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Today@NPS - May 2015

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 and graduation pictures can be found on the Photo Gallery - Collections page.


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NPS Celebrates Diversity with AAPI Heritage Ceremony
By MC2 Shawn J. Stewart

Jenny Camara and Dana Lee, members of Hula-Yamamoto Hula Ohana traditional Hawaiian dance group, perform for students, faculty and staff during NPS' Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebration held at Herrmann Hall, May 28. Each May, the U.S. Navy celebrates AAPI Heritage Month, recognizing the history and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

"This year's theme is 'Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion,'" said Master of Ceremonies Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lewis Hunsaker. "This month we celebrate the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages and unique experiences represented among more than 56 ethnic groups speaking over 100 languages that live in the United States."

NPS Deputy Dean of Students Cmdr. Alex T. Mabini then took the stage, and delivered a personal and inspirational message.

"I have to admit, there was a time when I was ashamed of being different from everyone else," said Mabini. "Back then, there was always tension about the growing Asian population in Stockton [California]. I can't count how many times I was referred to by one racial slur or another."

Mabini recalled his rough childhood, being shot at and beaten for his racial identity … experiences that forced Mabini to question his own heritage until one day a conversation with his grandmother changed it all.

"I remember telling my grandmother I wish I wasn't Asian," recalled Mabini. "She told me, in her Okinawan accent, to never say that and that a lot of people had gone through many sacrifices to get to the U.S. Then, she lifted her arm and showed me her wrist. I saw that she had a scar of some sort, and I asked her what it was from … She told me a grenade."

Mabini's grandmother was a survivor of the Battle of Okinawa, and she explained how a grenade had killed her parents, and the shrapnel from the blast had scared her.

"Her story is just one of thousands of similar stories from Okinawan Americans now here in the U.S.," said Mabini. "Nearly 150,000 or roughly half of the island's civilian population died in the Battle of Okinawa, but she told me she survived and that I should not forget that."

"My family's story is only one of many stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States," Mabini said in closing. "Only through knowledge of the sacrifices others have made for this country can we expect to break down the barriers to equality and inclusion."

Posted May 28, 2015

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Naval War College Bids Farewell to Alumna, Professor
By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

NPS alumna and Naval War College (NWC) Monterey Professor Casey Lucius leads a Theater Security Decision Making class at Glasgow Hall, May 18. Lucius came to the NWC Monterey program six years ago following a year in the NPS Department of National Security Affairs where she designed and taught courses on U.S. foreign policy and Asian studies.

"One of my biggest accomplishments while teaching for the war college was having a book on Vietnam's political decision making process published and being promoted to full professor," said Lucius.

Prior to her academic work, Lucius worked for the U.S. State Department as the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam's operations assistant at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Lucius earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii in 2007 and her M.A. in National Security Affairs from NPS in 2002 while serving as an active duty Naval intelligence officer. Lucius recently announced to her friends and colleagues on campus that she will soon be departing NWC Monterey to pursue other opportunities.

"I'm sad to be leaving these amazing colleagues and students, but I'm excited to pursue a new career in politics," she said.

Posted May 27, 2015

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MOVES Institute Hosts Academic Working Group
By MC3 Michael Ehrlich

Associate Professor of Computer Science Dr. Mathias Kölsch presents the latest developments in augmented reality during the Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Institute's Academic Working Group, May 22. The MOVES Institute's programs are designed to advance the operational effectiveness of U.S. joint forces and our allies through superior education and research in the field of modeling and simulation.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Walt Yates, currently serving as a Program Manager for Training Systems, attended the MOVES working group, and noted he has high expectations for graduates, having been one of the first Marine Corps officers to complete the program in 2004.

"Our expectations of MOVES graduates is that they are going to be special staff officers that advise commanders on how they implement and employ modeling and simulation to make decisions and train marines, and other branches," said Yates.

The two-day working group provides an opportunity for MOVES personnel to meet with stakeholder organizations to discuss the university's modeling and simulation academic program and supporting research. The overall goal of the effort is to review current programs, identify where modeling and simulation is headed in the future, and strategize a path forward for MOVES to meet those challenges.

"Modeling and simulation is growing everywhere, with the focus at NPS on military training, analysis and planning," said Yates. "NPS is a unique opportunity for military officers to go into research-based study, unique to the needs of the military. This is the type of thing that is only taught here because of its application to the military."

Posted May 26, 2015

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Student, Alumnus Showcase NPS at NHA Symposium
By Dale M. Kuska

U.S. Navy Capt. Benjamin Reynolds autographs a poster showcasing the impact his NPS degree has had on his career during the Naval Helicopter Association's Annual Symposium, May 13. NPS personnel attended the symposium to provide attending junior officers with a greater understanding of their opportunities in graduate education.

Attendance at the NHA Symposium, and a handful of similar events, was made possible by retired Navy Capt. Craig Turley, Director of NPS' San Diego Fleet Concentration Area Engagement Office.

"Reaching out to these officer communities through symposia like this is critical for NPS, and for these junior officers," Turley said. "Understanding how a degree from the Naval Postgraduate School can impact one's career is paramount, and helping these young men and women visualize how they can successfully integrate this into their career paths is more than worth our effort."

Helping demonstrate that value, Turley relies on both current and former students. Marine Corps Capt. Jeff Parker, currently studying in the university's operations analysis program, and Reynolds both attended the symposium, and provided a first-hand testament to the impact of graduate education.

"I've used my [Master of Systems Analysis] degree a great deal and find it to be the perfect blend of theory and practical skills," said Reynolds, currently serving as the Deputy Commodore of Helicopter Sea Squadron Combat Wing Pacific. "I was pursuing my degree while I was an analyst on the OPNAV N81 staff and used the skills extensively for assessing warfighting capabilities and limitations. In my current job I put it to use almost every day."

Next up for the San Diego Fleet Concentration Area Engagement Office is the Surface Navy Association's West Coast Symposium, July 16.

Posted May 22, 2015

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CRUSER Monthly Meetings Provide Opportunities for Engagement
By MC2 Shawn J. Stewart

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Louis Batson introduces his thesis research, titled "Unmanned Tactical Autonomous Control and Collaboration (UTACC) Threat and Vulnerability Assessment," during the latest CRUSER monthly meeting, May 18. Open to all students, faculty and staff, the meetings raise cognizance of campus efforts in robotics and unmanned systems, and offer an opportunity to engage on a broad range of topics.

"It's a great opportunity for anyone on campus who is interested in learning about thought-provoking happenings across the CRUSER community of interest," said Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Timothy Chung. "These types of information exchanges allow us to begin innovating in a number of ways … from getting more funding from a sponsor, to the ability to examine innovative things, to identifying interesting thesis topics that may have not arisen."

Associate Professor in the NPS Department of Information Sciences, Dr. Ray Buettner also recognizes the power of an open forum, and believes the monthly meetings can be strengthened with the participation of the enlisted staff.

"Sometimes we are top heavy and missing the point of view of the actual warfighter or end user," said Buettner. "We could learn so many things from each other."

During the meeting, the audience was as much a part of the presentation as the presenter, asking engaged questions on topics that branched into diverse directions. Batson was chosen to speak because his project has gained traction with the Marine Corps and is raising awareness on potential UTACC vulnerabilities.

"The meeting gave me the opportunity to talk about where those vulnerabilities exist and how developed security controls could prevent exploits," he said. "We found that a lot of threats occur in the development stages and [could] become systematic failures throughout … If we don't start looking at and fixing those threats now, we will be faced with billions of dollars worth of mistakes."

CRUSER monthly meeting are open to the entire campus community, for a list of upcoming speakers and topics, or to sign up, go to

Posted May 21, 2015

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya
Design Thinking Powers Investigation Into Ally's Future Force
By Javier Chagoya

An NPS student brainstorms answers to varied questions about a nation's future military force structure during the Norwegian Special Operations Force (NORSOF) 2025 Seminar, May 12. The three-day seminar utilized a design thinking approach to detail what an optimal special operations force for a small nation would look like in 2025.

NPS Defense Analysis Professor Dr. Nancy Roberts is a leading advocate for design thinking, and since the summer of 2013 has delivered courses on how to use this innovative process of creative problem-solving where the focus is on the 'human in the loop.'

Under the direction of Roberts and the Norwegian Special Operations Research Office at NPS, led by Espen Berg-Knutsen, NORSOF 2025 set out to answer the complex question, "How might we design a Special Operations Force (SOF) to best serve a small country's security interests in 2025?" Initial work on the problem began last fall.

"Environmental analysis and in-depth discussions with more than 25 international subject-matter experts were the starting points for a creative process that led to an innovative prototype for a future NORSOF. The prototype was presented at the seminar, May 12-14, to the [Norway Special Operations Command] as an input to the new, long-term development plan for the Norwegian Armed Forces," said Roberts.

An international team of 10 NPS students participated in the effort, with the Commander of Norwegian Special Operations Command (NORSOCOM) sponsoring the program.

Posted May 20, 2015

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ARSENL Breaks Previous Records, Flies 20 Autonomous UAVs
By Kenneth A. Stewart

NPS Assistant Professor Timothy Chung, third from left, is pictured with members of NPS' Advanced Robotic Systems Engineering Laboratory (ARSENL) and their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) "swarm" during the latest Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) exercise at Camp Roberts, May 15. The NPS team simultaneously flew 20 autonomous UAVs breaking a previous record.

"I'm incredibly pleased to share ARSENL's accomplishment of successfully flying 20 UAVs simultaneously last Friday during field experiments at Camp Roberts!" said Chung. "This number beats our previous ARSENL record of 12 UAVs, set in April, and we believe it to be a first-of-its-kind demonstration of this magnitude for large-scale, autonomous fixed-wing UAV teams."

The 20 UAVs were successfully launched and flown autonomously in two "sub-swarms" of 10 UAVs each and guided using ARSENL-developed swarm operator interfaces. The UAVs performed basic leader-following cooperative behaviors, exchanging information amongst themselves via wireless links.

"This work has been made possible through the hard work and initiative of our systems engineering and cross-campus team members including [Research Associates] Michael Day, Marianna Jones and Mike Clement as well as [Assistant Professor] Duane Davis, [Research Associate Professor] Kevin Jones and countless others," said Chung.

Posted May 19, 2015

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Navy's Cyber Chief Applauds NPS Programs
By Javier Chagoya

Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe, right, along with two of her task force commanders, seated, discuss follow on assignments for graduates during the cyber curricula's biennial review, May 12. Tighe returned to NPS to review the cyber programs, visit Silicon Valley, and took the chance to reconnect with faculty and staff she knows well as NPS' former Interim President, and an alumna.

Now in its third year, the university's Master of Applied Cyber Operations (MACO) program is geared to provide Navy enlisted Network Cryptologic Technicians and Information Systems Technicians with an advanced cyber systems and network defense education. Tighe has actively nurtured the program since its inception.

"This cadre of Information Dominance professionals comes to NPS with a practical knowledge of network security; however, now they have the opportunity to learn advanced methods for improving secure networks," said Tighe. "They are also able to share the learning environment with junior officers from across the services and our allies. I see these individuals becoming leaders of operational Sailors."

Tighe also had the opportunity to hear directly from MACO program students during her visit and was pleased by the challenging nature of the course work.

Pictured with Tighe are Computer Science (CS) and Cyber Systems Operations (CSO) Program Officer Lt. Cmdr. Eric McMullen, standing, Navy Information Operations Command Capt. James Mills, left, and Naval Cyber Defense Operations Command Capt. Doug Powers, right. Mills and Powers assisted Tighe during her two-day review of the university's cyber programs.

For additional information on the review, check out the full story from Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet.

Posted May 18, 2015

U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Shawn Stewart
NPS Symposium Welcomes Acquisition Professionals, Industry
By Kenneth A. Stewart

A packed-house of acquisitions professionals, students and academics listen to one of several panels that presented at the 12th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, May 13. The annual symposium brings together acquisitions professionals from around the world to discuss the latest in acquisitions research and policy.

The Honorable Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, served as one of the symposium's keynote speakers.

"The way you make progress in acquisitions is not by big, flashing programs, but by gradual improvements on multiple fronts over time," said Kendall. "I think the trains are moving in the right direction."

Kendall stressed that it is improvement, not reform, that is necessary in the acquisition world. He noted that if asked to give the Department of Defense's acquisition system a grade, that he would give it either a "B+ or an A-."

"I give us that grade because we win the 'super bowl' every year," said Kendall. "We have a remarkably capable force and that is because we have an acquisitions force that gets the job done."

The symposium also featured panels of acquisitions experts from industry including, amongst others, representatives from the Boeing Corporation and Lockheed Martin. Throughout the conference, industry officials sat side-by-side with senior defense acquisition officials and NPS researchers who offered independent views on the state of acquisition systems and research, with an eye toward improving processes and ensuring U.S. military superiority worldwide.

Posted May 15, 2015

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BizLibrary Offers Staff Professional Development Opportunities
By Kenneth A. Stewart

Dudley Knox Library Technician Marlon Wilson takes a break from a course that he is taking at the BizLibrary, May 12. The BizLibrary is an online training portal that offers access to some 2,500 streaming videos and 3,300 online courses available to NPS staff members free of charge by the university's Staff Development Council (SDC).

"Staff can take up to 20 courses and watch an unlimited amount of streaming videos per fiscal year through the BizLibrary," said Research Associate Laura Cole with NPS' SDC. "[The SDC] is trying to encourage people to take some time out of their week to start a class."

Cole also weighed in on the value of staff development training, and in particular, the inclusion of training objectives in individual development plans.

"Supervisors should be encouraging employee development and should be working with individual employees to develop individual development plans, which include a discussion about training," said Cole. "[Performance evaluations] are not just about what you want to do with your careers, they are about what sort of training you need."

Videos available at the portal range from short minute-long segments to 15-minute features on a wide variety of topics designed to encourage productivity and to create a more effective workforce.

"Most are quick hits of a topic of interest that can help you to resolve particular issues," said Cole.

Online courses are longer and require a greater time commitment, but they also offer more content allowing online learners an opportunity to explore topics of interest with greater depth.

The SDC has taken steps in recent months to make the BizLibrary more useful to staff members. Cole notes that courses offered through the BizLibrary can be used to meet continuing education unit (CEU) requirements. She also noted that the BizLibrary has never been more accessible.

"BizLibrary is available off campus and does not require VPN. There is also an application that you can use on your smart devices that will allow you to take the training wherever you go," said Cole. "You could even take a course while you were waiting for a flight at the airport."

There are currently 500 seat allocations at the BizLibrary and some 100 seats available to online learners. Originally, the BizLibrary was intended to serve GS personnel only, but it has been opened up to non-GS employees as well.

Posted May 14, 2015

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NPS Students, Staff Participate in Local Career Expo
By MC2 Shawn J. Stewart

NPS Department of National Security Affairs student U.S. Navy Lt. Zachary Boguslawski engages local youth on the importance of readiness and preparation during the Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County (BGCMC) "Your Future Starts NOW!" Career Expo in Salinas' BGCMC Clubhouse, May 8. The event featured several panelists from varied professions, ranging from school principal to radio personality, barber and lighting specialist.

Organizers noted the words "Your Future Starts NOW!" isn't just a slogan, it was the main message BGCMC Director of Program Development, and Program Manager of Career Expo 2015, Brenda Roncarati was looking to convey when she took the helm of this year's event.

"The main message is about making the right decisions now," said Roncarati. "The decisions they make today will impact their ability to succeed in the future; and so "Your Future Starts NOW!"

The forum style event allowed community youth to converse with local community leaders and gave them a chance to ask questions, and maybe even gain a new mentor. In previous years, the program hadn't featured any military panelists, so Roncarati reached out to NPS for help. NPS Student Council Chair, defense analysis student U.S. Navy Lt. Aaron Steward, Bouslawski, National Security Affairs student U.S. Air Force Capt. Seth Neville and NSAM School Liaison Officer Leslie Flynn answered the call.

"I really enjoy these types of outreach events but it reminds me of my background in teaching. I just love helping and interacting with the kids," said NSAM School Liaison Officer Leslie Flynn. "Our presence was sought out for months in advance and I think we really delivered for the kids today."

Roncarati was also enamored with the representation provided by NPS.

"We were so excited to have NPS students come here today," said Roncarati. "There is a lot of interest from our kids in the military and you guys fit right in to the diverse industries represented here today."

Roncarati continued, "I think every effort made here today will pay off," she said. "Each and every panelist has something valuable for these kids, from the structural nature of the military to the wisdom of the judge, the value is tremendous."

Posted May 13, 2015

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Students Seek MARINE Solutions
By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

NPS Meteorology and Physical Oceanography student Lt. Zach Moody presents a solution to a 'Wicked Problem' to a panel of experts at the Moss Landing Marine Lab, May 8. This event marks the first time that NPS students have collaborated with the six local institutions participating in the Monterey Area Research Institutions' Network for Education (MARINE) program.

"It's interesting to me that there is a class like this looking at problems from multiple aspects, because it's not just economics, biology or human impact … Everything is intertwined," said U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Wirts, chief of prevention at sector San Francisco.

At the event, participants were divided into five groups that presented solutions to the problem of whale strikes off the California coast to a panel of experts. Participants then incorporated feedback from the experts into a series of working groups.

"The combined working group format brings various viewpoints together with a vested interest in solving marine problems," said NPS Program Officer for Meteorology, Oceanography and Undersea Warfare, Cmdr. Bill Sommer.

It's a unique education experience when we get our Navy students out of the NPS bubble and working alongside other graduate students, added Sommer.

MARINE, a collaboration between the Center for Ocean Solutions and seven Monterey Bay academic institutions, aims to prepare future ocean leaders and to enhance marine education. In addition to NPS, partner institutions include California State University Monterey Bay, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Stanford Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, and the University of California Santa Cruz.

Posted May 12, 2015

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NPS Faculty Honored With Promotion and Tenure
By Kenneth A. Stewart

NPS Associate Professor Jonathan Lipow, center right, is flanked by NPS Provost Dr. Douglas A. Hensler, far left, NPS President retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route, center left, and Defense Resource Management Institute (DRMI) Executive Director Natalie Webb, right, during NPS' annual promotion and tenure ceremony at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Auditorium, May 8. Lipow was honored with 14 other faculty members during the annual ceremony.

"Today, we celebrate NPS mission accomplishment, educating our students and conducting relevant research," said Route. "We talk about things that are 'mission critical' here at NPS. Our faculty, our world class faculty, are mission critical – mission essential."

Lipow was awarded tenure at the ceremony. He has worked as an economist with DRMI for the last six years.

"Tenure is an interesting question for us as federal employees. No federal employee is really promised to never be fired, but it is really valuable because it puts us on par with other academics," said Lipow.

Route noted that working at NPS requires a special kind of faculty member.

"Here at NPS, not just any faculty will do," he said. "We need this faculty, that understands our students and their calling, that thinks ahead in their academic fields to tomorrow's technology and defense needs, a faculty that accomplishes much and is recognized for their achievements."

Posted May 11, 2015

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USASOC Briefs Defense Analysis Students
By MC1 Lewis Hunsaker

U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Commander Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland speaks to Defense Analysis students at Glasgow Hall, May 7. Cleveland spoke about recent changes within the special operations community.

Cleveland was referring in part to the recently released Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) 3-05, which describes the role of U.S. Army Special Operations Forces worldwide. He appealed to NPS students and faculty to contribute to the on-going doctrinal discussion by considering research questions important to his command and others.

"For the first time in more than 60 years we have the opportunity to write our own doctrine," said Cleveland. "We have some challenges, but I think we are in a great place."

Cleveland has been an active-duty Soldier for the last 37-years, 25 years of which he has served in the Special Operations community.

Posted May 8, 2015

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NPS Students Build Systems Engineering Guidance Tool
By MC2 Shawn J. Stewart

Systems Engineering students Lts. Ross Eldred, Robert Smith, Jordan White, Patrick Stone and Shannon Buckley are pictured outside Herrmann Hall, May 2. They were chosen to tackle a Design Thinking challenge issued by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and produced a Mission Assurance Support Tool (MAST), which guides users through the systems engineering lifecycle and provides a mechanism for documenting requirements, design, and test results.

"I wanted to give engineers and applied scientists with little or no expertise in system engineering a chance to tailor and apply Los Alamos National Laboratory's (LANL's) mission assurance processes," said LANL advisor Heidi Hahn.

Design thinking requires students to gather and organize, define issues, ideate, build prototypes and conduct user testing.

"We reviewed the problem statement and then compiled all of the information provided into like-minded groups," said Smith. "We then analyzed the needs, wants, desires, and goals of each group."

MAST was recently reviewed by an Engineering Capability Review Panel and was unanimously praised for its ability to help guide users through systems engineering design thinking.

"We had an Engineering Capability Review Panel look at various aspects of our mission assurance implementation, including MAST and a LANL-developed requirements generation tool," said Hanh. "The panel liked both and endorsed them to the director as representing a step toward consistent implementation of our mission assurance framework."

Posted May 7, 2015

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Student Services Officer On the Road to NASCAR
By MC3 Michael Ehrlich

Student Services Officer Lt. Jesse Iwuji is pictured on the track at Irwindale Speedway, April 4. Iwuji is preparing to return to Irwindale to race in NASCAR's Whelen-All-American Series early this summer.

"Being out on the track can be stressful depending on what's going on … [but] a lot of what I have learned in the military is helping me to pursue my racing career," said Iwuji. "The big thing that the Navy helped me out with is time management."

At NPS, Iwuji assists with students checking in and out, daily muster pages for accountability, award ceremonies and coordinating special guest lecturers. But on his free time, he is gearing up to race during NASCAR's Whelen-All-American Series.

"This is the minor leagues for NASCAR," said Iwuji. "I'm hoping to jump up to NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and then professional racing in NASCAR one day."

Iwuji was the 5th person to surpass 200 mph during a standing mile in a Dodge Challenger. He has been racing for five years.

Posted May 6, 2015

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Students, Staff Volunteer at Language Capital of the World Festival
By MC2 Shawn J. Stewart

NPS President's Student Council Chair Lt. Aaron Steward engages with the local community during Monterey's first-ever Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival at Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey, May 2. International and domestic students joined Steward to introduce NPS to members of the surrounding communities during the multicultural event that spanned May 2-3.

Marine Corps Capt. Greg Fischer was one of several students that volunteered to participate in the event.

"It was great to be able to participate in a community event and to represent the school," said Fisher. "Community events like these are an excellent bridge between the military, the school and our diverse local community."

The event's intent serves to highlight the embedded language, culture, and international affairs capabilities the city and surrounding areas possess. NPS was on hand to support the effort, and to introduce the community to the university by giving access to some of the CubeSats, drones and other unmanned vehicles used to support student research every day. The festival also featured a gamut of cultural performances on a 20-minute rotation, ranging from Pakistani dancers to Chinese violin players.

Posted May 5, 2015

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Lockheed Martin Shares Business Strategy with Students, Faculty
By MC3 Michael Ehrlich

Senior Analyst for Strategy and Business Development retired Navy Capt. Martin Robby R. Harris with Lockheed Martin speaks to NPS students and faculty at the Mechanical Engineering Auditorium, April 30. Harris described a four-phase process that Lockheed Martin has adopted to understand the Navy's current surface, undersea, air and information warfare needs.

"We wanted to know [the Navy's] inventory within those four domains, where the Navy is spending its money," said Harris. "What were the drivers that make the Navy look the way it does and have the capabilities that it has today? It was a quantitative and qualitative approach."

While developing its business strategy, Lockheed Martin drew upon the combined expertise of an elite group of consultants consisting of retired flag officers, Department of Defense officials and industry shareholders.

"We as an industry have an obligation to our customers to understand what pressures they are responding to," said Harris. "We want to understand what they are going to need and how we can engage in that dialogue with them."

Posted May 4, 2015

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NPS Recognizes Excellence in Safety, Says Farewell
By MC2 Shawn J. Stewart

NPS Supervisory Physicist and Command Laser Systems Safety Officer (LSSO) Robert "Kerry" Yarber is honored with the Meritorious Civilian Service Award during the Safety Council meeting in the Executive Briefing Center, April 28. Yarber was recognized for his significant contributions to the Department of Physics, the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Occupational Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) directorate.

"Our Laser safety work allows over ten research and teaching Laboratories to operate in compliance with Navy regulations," said Yarber.

Yarber managed the Laser Safety Control program for 38 months as Command LSSO. Under his tenure, he increased program compliance from 19 percent to over 90 percent and reduced the number of Class 4 and 3B lasers in NPS' inventory from 135 to 88. Yarber also provided significant input into the development of NPS' OSHE Directorate and HAZMAT Program.

"My final day at NPS is [April 30]. It's nice to be recognized for my efforts before I leave," said Yarber. "I will retire with 39 years and 2 months of service, and I encourage you all to keep the flagship going!"

Posted May 1, 2015


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