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Today@NPS - May 2016

Today@NPS showcases some of the speakers, conferences, experiments, lectures, and other events that take place at the Naval Postgraduate School on a daily basis.  If you would like more information about any of the highlighted activities please contact the public affairs office at To view more stories visit the Today at NPS archive. NPS' photo galleries 
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U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Victoria Ochoa
Acquisition Leaders Converge on NPS
By Kenneth A. Stewart

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition the Honorable Sean Stackley addresses attendees at NPS' 13th annual Acquisition Research Symposium, May 4. The symposium brings together leading defense acquisition experts from around the world to exchange ideas and to benefit from NPS student-led acquisition research.

University President retired Vice. Adm. Ronald A. Route welcomed Lewis and other attendees to the symposium while touting the importance of what he called "sharpening the spear" – NPS' commitment to honing naval officers with the education and skill sets required to serve at the tip of the nation's defense spear.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition the Honorable Sean Stackley served as keynote speaker at the symposium. He called upon attendees, and policy makers at large, to streamline the defense acquisition process.

"Please, [Congress,] no more policy, no more rules and regulations. We have plenty of policy. We need practices," Stackley said. "It's about product. It's about putting weapons systems into the hands of Sailors and Marines around the world and giving them the confidence to do their jobs."

Stackley also pointed to regulatory red tape as an impediment to the acquisition process while noting some of its more frustrating consequences.

"Admirals report to the Pentagon after solving the problems of nations with their fleets. Only they come to the Pentagon, and learn that they do not have the authority to approve a travel voucher to attend a conference," explained Stackley.

Retired Rear Adm. James Greene serves as chair of NPS' Defense Acquisition Program, and called upon attendees and students to prepare for the 14th symposium through both attendance and paper presentations.

"It is my hope that we can continue to stimulate interest by research sponsors in relevant and timely acquisition research efforts by faculty and students at NPS, and affiliated universities and think tanks," said Greene. "We would like to see NPS emerge as 'the place of choice' for acquisition research efforts."

May 5, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya
Jordan Fact-Finding Team Pursues NPS Cyber Experts
By Javier Chagoya

A delegation of Jordanian military and defense leadership stopped at NPS as part of a fact-finding mission to get the details on the university's current cybersecurity educational and research programs, April 29.

The officials, senior members of Jordan's cyber, intelligence and communications communities, included two brigadier generals, two colonels and one ministry of defense secretary general, all touring the U.S. in the discovery phase for certificate and degree programs in cybersecurity, operations and computer forensics. 

"The cybersecurity programs at NPS have a very strong reputation, as do our cyber operations programs. It is not surprising that a group seeking solid educational programs for military officers on these topics would come to NPS. Other countries have already sent students here for the NPS cybersecurity programs," said Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Dr. Cynthia Irvine. 

The Jordanian delegation toured the recently-constructed Cyber Battle Lab, which uses virtual machines and servers to simulate defend and attack network scenarios. They also met with subject matter experts from NPS' Information Technology and Communications Services (ITACS) department to round out presentations on network infrastructure and bandwidth development.

U.S. Central Command Operations Branch Chief Marine Corps Col. Brian King, who accompanied the delegation, said the effort is about supporting the nation's capability to secure its networks. "Education is critical to developing these individuals, but our trip covered many aspects of cybersecurity in order to glean best practices in the development of strategy, policy, critical infrastructure protection, etc.," he said.

May 4, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Lewis Hunsaker
Annual Submarine Ball Recognizes the Silent Service
By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

Director of Undersea Warfare Division (N97) and guest speaker, Rear Adm. Charles A. Richard, addresses university students, faculty, staff and guests during the 116th Submarine Birthday Ball in the Barbara McNitt Ballroom, April 30, while Northern California Submarine League President, NPS student Lt. Mitchell Nelson, center, listens in. The theme for this year’s celebration, planned by Nelson and his fellow league officers, was “Submarines in the Movies: Where Fiction Meets Reality.”

"Tonight we celebrate our past and honor those that have gone before us to lay the foundation for our force," said Richard. "It has truly been an exceptional year for the submarine force."

Within the last year, USS John Warner (SSN 785) was commissioned and USS Illinois (SSN 786) was launched, marking the first time that two Virginia-class submarines were released to the fleet within the same year.

"This is the force that many of you in this room will have the privilege to operate, on behalf of our American people, to ensure our nation's security," said Richard. "What we did to get here didn't happen by accident. It came from innovation, necessity, creativity, and most of all, hard work by submariners over the last 116 years."

Richard noted there have been four generations of submariners over that time span, and each generation has helped improve the force, from fundamentals to tactics to new technology.

"The generations of submariners that came before us forged the path, and it's our responsibility and honor to continue and build the force," he said. "As we celebrate our birthday, let us remember and give thanks to the initial innovators from the first generation, our heroes from WWII, and those that have laid the foundation for us."

On April 11, 1900, the U.S. Navy purchased John Philip Holland's revolutionary submarine and renamed it the USS Holland (SS-1), America's first commissioned submarine. Since then, submariners have been patrolling the depths of the oceans, providing maritime security around the world. 

May 3, 2016

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Lewis Hunsaker
Naval War College Honors Quarter's Top Graduates 
By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

Naval War College (NWC) Monterey students earning academic honors during the second quarter of Academic Year 2016 are pictured following a brief ceremony in their honor near the NWC Monterey Program offices in Halligan Hall, April 26.

The graduates who earned "with Highest Distinction" honors by completing the program in the top five percent of their class include Army Majs. Jonathan Baker and Jonathan Swoyer; Marine Corps Capt. Peter Bose, and Lt. Leslie Ward.

Graduates earning "with Distinction" honors by completing the program in the top 15 percent of their class include Army Maj. Andrew Ballow; Marine Corps Capt. Amber Coleman; Lt. Cmdrs. Ernest Anderson, Alapaki Gomes, Sumner Rollings, Joshua Stonehouse; Lts. Stephen Bremer, Zachary Lukens, Daniel Nesmith, Vanessa May Rigoroso, and Lucas Scruby.

May 2, 2016


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