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18th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium

Date: May 11, 2021 to May 13, 2021
Location: Online

Every May, the Acquisition Research Program (ARP) hosts this research-focused forum to connect scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. Attendees come from around the world; about half are Naval Postgraduate School faculty and graduate students engaged in acquisition-related research. Senior acquisition officials from the Departments of Defense and the U.S. Navy serve as panel chairs and present their critiques and comments on research papers and priorities.

This year’s keynote speakers are Ms. Stacy Cummings, Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment; Vice Admiral Jon A. Hill, USN, Director of Missile Defense Agency; and Mr. Frederick J. (Jay) Stefany, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition.

To view the program and register, visit the symposium homepage.

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NPS Students’ Big Idea Exchange 2021 (BIX21)

Date: May 14, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Online

The Big Ideas Exchange (BIX) is an NPS initiative that brings forward new and potentially game-changing thinking developed by NPS students to address grand challenges in American national security. These fresh approaches can become the lifeblood of future innovations in military and naval organization, doctrine, and strategy. They reflect and augment larger changes emerging in the world from recent technological advances.

This year, BIX21 will be held in Reed Hall to a panel of Senior Leaders and Mentors via a COVID-safe format and live streamed out to an open audience. We anticipate six to eight big ideas to present this year to a panel of senior leaders and mentors that are representative of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the joint force, academia, and civilian technology sector.  

To stay connected or view previous year’s presentations, please visit

JIFX 21-3

Date: May 24, 2021 to May 28, 2021
Location: Online, Camp Roberts

The JIFX program exists to provide an opportunity for NPS faculty, students, private companies, and academia to demonstrate and evaluate new technologies related to the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense research in an operational field environment, and also to provide the operational community the opportunity to experiment with these technologies to better understand the capabilities that they may represent.

For more on this event, please visit JIFX 21-3

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V-SGL with Rear Admiral Selby

Date: May 25, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Online

Rear Admiral Lorin C. Selby, U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Research

Lecture Topic: Re-Imagining the Future Force

Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby is the 26th Chief of Naval Research and commander of the Naval Research Enterprise, which includes the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Research LaboratoryONR-Global and PMR-51. Selby graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering and earned his commission through the Navy’s Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He also holds a Master of Science in nuclear engineering and a Nuclear Engineer degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Mine Technology Symposium

Date: May 25, 2021 to May 27, 2021
Location: Virtual

This event is Jointly Sponsored by the Mine Warfare Association and the Naval Postgraduate School. Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of the Association, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or the Naval Postgraduate School.

The International Mine Warfare Technology Symposium series is the only Navy-sponsored event solely focused on naval mine warfare and associated technologies and is only held every other year. As with past symposia, this conference will be unclassified with foreign participation expected and welcome.

Naval and Industry plenary speakers will address a broad range of topics including the current status and future requirements of mine warfare technology. Break-out sessions will showcase basic scientific and emerging technology research with applications to the undersea environment and specialized sessions focused on Littoral Combat Ship-centric mine warfare, advanced undersea warfare systems, unmanned systems, and associated technologies, mine warfare applications in Maritime Homeland Defense, environmental research and developments, operational data flow and communications, and other related areas.

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Memorial Day

Date: May 31, 2021

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

For more on this holiday and others, please visit OPM.GOV.

Navy Life at Home

Date: May 31, 2021

Stay busy, healthy and safe while at home with Navy Life At Home! Resources including virtual counseling, virtual tours, educational tools for the kids, and much more!

Although our facilities are closed, Fleet and Family Readiness Support Programs are far from closed to helping our customers adjust to their new normal.  Our team of professionals have come up with genius proof ideas to keep yourself, family and loved ones safe and resilient.  We challenge you to keep busy while at home.

Please visit NavyLifeSW online for more.

Spring Quarter Graduation Ceremony

Date: June 18, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.

The Naval Postgraduate School Spring Quarter Graduation Ceremony is currently scheduled for Friday, June 18, 2021.

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Please visit Graduation site for more information.

Reporting Date (International)

Date: June 20, 2021

International Students are to report back on Sunday, June 20, 2021.


For arriving students, please stay informed and read the most current and applicable guidance from DoD leadership. Please visit Students or NPS COVID-19 websites for latest information.

Reporting Date (U.S. Students)

Date: June 28, 2021

U.S. Students are to report back on Monday, June 28, 2021.


For arriving students, please stay informed and read the most current and applicable guidance from DoD leadership. Please visit Students or NPS COVID-19 websites for latest information.

Independence Day

Date: July 4, 2021

Independence Day is a federal holiday celebrated on July 4th. On this day in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted at the Second Continental Congress.

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