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Today@NPS - December 2012

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.
U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

On the Holiday Season, and Looking Ahead
RDML Jan E. Tighe, NPS Interim President

I am pleased to take this opportunity to extend my warmest holiday wishes to the NPS community. We are all part of a rich, diverse campus, and no matter what your reasons for celebration are during this time of year, I hope these occasions bring you all joy and happiness. The holiday season provides an invaluable perspective that only loved ones can offer.

The close of one year means that another stands just around the corner, and I look forward to what 2013 will bring to the Naval Postgraduate School. This campus has been challenged this year, but we will ban together and prevail. Our commitment to the values of service to the Navy and the United States, and to the value of higher education, will only be stronger, as will the institution itself.

As we take time to enjoy the holiday season, I extend to you all my sincerest appreciation and thanks for your own commitments to excellence here at NPS. I thank you for the dedication you apply to providing unique educational programs to officers of the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force, and to our allies across the world. And I look forward to our accomplishments to come.

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

NPS’ Own World Ambassador Retires After 36 Years of DOD Service
Javier Chagoya

NPS International Graduate Programs Office (IGPO) Assistant Director and International Military Student Officer Cindy Graham proudly wears the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award Medal following her retirement ceremony on the Herrmann Hall Quarterdeck, Dec. 12.

Graham recalled many moments of her career, which began at NPS’ forerunner of Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, then in overseas assignments in Germany. However, longing for home, she returned to California first working at Ft. Irwin and then making her way back to Monterey where she worked at Ft. Ord for a short time before landing a permanent job in the International Office at NPS.

Graham was honored for her service at the ceremony by earning the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award Medal. You can read more about Cindy Graham in the December issue of "Update NPS" available around campus.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Grant P. Ammon 

Navy, Institution Leadership Establish NPS Community Focus Groups
Kenneth A. Stewart

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASN M&RA) Juan M. Garcia joined Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Interim President Rear Adm. Jan E. Tighe in welcoming local community leadership onto campus in an effort to foster improved cooperation, Dec. 19.

The gathering was the first of several scheduled community focus group meetings in response to a directive from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus just a week prior designed to strengthen ties between the prestigious military graduate school and the regional community.

"The Secretary of the Navy has a deep appreciation for the long relationship between the Naval Postgraduate School and the Monterey Peninsula,” said Garcia. “These focus groups will allow for direct and persistent lines of communication between the Navy, NPS and local community leaders."

Tighe expressed appreciation that Assistant Secretary Garcia was able to participate in these initial discussions, and agreed with the importance of them in moving forward.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

NPS Energy Executive Education Course to Kickoff in April
MC1 Grant P. Ammon

NPS Interim President Rear Adm. Jan Tighe, center, receives a briefing on the newly-established Energy Executive Education course, Dec. 17 in the university’s Elster Conference Room. The inaugural one-week course, scheduled for April 2013, aims to provide Navy and Marine Corps energy influencers with an increased awareness of the vital role energy initiatives play within the sea services.

Sue Higgins, Deputy Director of the Cebrowski Institute at NPS and Dr. Daniel Nussbaum of the NPS Department of Operations Research co-lead the development of the course. According to Higgins, the goal of the program, sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, is to accelerate an enterprise-wide culture change within the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps towards a culture of "sustainable steaming."

Over the five-day course, students will develop operational, strategic and personal views of energy use, as well as examine case studies focused on the services' assured access to reliable and sustainable supplies of energy, and their abilities to protect and deliver sufficient energy to meet operational needs.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

NPS Celebrates Fall Graduates
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert L. Ord III, a former commander of U.S. Army Pacific, speaks during the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) fall graduation ceremony at King Hall, Dec. 14.

Ord stressed the importance of leadership and challenged students to aspire to greatness.

“You have the opportunity to help, to mentor, to coach and to be a role model for those under you and those that work for you,” continued Ord.

NPS Interim President Rear Adm. Jan Tighe praised NPS faculty members and recognized their contribution to the NPS legacy.

“The Naval Postgraduate School is graduating another class of well-educated officers who are capable of critical thinking, problem solving, and succeeding at a much higher level than they were before entering our doors,” said Tighe. “Because of the vital work you have accomplished on behalf of this institution, our nation, and nations around the world are safer today.”

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

NWC Monterey Celebrates 53rd Graduating Class
MC1 Grant Ammon

The 53rd graduating class of the Naval War College (NWC) Monterey partnership with NPS for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) stands for a group portrait in the Barbara McNitt Ballroom of Herrmann Hall, Dec. 5, 2012.

Dr. Peter Dombrowski, NWC Chair of the Strategic Research Department, and NWC Monterey Chairman, Prof. Fred Drake, presided over the ceremony where a total of 109 U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Marine Corps officers earned their NWC Command and Staff diploma with JPME Phase I certification.

According to Navy Lt. Cmdr. Angela Lefler, member of the 53rd graduating class, participating in the program helped to make her a more well-rounded and tactically proficient officer.

Through the partnership, 3,133 officers have earned this certification since the program’s inception in September 1999.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

Fall Quarter's Top Achievers Recognized
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) students and faculty gathered with friends and family for the Fall Quarter Graduation Awards ceremony in the Barbara McNitt Ballroom, Dec. 4. NPS honored its top students graduating this quarter for excellence in their respective fields of study, and for achievements during their time at the school.

Dozens of NPS students from different departments, services as well as international service members were recognized for their performance in their studies at NPS. Receiving the quarter's top award was U.S. Navy Lt. Adrian Laney of systems engineering, receiving the Monterey Council Navy League Award for Highest Academic Achievement.

“I was honored to be presented with this prestigious award for my academic success here at NPS," said Laney. “I am sure that there were many equally qualified, hard-working candidates to choose from, and I feel lucky to have been selected from among them.”

The quarterly awards programs recognizes students from a broad spectrum of curricula, departments and services, providing a memorable honor for the students as they prepare for graduation and look forward to their next assignments.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Grant Ammon 

Cyber Systems and Operations Student Named 2012 Admiral Inman Award Winner
MC1 Grant Ammon

Capt. Jennith Hoyt, senior intelligence officer at NPS, presents Lt. Cmdr. Scott Roper with the Admiral B.R. Inman Award during a brief ceremony, Dec. 4 on the university campus. The Inman Award is presented annually to a U.S. Sea Service officer at NPS in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of maritime intelligence.

“It is an honor, not only to represent the work being done here at NPS, but to also be one of the first Information Dominance Corps members to gain visibility under the new Cyber Systems and Operations curriculum,” said Roper of his selection. “I believe that my selection reinforces the continuing effort of our forces to reach beyond our comfort zones, and begin to take the cyber threat seriously.”

The Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) organization makes the award possible. The goal of NIP is to further the knowledge of the art of maritime intelligence, and to provide a vehicle whereby present and former Naval Intelligence Professionals may be kept informed of developments in the Naval Intelligence community. Instituted in 1996, the award is endowed by retired Adm. B.R. Inman, and consists of a commemorative wall plaque, an engraved telescope, and a 5-year membership in NIP. The NPS Senior Intelligence Officer is the selecting official for the award.

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

NPS' Own IT Experts Share Real-World Knowledge With Cyber Students
Javier Chagoya

NPS Cyber Systems and Operations (CSO) students are given a tutorial by Information Technology Specialist Mike Williams, left, on how the university's cyber infrastructure provides safe and secure data to its customers. Experts from the school's Regional Security Operations Center have been invited to share their knowledge with CSO students to expose them to real-world cyber security challenges.

Senior Lecturer of Computer Science J.D. Fulp noted the exposure would provide his students with an important connection with the theoretical principals learned in the classroom, and experience first-hand the challenges of running a large-size, operationally-secure data center.

"I really see this as an opportunity to show CSO students the direct parallel of their lab work, and how it reflects the day-to-day operational security concerns of NPS’ Regional Security Operations Center (RSOC),” said Fulp. "There’s nothing quite as motivating to students slogging through a difficult technical program than to see firsthand the kinds of challenges their hard work is preparing them to deal with.”

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

University Celebrates Its Latest Round of International Graduates
Dale M. Kuska

Rear Adm. Jan Tighe, Naval Postgraduate School Interim President, congratulates Ilyas Gocer, 4th Deputy Chief Superintendent of the Turkish National Police, during the International Student Graduation ceremony on the NPS campus, Dec. 7.

"As always, our International Student Graduation ceremony provides a wonderful opportunity to honor the diverse collection of students who have excelled not only in their traditional curricular coursework, but also in  meeting the challenges that come with studying abroad," said retired Marine Corps Col. Gary Roser, Assistant Dean of the School of International Studies. "NPS is truly a unique university with respect to the breadth and scope of our international graduate programs."

A total of 44 students representing 22 countries graduate this quarter, with the nation of Turkey welcoming home the largest contingent of officers with 11 students completing their studies. This quarter's class also featured the first ever graduate from the small island collective of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

Defense Analysis Program Briefs USSOCOM Director of Operations
MC1 Rob Rubio

U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Douglas P. Anson, second from left, Director of Operations for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), is briefed on current research initiatives through the Common Operational Research Environment (CORE) Lab during a visit to the university, Nov. 30. Also attending the brief while on campus for his induction into the NPS Hall of Fame was former Commander, USSOCOM, retired Adm. Eric Olson, seated right.

During individual presentations offered by CORE Lab staff and leadership, Anson was briefed on the latest advancements in social network data analysis techniques developed through student, faculty research in the lab. CORE Lab Co-Director, U.S. Army Col. Greg Wilson, stressed the importance of these networks and working with allied partners to utilize them for intelligence analysis. The group noted that nearly 20% of the officers enrolled in the program are from the international community … a critical point of success for the program.

"The biggest need that we have is to make sure that people know what we are doing," Arquilla added.

Arquilla continued by discussing some of the department's efforts in counterinsurgency strategies that were originally created for military purposes, but were also provided to the city of Salinas to assist with gang remediation efforts. He noted that from 2010 to 2011, shootings and killings in the small rural community dropped by two thirds, in part due to the utilization of cooperative strategies and knowledge sharing.

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

NPS Welcomes Industry Mogul, STEM Advocate Into University Hall of Fame
Kenneth Stewart

The Naval Postgraduate School welcomed its next inductee into the university's Hall of Fame, retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Walt Havenstein, during a ceremony in Herrmann Hall, Nov. 30.

Following several years as a senior industry executive, including three years as Chief Executive Officer of Science Applications International Corp., Havenstein now serves as Chairman of the Board for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit dedicated to inspiring young people into the science and technology disciplines.

“I want young people to get excited about math and science in the same way that they get excited about sports,” said Havenstein, whose experience with NPS goes back to his earliest beginnings, literally – Havenstein was born while his father attended NPS at its former campus in Annapolis, Md. “My own son was born here the day of my first exam in physics,”he added.

"My [NPS education] provided me with the confidence to excel in my chosen profession … My experiences here formed the foundation of any success that I have had."

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

NPS Inducts First SEAL Four Star Into University Hall of Fame
Kenneth Stewart

Retired U.S. Navy Adm. Eric Olson was recently inducted into the Naval Postgraduate School’s Hall of Fame, following a stellar 38-year naval career, including being the first Navy SEAL to achieve the ranks of both three and four star admiral.

“I am a fan of what this institution has always been" noted Olson. "The freedom of an academic environment and an academic staff that encourages freedom of thought. My experience at NPS was one of the most extraordinary experiences in my military career.”

Olson stressed the importance of higher military education in the era of modern asymmetric warfare. He noted that success on the battlefield is not simply a matter of who has the best equipment or the most lethal weapons. “We have to be able to think our way of out of conflicts," he noted, "NPS, as an institution, is crucial in its ability to produce professionals capable of accomplishing that task."

Olson was the 19th alumnus to be inducted, joining other notable alumni including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Adm. Michael Mullin, and former Marine Corps Commandant retired Gen. Michael Hagee, among several others.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

Acclaimed War Correspondent Addresses NPS Student Body
Kenneth Stewart

The Naval Postgraduate School welcomed Washington Post Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran onto campus for the latest Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture series, Nov. 27. Chandrasekaran is the author of the bestselling, “Imperial Life in the Emerald City” and his most recent book, “Little America: the War Within the War for Afghanistan.”

Chandrasekaran is often outspoken in his views on foreign policy in the Middle East, yet he stressed that he has great respect for the military and the men and women who wear their nation’s uniform.

“I am truly honored to be here today. I have the utmost respect for the Navy and the Marine Corps, for what your forbears did in the early days of our republic … And for what your generation has done in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Chandrasekaran. “I believe my presence here is a testament to how the military truly is a learning institution.”

In addition to his work as an award winning author and journalist, Chandrasekaran is a public policy expert and a former Woodrow Wilson Center for Public Policy scholar. He was bureau chief in Baghdad for the first two years of the Iraq war, and has been a correspondent in Cairo and Southeast Asia. He joined the Washington Post in 1994.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

Top Staff Sailors Honored During Ceremony
MC1 Rob Rubio

NPS staff Sailors, from left to right, CS2 Benjamin Gregoire, OS2 Joseph McCoy, AT2 Karee Lattier, IT1 Angelica Santana and ET1 Roy Campbell, gather for a group photo on the Herrmann Hall Quarterdeck following an award ceremony, Nov. 21. NPS Flag Admin Officer, Lt. Cmdr. John Leitner, presented the awards.

CS2 Gregoire received the Navy Achievement Medal (NAM) fourth award; OS2 McCoy received Senior Sailor of the Quarter for third quarter 2012; AT2 Lattier received a Flag Letter of Commendation for being the Junior Sailor of the Quarter for second quarter 2012; IT1 Santana received the NAM fourth award and the Good Conduct Medal (GCM) second award; and, ET1 Campbell received the GCM fifth award.

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