatures and gusty winds in Antarctica for the research opportunity of a lifetime.
Associate Prof. Andy Hernandez believes that coming back to Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) was the best decision and the best fit for what he says is important work, teaching future leaders in the Systems Engineering Department.
A diverse group thought leaders from education, non-governmental organizations, government and military joined officials from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif., for the Transformative Education Forum, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2.
On Nov. 4, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno visited the Naval Postgraduate School to learn firsthand about the education and research programs underway at the university.
the Naval Postgraduate School's Cebrowski Institute has been actively developing a comprehensive program to promote computer science (CS) in diverse age groups and communities.
A new and promising partnership between NPS and India’s peer defense institutions has emerged in response to U.S. leaders calling for collaboration between the two countries. Last year, President Barack Obama recognized India as a growing global force, and a U.S. ally in meeting the challenges of the future.
Up and down the coast, a network of transmitters and receivers that is the largest-of-its-kind in the world dot the beaches of California, silently reflecting high-frequency radio waves off of the surface of the water to help researchers map local currents. At the Naval Postgraduate School, faculty and students help maintain nine of the 54 observing stations throughout the state, and utilize the data gathered to provide a map of the current patterns along the West Coast.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has established the new Center for Decision, Risk, Controls and Signals Intelligence (DRCSI) as part of an effort by the university and DoD to promote advanced mathematical research to meet and overcome the technological challenges of the future.
The Department of Defense’s Information Operations Center for Excellence, located at the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Army Reserve Information Operations Command joined together as co-chairs for the inaugural Cyber Endeavour Conference, to explore the concept of “A Day Without Cyberspace … The Users’ Perspective.”
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) held its summer graduation ceremony to a packed auditorium of friends, family, faculty, and a large class of 377 graduates, in King Auditorium, Sept. 23.
Prominent military strategists have stressed that prevention of conflict is equally as valued as victory in conflict. The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard’s very own “Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower” clearly states, “preventing wars is as important as winning wars.” The concept of prevention, however, is difficult to transition from strategy into action. In support of this effort, the Global Public Policy Academic Group (GPPAG) recently held a Prevention Regimes and Strategies Workshop on the NPS campus – three days of dialogue and discourse on the tactics and challenges of implementing prevention strategies.
Cmdr. Jay Foraker is less than a month away from receiving his Ph.D. in Operations Research (OR), but his studies in optimal search patterns may not be coming to a close. In fact, it may soon become part of a much larger Office of Naval Research project with OR faculty and future students continuing the effort.
NPS researchers are frequently involved in emergency response and homeland security research projects, looking to assist in disaster response and prevention efforts worldwide. One such program looks to give students a testbed for their theses as well as a chance to connect with emergency response personnel, the Research and Experimentation for Local and International Emergency and First Responders (RELIEF) program.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Professor of Systems Engineering, Dr. David H. Olwell, was recently named a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE). The ACE Fellowship Program is a yearlong higher education professional development program that prepares academic leaders to transition into senior leadership positions in American colleges and universities.
Students in the Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management - Product Development Leadership Education for the 21st Century (SEM-PD21) Degree Program, an interdisciplinary leadership program designed for senior engineering and technical professionals, recently attended the INCOSE International Symposium in Denver, Colo.
Since late 2010, the “Arab Spring" has brought the spotlight of the world onto North African and Middle Eastern countries in the thick of political protests and countrywide unrest. For Libya, the tensions have reached beyond a critical mass, with clashes between rebels and dwindling forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi leading to, as of Aug. 23, the now fugitive former Libyan dictator disappearing and on the run.
Attendees at the Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security (CETMONS) gathered for a three-day workshop titled “Ethics and Warfighting Technologies,” held at the nearby Marriott Hotel in Monterey from August 2-4.
Since 1989, the Naval Postgraduate School has been actively involved in developing the FEL, with the support of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), capitalizing on the expertise of NPS students and faculty through active discovery in FEL theory and simulation.
Modeling, Simulation Experts Gather at NPS for 11th Annual MOVES Summit
Pacific Partnership 2011 (PP11) Team Mission Commander, and NPS Alumnus, Capt. Jesse Wilson reflects on the U.S. Pacific Fleet-sponsored humanitarian assistance mission.
E. Cory Yoder, received the Admiral John Jay Schieffelin Award for Excellence in Teaching.
NPS Professor receives the SCEA 2011 Service to the Society National Award.
Retired Rear Adm. David R. Oliver, Jr., delivered a message of inspiration and change with his keynote address during the Spring Quarter 2011 graduation ceremonies, June 17, in King Auditorium.
Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Center for Executive Education (CEE) is having a far-reaching influence on Navy senior leader development.
NPS' Regional Security Education Program (RSEP) brings the experts directly to the fleet, working with the Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (CLREC) to offer briefings on the regions to which the Strike Groups will be deploying.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) honored former Senator John Warner with an honorary Doctor of Military Science degree, May 25.
Acquisition leaders and professionals gathered at the Embassy Suites in Monterey for the 8th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, May 11-12.
The Foreign Area Officer Association of Monterey (FAOAM) hosted the fifth annual Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Conference at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) early last month.
Cosmologists and astrophysicists recently came to the astounding realization that the expansion of space-time is accelerating and that everything we can see and measure in the universe accounts for only 4 percent of it.
The first cohort of a jointly developed and jointly instructed, part-time distance learning Master’s Degree in Cost Estimating and Analysis (MCEA) program got underway this quarter at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
NPS Associate Professor James Russell publishes new book, “Innovation, Transformation and War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005-2007”.
CHDS Executive Director Ted Lewis examines infrastructure resilience through Danish physicist Par Bak’s sand pile theory in a recently released book, "Bak’s Sand Pile: Strategies for a Catastrophic World."
The Center for Infrastructure Defense (CID) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) routinely studies vulnerability assessment and optimal investment for CID systems.
Naval Postgraduate School’s Simulation, Experiments and Efficient Design (SEED) Center for Data Farming hosted the International Data Farming Workshop 22.
The Naval Postgraduate School just received the highest possible ten-year reaccreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), for the second consecutive term.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead inspired graduates from all the military services and nine allied and coalition partner nations during his keynote address at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Winter 2011 commencement ceremonies, Mar. 25.
NPS presented the 2011 Richard W. Hamming Annual Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement to Dr. Ronald E. Brown, Research Professor of Physics.
NPS Littoral Capstone Field Project Uses Unmanned Systems to Map Tidal Inlet Flows.
The Naval Postgraduate School has commissioned the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER).
Prof. Alex Bordetsky has pushed the envelope of network-controlled, stand-off nuclear radiological threat detection through a unique program of Tactical Network Topology (TNT) Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) field experiments.
NPS alumnus Rear Adm. David Simpson met with a group of faculty from to discuss needs and the expectations that the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has for members of the Information Dominance Corps (IDC).
NPS Professor Bret Michael was awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Reliability Society’s 2010 Engineer of the Year Award at their annual awards banquet on January 22 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
As part of NPS’ Tactical Network Test-bed (TNT), tests are being conducted to develop networked-controlled, unmanned systems to assist medics in delivering medical assistance to casualties in the battlefield.
Supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, PREDICT researchers believe they have uncovered a critical piece of the complex jigsaw puzzle of tropical cyclogenesis.
Three hundred fifty three U.S. and international students tossed their caps, with 282 crossing the stage, at Fall 2010 graduation ceremonies at the Naval Postgraduate School, Dec. 17.
NPS Research Associate Mark Karpenko and Professor Mike Ross were recently afforded a unique opportunity – to test groundbreaking maneuvers on NASA’s solar surveyor, the Transitional Regional and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) spacecraft. Teaming up with NASA and industry, they tested new methods of maneuvering that take advantage of the physics of a spacecraft in orbit. The demonstrations proved successful, slewing TRACE as it was never intended to. As the work continues, the effort has the potential to wholly transform industry standards.
Dr. Johannes O. Royset, Assistant Professor of Operations Research, was named the 2010 winner of the Carl E. and Jessie W. Menneken Faculty Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, announced November 22.
Sophal Ear, an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), was recently awarded a Fulbright grant in conjunction with the Fulbright Senior Specialist designation he received earlier this year.
For decades Naval Postgraduate School professor Chih-Pei “C.P.” Chang, the Chair of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Monsoon Panel, has been quietly pursuing both world class research and “meteorology diplomacy” in a climate of tense and acrimonious relations between Taiwan and China
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in a joint effort with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), recently launched a part-time, Distance Learning Master’s Degree in Cost Estimation and Analysis (MCEA).
Two Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) faculty were selected as this year’s recipients of the J. Steinhardt prize by the Military Applications Society (MAS) of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
Faculty from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) traveled to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this past September to conduct the workshop, “Building Integrity in Defense Acquisition”.
University Librarian Eleanor Uhlinger was named Federal Librarian of the Year on Oct. 6 at a ceremony held in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress. Uhlinger joined NPS in 2006, and has overseen numerous renovation and improvement projects in her time at the Dudley Knox Library (DKL). The DKL collection includes 725,000 volumes, including 126,000 e-books, to serve the NPS and local communities.
On Sept. 18, NPS alumnus Air Force Maj. Christopher McClernon accepted the prestigious Alphonse Chapanis Best Student Paper Award at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Conference in San Francisco.
Students in the Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management – Product Development Leadership Education for the 21st Century (SEM-PD21) degree program, an interdisciplinary leadership program designed for senior engineering and technical professionals, recently participated in a week of industry visits in Hawaii.
Researchers from governments, militaries, weather agencies and universities around the world are participating in an Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Taiwan National Science Council sponsored research project focused on learning more about the Pacific Ocean’s response to typhoons. The Impact of Typhoons on the Ocean in the Pacific, or ITOP study, is a collaborative, international effort headquartered at the Monterey Operations Center (MOC) on the Naval Postgraduate School campus, where researchers have been continuously tracking storms over the past several weeks.
Six members of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) faculty were recognized as Distinguished Professors during the summer quarter graduation ceremony in King Auditorium, Sept. 24, 2010.
Fifteen years ago, a young Nepalese boy named Dhyan Rai took a lantern to an American couple trekking through the Himalayan village where he went to school, hoping to learn more English and offering to help them with their Nepalese. Rai is now a proud new American citizen, a registered nurse and an officer in the U.S. Navy, thanks to the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program.
Electrical Engineering Student Capt. Brandon Newell, USMC, focuses research on alternative energy and meeting the demand for the warfighter overseas.
GSBPP Associate Professor Rene Rendon has been named the 2010 Richard W. Hamming Teaching Award winner.
NPS educators contribute to Navy's development and application of several space systems, providing warfighters with a wide range of advanced capabilities in critical areas.
NPS Professors Isaac “Mike” Ross and Fariba Fahroo were presented with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Mechanics and Control of Flight (MCF) Award for their research in optimal control theory.
NPS Team Wins AIAA Young Professional Rocket Launch Competition at Koehn Lake.
Naval Postgraduate School Professor of National Security Affairs Thomas Johnson has been tapped to be the senior political aide and counterinsurgency adviser to Canadian Brig. Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canadian commander of Task Force Kandahar.
The Naval Postgraduate School is on the cutting edge of through-water acoustic communications technology enabling distributed autonomous ocean sensors to operate as an underwater wireless wide-area network.
The Undersea Warfare Academic Group (USWAG) was established to create a curriculum focused on an interdisciplinary approach to Undersea Warfare in a way that would prepare naval officers for the challenges of the time. The group downgraded to a committee in 2001 after it seemed the end of the Cold War also meant the end of sub-sea threats against the U.S.
A new book, edited by two Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) professors, explores the idea that alternatives to the rule of sovereign states could be beneficial and, at times, inevitable. In Ungoverned Spaces: Alternatives to State Authority in an Era of Softened Sovereignty, Anne Clunan, Director of the Center on Contemporary Conflict, and Harold Trinkunas, Chair of the National Security Affairs department, explore existing ideas about what constitutes an ungoverned space, what threats arise from these areas and how states should approach them.
In an age of information overload, students and faculty at NPS are working on eliminating the excess and providing only the most valuable information to Marines in the field. A project known as Valued Information at the Right Time, or VIRT, aims to sift through the constant flow of information streaming to decision makers in order to identify mission-critical information.
As NPS continually strives to improve instruction and assessments, the emphasis is primarily on learning – refining outcomes for what students must know and how students and faculty alike can assess and validate learning. Establishing and maintaining high standards for academic programs requires reflection about the goals and purposes of instruction as well as the approaches to teaching, learning, and assessments. An important indicator of educational excellence at NPS is observable through learner engagement.
What made Spring 2010 graduation so special was the unprecedented week of pre-commencement activities celebrating the life and achievements of applied information theory and digital communications engineering giant, the late Dr. Jack Wozencraft.
The prototype of a new smart phone application, called Field Information Support Tool (FIST) Light, was developed by two NPS students
As part of the continuing research collaboration between the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, students and faculty conducted experiments with a self-guided precision airdrop prototype during the Tactical Network Topology (TNT) experiments at the McMillan Airfield in Camp Roberts, Calif. in April 2010.
The Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) hosted 33 members of Iraq’s government and military at NPS May 3rd through May 21 for an intensive three-week course tailored specifically to Iraqi Ministries. Iraq’s Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Defense each had participants in the course, from unranked civilians through general officers, male and female, from economists to engineers.
This year, the 27th Annual Technology Review and Update gave military, government and civilian personnel from around the country a chance to stay up-to-date on key defense technologies, many of which are being studied currently on campus. TRAU started as an annual event in 1983 with NPS Professor Rudy Panholzer putting every effort into creating a way for government professionals to keep abreast of the latest developments in technology.
Three Naval Postgraduate School faculty members have been selected to receive prestigious Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Awards for fiscal year 2010: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Distinguished Professor, MAE Department Associate Chairman and Director of the NPS Spacecraft Research and Design Center Brij Agrawal; Professor of Oceanography and Director of the NPS Coastal Ocean-Acoustic Center Ching-Sang Chiu; and Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS) Research Associate Professor and Chief Scientist Haflidi “Haf” Jonsson.
Research Associate Professor Bob Bluth and Radar/EW Lab Director Paul Buczynski are true tornado chasers, spending the last week in Oklahoma with NPS’ Mobile Phased Array Radar truck to track and record one of nature’s most deadly forces. The team returned to campus late this week while the weather died down, but project to return in another week when forecasted severe weather systems return.
Naval Postgraduate School Distinguished Professor Nancy Haegel was one of 21 Monterey Peninsula teachers to receive the 2010 Allen S. Griffin Award for Excellence in Teaching, honored for her positive influence on students and educators as well as community service.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) took top honors in the 10th annual National Security Agency (NSA) sponsored Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) conducted April 20-23. Although NPS was ineligible to receive the trophy because of its status as a graduate institution, the university won the competition by placing first in the overall rankings for the exercise.
In surf zones near the Naval Postgraduate School and around the world, NPS Oceanography Assistant Professor Jamie MacMahan is quietly revolutionizing the understanding of rip currents, turning them from a swimmer’s worst nightmare into a friend.
The Global Commons are those areas that are used by multiple nations and private industries, and yet are not controlled by any single nation or private entity. They include international waters, international airspace, cyberspace and outer space. Since so many different actors operate within these shared spaces, including the U.S. military and its allies, regulation and protection of these areas becomes extremely complex.
Retired Navy Capt. Scott Jasper, a faculty member at the Center for Civil-Military Relations and the National Security Affairs department at NPS, recently edited a book that examines these complexities, titled Securing Freedom in the Global Commons. The book, released March 15 by Stanford University Press, is Jasper’s second.
At the request of Chief of Naval Research Admiral Nevin P. Carr, the Naval Postgraduate School Operations Research (OR) Department conducted the first OR Workshop for the Chilean Navy, in Valparaiso.
NPS Hastily-Formed Networks Research Group Responds to Haiti Earthquake
By Barbara Honegger
The Navy unveiled its new slogan, “A Global Force for Good,” at the end of last year, and was immediately given the chance to prove it. The powerfully-devastating earthquake that hit the poor island nation of Haiti on Jan. 12 led to a swift Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) response by all of the services. And one of the players at the civil-military boundary in that effort – serving as a bridge between on-the-ground medical personnel, the USNS Comfort hospital ship, and the international non-governmental organization (NGO) community – was the Naval Postgraduate School’s rapid response wireless communications team.
The seven-member NPS Hastily Formed Networks (HFN) team, led by its director and Information Sciences Research Associate retired Navy Lt. Brian Steckler, left Monterey for the island nation Jan. 18 after a hurried three days pulling together the orders, funding and equipment for the mission.
Agriculture and the empowerment that comes with self-reliance allow conflict-affected environments around the world to rebuild economic foundations and establish lasting resources. From March 22-25, the Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies (CSRS) at the Naval Postgraduate School hosted a workshop titled “Agriculture: Promoting Livelihoods in Conflict-Affected Environments” to discuss key components of conflict-affected agricultural reconstruction in countries like Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya and Afghanistan.
Professor Mary Batteen of the Department of Oceanography recently participated in the latest session of the Oxford Round Table, a prestigious, invitation only event to promote various issues of education, art, science and more through academic discourse and scholarly publication.
This latest session, held March 14-19 on the classic university’s campus in Oxford, England, focused on “Women in the Academy: Status and Prospects,” discussing the issues of gender equality in the academic establishment.
A professor, two current students and one alumnus from the Physics Department of the Naval Postgraduate School were recently afforded a great opportunity – to perform field experiments with a device they have developed that could mean the difference between life and death for troops during combat situations. The experiments were part of the international Cobra Gold exercises held in Thailand in early February.
A critical part of an education in engineering is the laboratory experience, especially at the graduate level. In fact, most of the courses in the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department include laboratory hours involving various experiments in data analysis or hardware implementation, for example.
But for distance learning (DL) students, access to laboratories and equipment was clearly a challenge given the student’s separation from campus. That is until Professor Roberto Cristi engaged NPS’ Center for Design, Development and Distribution (CED3) during their 2009 call for course proposals.
Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Rachel Goshorn officially became the Naval Postgraduate School’s first Command, Control Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Chair at a special signing ceremony with NPS President Daniel Oliver, Jan. 25. Goshorn also serves as faculty lead for the Network-Centric Systems Engineering Track and Director of the university’s Network-Centric Systems Engineering Laboratory.
When you think about clouds, you normally think of billowy white formations in the atmosphere, but the Naval Postgraduate School has opened a new “Cloud” center that’s all about computing, not meteorology.
“The Cloud Computing Lab became functional early this year and several students are structuring their thesis research using its virtualization infrastructure, hardware and software for their experiments and proofs of concept,” said Information Sciences Lecturer Albert “Buddy” Barreto.
The May 2004 U.S. State Department designation of NPS as the United States’ Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), the only such center in the country. The USPTC acts as America’s contribution to NATO’s Education for Reform Initiative, Partnership for Peace Program (PfP), and the NATO Defense Institution Building efforts. An outcome of its 50th Anniversary Summit, NATO has been establishing PTCs since 1999 as a part of its Training and Education Enhancement Program, determining that a “network of national facilities – made available to all PfP countries — should emerge as part of a collaborative approach to training and education.”
Prof. James Russell traveled to Afghanistan in search of innovative answers to insurgency woes and in the process met up with his former student Capt. Bobby Davis.
The inaugural program, “Global Challenges: Leadership and Cooperation in Complex Environments,” was held from 15-20 November at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), in Geneva, Switzerland.
A prime goal of post-9/11 homeland defense is information sharing across military services and government departments and agencies. Now, a new initiative by the Naval Postgraduate School is capturing and integrating the expertise and knowledge of the private sector shipping and sea tourism industries to enhance national and global maritime domain awareness (MDA) and security.
The new program, the NPS Maritime Information Sharing Taskforce (MIST), conducts interviews and surveys and facilitates port workshops linking commercial shippers and port operators with representatives of the Navy, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security and federal, state and local governments. Its core mission is to establish a two-way communication and active partnership between the government and the maritime industry.
A Naval Postgraduate School faculty-student team has developed a mathematical model that determines the best combination and deployment of search platforms to detect and classify self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) mini-subs that are estimated to carry up to 75 percent of all Colombian cocaine destined for the United States.
As part of its ongoing Centennial Year celebrations, the Naval Postgraduate School’s Information Technology and Communications Services (ITACS) hosted a rich spectrum of educational events throughout October in recognition of the sixth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
”Are we faced with something unique in Afghanistan, something that challenges our entire strategic paradigm?”
That question, posed by NPS Defense Analysis Professor John Arquilla, challenges fundamental assumptions in the wide-spread discussions on Afghanistan today. Such challenges were frequent during a recent Afghan Theatre Security Strategies conference, an intimate brainstorming session that brought together top academics, policy experts and development strategists to bring new ideas and approaches to the table.
Throughout the history of military service, there are few, perhaps only a handful of discoveries and new inventions that completely changed the way forces operate, strategically and operationally. When the musket became part of the infantryman’s standard issue, common sense dictates what impact it had on the sword. As cruise missiles became an integral part of the naval fleet, strategies and concepts of operations of how a ship can support conflict completely changed. Delivering energy fast, accurately, and at a safe distance has been a continuing theme in weapons development.
Only days before Lt. Gen. McChrystal released his strategic reassessment of the war in Afghanistan, the about-to-be commander of NATO’s task force in Kandahar -- ground zero for the fight against the Taliban -- was at the Naval Postgraduate School for three days of intensive briefs from faculty members freshly returned from the country and other top experts on Afghan culture and counterinsurgency.
The Naval Postgraduate School Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulations (MOVES) Institute opened its doors to envelope bursting virtual warriors from the military, defense industry and academe at its 9th Annual MOVES Research Summit.
It all started as an effort to provide affordable network resources to research universities. Four professors from different universities, including NPS computer science department Chair Peter Denning, fervently believed that the quality of their education would multiply manyfold if all the CS departments were connected. Little did they know it at the time, but the result of their efforts, the Computer Science Network or CSNET, would prove to be one of the first building blocks to what is now the modern-day Internet.
The Naval Postgraduate School has launched a new distance learning (DL) certificate program in Human Systems Integration (HSI) open to all federal government personnel – U.S. civilians, Department of Defense contractors, and officer and enlisted military -- as well as international students.
Doctoral students from the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) enhance their research studies by taking Introduction to Doctoral Research (EC 4000), a seminar course that promotes excellence in research while cultivating interaction between students and faculty.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Mobile Phased Array Weather Radar (MWR-05XP) recently completed a six-week deployment to the Great Plains in support of VORTEX2, the largest, most comprehensive tornado field experiment ever conducted.
The Naval Postgraduate School tapped a true in-house dignitary, Professor of Public Policy and former Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy Douglas Brook, to give the keynote address at spring commencement exercises, June 19.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) students, faculty and staff were recognized for their outstanding research and academic excellence at the Spring 2009 Awards Ceremony June 9.
The Navy has tapped the Naval Postgraduate School to be the Operational Test Agent (OTA) for a new “tunable” multi-mission-capable, multi-sensor reconnaissance and surveillance system that could drastically cut costs while revolutionizing the way the military identifies and tracks targets on land and at sea.
Dr. Paul Noble Stockton, former Associate Provost at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), was confirmed on May 18, 2009 by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs.
Chairman of the Naval Postgraduate School Operations Research Department has passed the leadership baton.
NPS Center for Civil Military Relations and National Security Affairs Lecturer retired Navy Capt. Scott Jasper discusses the pioneering anthology he edited, Transforming Defense Capabilities: New Approaches for International Security.
Battlefield medical -- Discovery into this new field and the technologies that make it possible are just one of several applications researched through the Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation, or CENETIX.
Recently, NPS Prof. John Arquilla gave a thought provoking Irregular Warfare primer as part of opening remarks to the Consortium for Complex Operations Workshop.
Former NASA Astronaut and Naval Postgraduate School Professor of Space Systems James Newman returned to the stars Nov. 19, when he was inducted into the California Astronaut Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in Los Angeles during the city's Air Force Week.
The late Vice Adm. Thomas Hughes, a Naval Postgraduate School Distinguished Alumnus who passed away Jan. 13, served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor, Conrad Chair for Financial Management and Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Business before retiring from the school in 2007.
A Naval Postgraduate School faculty-student team has burst out of the block in the new Space Race to create a mini-satellite "coach class to orbit" with its revolutionary new CubeSat Launcher (NPSCuL).
US SOCOM Recognizes Netzer's Contributions in Developing Tactical Networks
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Brij Agrawal -- a world leader in satellite communications, relay mirror spacecraft and adaptive space optics -- has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the highest distinction conferred by the global professional society.
Operations Research Professor Lt. Col. Lee Ewing spent much of 2008 working for the Commander's Initiative Group in Iraq, had an opportunity to present the team's research efforts to Gen. David Petraeus, then commanding general of Multi-National Force-Iraq.
For 43 years, the Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) at the Naval Postgraduate School has helped partner nations get more bang for their defense dollar.