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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 pao@nps.edu. 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.
Photo courtesy of MC1 Arif Patani 

CRUSER Brings Robo-Ethics Symposium to the Pentagon

The Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Intelligence (N2) and Communications (N6) directorate, along with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER), sponsored a two-day Robo-Ethics Symposium, Jan. 25-26, in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

The symposium featured multiple two-hour panel sessions focused on cultural, legal and ethical issues surrounding the policy, design and utilization of robotic defense technologies. More than 100 participants from the National Capitol Region attended the symposium representing several defense and academic institutions including ONR, the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval War College, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff and many others.

Symposium Director Mark Dankel noted, “The symposium captured the intellectual depth and horizon of our warfighters. Fluent in their disciplinary expertise, they are equally concerned for the connection between their missions and the legal,
cultural and ethical values which form and shape their ethos.”

CRUSER Director and NPS Operations Research Senior Lecturer Jeff Kline commented, “This is our first major outreach effort to support CRUSER’s mission of continuing education in support of robotics and unmanned systems. This symposium provided an effective venue to bring together lawyers, ethicists, engineers and warfighters to openly debate the myriad ethical issues we will face in the future.”

U.S.Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

Alumnus Recognized for Continuing Contributions and Distinguished Service
By Javier Chagoya

NPS President Dan Oliver, left, catches retired Marine Corps Col. Walter Augustin, right, off guard prior to the Human Systems Integration curriculum review, held in the Elster Conference Room, Jan. 25. Augustin, a member of the curriculum review board and an NPS alumnus, has distinguished himself through both his 27-year Marine Corps career and his subsequent government service by providing national leadership in the fields of program management, engineering, research and development. He was awarded a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, with Distinction, in June of 1987.

Augustin took a position with the Naval Air Systems Command in Orlando following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 2007. Augustin’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

U.S.Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

Defense Language Institute Celebrates NPS-Assisted Migration to .EDU Domain
By MC1 Rob Rubio

Select leadership from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), NPS and the local community cut a ceremonial ribbon celebrating the completion of the NPS/DLIFLC Academic Network Initiative, Jan. 25, 2012.

The celebration, held in Nakamura Hall on the DLIFLC campus, was held to officially recognize the language school's transition to an academic, .edu domain. Russell, serving also as Master of Ceremonies for the special event, noted that DLIFLC and NPS have been collaborating since 2008 to establish a single, academic network that would enable students at both institutions to leverage modern technologies to accelerate and sustain their learning.  

DLIFLC Commandant Col. Danial Pick, pictured right, noted that the academic mission at the institution is to empower students and educators both in Monterey and around the world to learn and sustain learning in critical foreign languages. He commended NPS and its leadership for providing critical support to his institution's mission effectiveness.

NPS President Dan Oliver, pictured left, noted that the regional partnership was an excellent example of how local DoD institutions can work together to effectively maximize critical resources. “

U.S.Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

Air Force Special Operations Commander Briefed on SOF Air Capability Study
By MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Air Force Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, addresses an audience of Air Force and Defense Analysis students during a visit to NPS, Jan. 24. Fiel shared his views and answered questions regarding the potential changes that the special operations community is undergoing with the emergence of new technologies and the challenges faced from budget cuts and limited resources. He stressed the importance of the human element in every aspect of a mission.

Fiel was also briefed in detail on a NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) Air Capability Study currently in progress by students and researchers in the Defense Analysis department. The study is designed to assist NATO's Special Operations Headquarters into possible platform selection, basing, organizational design, manpower, command and control, maintenance, logistics, and training implications of a Special Operations Forces (SOF) Air Wing that would meet both current and future NATO needs in the area of unconventional warfare.

U.S.Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

CENTCOM Deputy Commander Briefed on the Value of Military Education Partnerships
By Javier Chagoya

Vice Adm. Robert Harward, Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), right, meets with several Foreign Area Officers (FAO) and Regional Affairs Strategists from NPS and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center during a discussion in Glasgow Auditorium, Jan. 23. About 40 officers in total, mostly Army and Air Force, who are now learning Arabic and preparing to operate in the CENTCOM area of responsibility got to meet their future boss face to face for a unique question and answer session. Two NPS FAO students also provided Harward with a presentation on their master's thesis projects.

Harward spent a significant portion of his visit at the offices of NPS' U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC). Director Tom Hazard briefed the CENTCOM deputy about the successful work being done in various countries through the USPTC's efforts, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and others. Hazard addressed the current and future challenges the region would be facing, and outlined unique ways to leverage scarce resources in developing long-term, defense capacity-building programs in support of central Asian strategic partners, such as Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is an important player in the Northern Distribution Network, a series of commercially-based logistical arrangements and supply lines connecting Baltic and Caspian ports with Afghanistan via Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.

U.S.Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

SOUTHCOM Commander Gen. Douglas Fraser Briefs NSA Students, FAOs on Regional Progress, Challenges
By Amanda D. Stein

Students in the National Security Affairs Western Hemisphere curriculum along with regional Foreign Area Officers gathered in Glasgow Hall for a briefing on the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) from the Commander himself, Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, Jan. 23. The briefing gave students a firsthand look at the challenges and areas of progress within Latin America. Fraser spoke highly of the partnerships that the U.S. has built and continues to strengthen with the 31 countries in the SOUTHCOM area of responsibility.  

Fraser touched on the critical challenges facing the region, including transnational organized crime, illicit trafficking, gang activity, narco-terrorism, and violent extremist organizations. Fraser noted the progress being made in the region in terms of economic growth, literacy and military partnerships.

During his visit to campus, Fraser heard from several NPS leaders and faculty, briefed on the institution's core mission and objectives in addition to presentations on NPS' U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center, the Common Operational Research Environment Lab, and many others. Fraser noted that in his career, he has seen firsthand the value of international partnerships like those forged in NPS' academic environment.

U.S.Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

Foundation’s Quarterly Event Focuses on Financial Situation in Afghanistan
By MC1 Rob Rubio

The NPS Foundation presented its Winter Quarter Event, "Protecting U.S. Contracting Funds in Afghanistan," Jan. 19, with guest speakers Lt. Cmdr. Matt Jacobs and Mark J. Doyle.

During his presentation, Jacobs noted that there is no infrastructure there, and that in the Congressional Report entitled the Warlord Report, Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) stated that there was a lot of corruption along the supply routes.

Jacobs remarked, “Money flows in subcontractor networks.  A project can cost $10 million and by the time the contractor who actually performed the work started the work, there is maybe only one third of it left.”  To try to understand where all of the money is going is a complex and important task.

Doyle noted, “Less than 15 percent of the Afghan people are literate and less than 5 percent use traditional banks…”  There exists a real threat to anyone who talks to a U.S. contractor of having themselves or their family killed.  To identify people of interest was difficult, as there are no bank records due to the fact that people simply do not use banks.

A database was created by looking at 450 companies with questionable accounting practices.  Money amounts as high as in the millions of dollars that might be in an account one day might not be there the next day.

U.S.Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

NSEP, Interim DLO Director Gets a Crash Course in NPS' FAO Language Modules
By MC1 Rob Rubio

Dr. Michael Nugent, Director of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and interim director of the Defense Language Office, visited NPS to learn more about institution and the language modules created for the many Foreign Area Officers (FAO) studying at the university. NPS' Joint FAO Skill Sustainment Pilot Program, with the assistance of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and the Center for Educational Development, Design and Distribution, came up with the idea of creating specific language sustainment materials that would be readily available when the officers need them. In 2011, 44 modules were created in six different languages, and the effort is on track to create an additional 48 modules this year with an eventual target of just over 300 FAO-specific language modules in eight languages.

Pictured above, Hong Zhou, a Chinese Language Professor at DLIFLC's Directorate of Continuing Education, explains that the modules were designed with language proficiency in mind, and encompass a wide range of topics covering job-related language requirements. Content within the modules allow the learners to achieve improvement in language requirements and effectiveness for real-world situations, such as debate, negotiations, discussion, public speaking and spontaneous interpretation.

U.S.Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

Security Solutions Lecture Presented by NSA Technical Director Neal Ziring
By Amanda D. Stein

On Jan. 17, Neal Ziring, pictured, Technical Director in the Information Assurance Directorate at the National Security Agency (NSA), provided a lecture titled “Building Robust Security Solutions Using Layering and Independence.”

Ziring spoke to NPS students, staff and faculty about the importance of layering security components to protect critical systems and data. He spoke about the difference between government and commercial devices, and the importance of selecting the right option for the kind of system being secured. He noted that one of his primary objectives when looking at security systems is making it as difficult as possible for would-be attackers to gain access.

“It’s all very nice to say, ‘I have three layers of encryption.’ But if all of those layers are the same, and they exhibit the same vulnerabilities, then I am not getting the benefits out of my investment in those multiple layers that I would like to get,” explained Ziring. “What I hope to do is give my adversary a bad day. That’s how I tend to measure most security systems these days … is it going to make my adversary unhappy with his job that I am using these mechanisms?”

U.S.Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

University Welcomes New Official Ombudsman
By Javier Chagoya

Kate Brandt arrived in Monterey in September when her husband, student Lt. Cmdr. Jason Brandt, reported for study in the aerospace engineering program. The Brandts were previously stationed in Naples, Italy, where Kate served as the ombudsman for U.S. Sixth Fleet Command while Jason was deployed, all the while raising their daughter.

Kate truly enjoyed the work, and upon their arrival at NPS, Kate immediately stepped up to serve as command ombudsman. “I volunteered the first time I met the Dean of Students, Capt. Alan Poindexter,” said Kate. “And I have been very impressed with the command organization and support I have received as an ombudsman, and the family support within the community,” she added.

Although Brandt doesn’t have any military background herself, she notes that she is very proud of working with the military. “I do have a passion for doing this work. I love being able to help out my fellow military families in any way I can. I think volunteer opportunities are a special way to contribute to the community and being the command ombudsman is a very unique position that I will always honor holding,” she said.

For more information visit the official NPS Ombudsman Facebook page.

U.S.Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

NSA Professor Releases Two Books on Very Different Subjects
By MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

National Security Affairs Distinguished Professor Dr. Tom Bruneau displays his two recently published titles, “Patriots for Profit: Contractors and the Military in U.S. National Security” and "Maras: Gang Violence and Security in Central America" (coauthored) in his office on campus, Jan. 12. Bruneau’s extensive research and collaborative efforts resulted in two works that tackle distinctly unique topics of national defense and civil-military relations.

In "Patriots for Profit," Bruneau takes an in-depth look at the issues concerning the replacement of military forces, in recent conflicts, with civilian contractors and the effects and repercussions of such strategies.  Bruneau raises the point that, while the military is a representation of the U.S. government and controlled by elected representatives of the American people, contractors work under little public control and limited legal authority.

In coauthoring "Maras," Bruneau collaborated with Lucia Dammert of the Global Consortium on Security Transformation and Elizabeth Skinner of NATO's Allied Command Transformation in collecting a series of essays and studies from multiple experts in the study of the history, organization and propagation of the Mara Salvatrucha and the 18th Street gangs that originated in Los Angeles and have been growing in prominence and influence in the United States and North and Central America, and are becoming increasingly more and more dangerous.

U.S.Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

Ceremony Welcomes Maritime Research Tools, New Lab to Campus
By Amanda D. Stein

Ensigns Rebecca King, left, and Joseph Beach, right, pour champagne on new unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) presented to NPS by David Jackson, Chief Emerging Technology Officer for the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) during a christening ceremony, Jan. 11 on the roof of Spanagel Hall.  The USVs, referred to by the Navy as Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Crafts (SHARCs), were appropriately named Tiburon and Mako, and christened with a stream of champagne carefully poured on the crafts.

During the ceremony, retired Rear Adm. Jerry Ellis, Director of the Undersea Warfare Research Center, offered confident predictions that the crafts would be invaluable additions to research at NPS. “I christen you Mako and Tiburon, may you always provide good research for the Naval Postgraduate School and may you always return to your home base," he said.

ONI's Jackson attended the ceremony on behalf of the organization, officially presenting one of the Wave Gliders to the Undersea Warfare Research Center.


U.S.Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo
 

Commanding General of the Army's Combined Arms Center Visits NPS
By MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Lt. Gen. David Perkins, Commanding General of the Army's Combined Arms Center, listens to a briefing on NPS' Department of National Security Affair by Chair Dr. Dan Moran during a visit to the school, Jan. 10.

“It’s always a pleasure, frankly, to meet senior flag representatives,” said Moran. “Their time is precious and it’s great that they can find the time to come and talk to us, and we want to be sure that they come away with the accurate
impression that NPS is a heck of a place.”

The briefs represent the continuation of an exploratory visit by the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Raymond Odierno, this past September, as the Army continues to support and potentially expands interest in different programs offered at the university. Perkins expressed interest in the abilities education provides his soldiers, and discussed his educational goals with leaders at NPS emphasizing the need for training programs to adapt to a changing world.

U.S.Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

NPS' Dudley Knox Library Launches Mobile Site
By MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

A smart phone displays the recently-launched mobile site for the Naval Postgraduate School's (NPS') Dudley Knox Library – the site is a streamlined version of the full website that library customers can access from their mobile devices wherever they may be.

The thinking behind the new mobile site is to offer library users easier access to the wealth of information and services already offered by the library. With this site users can access library information such as closing hours, computer accessibility, check on the availability of a book or document, or even ask a question to a librarian with the “Ask a Librarian Feature.”

“Our patrons are extremely mobile,” said University Librarian Eleanor S. Uhlinger. “DKL wants to be part of their toolkit anytime, anywhere.”

The mobile site can be found at: http://mdkl.nps.edu/

U.S.Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

New Signage on Perimeter Fencing

In September 2010, the Department of the Navy officially established the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Monterey, headquartered here on the campus of the Naval Postgraduate School. Following a model utilized by Naval facilities around the world, NSA Monterey handles all base support operations for the NPS campus, in addition to all other Naval commands on the Monterey Peninsula. NSA Monterey support functions include safety, environmental support, force protection, public works, MWR and many other services.

As a separate command, NSA Monterey was recently integrated into the signage on the perimeter fencing to ensure visitors were aware of the location of the NSA Monterey headquarters.

U.S.Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

C4I Program Executive Officer Lectures to Cyber Systems and Ops Course
By MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Charles Suggs, Deputy Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Technical Direction & Program Integration, and PEO for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I), presents a guest lecture on campus, Jan. 5. The presentation is part of a two-day series coordinated by NPS PEO C4I Chair Dr. Rachel Goshorn for campus-wide attendees, and in particular, for current students of the newly developed Cyber Systems and Operations course CY3300/EO3730 with instructor Dr. Deborah Goshorn focusing on the varying Cyber Communications Architectures mapped to PEO C4I Programs of Record and Navy operations.

This first lecture focused on the Navy Technical Reference Model and the PEO C4I Master Plan. Suggs discussed how C4I is modernizing and what capabilities will be delivered to the warfighter in the Future Year Defense Plan (FYDP) time frame.

The second lecture, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 6 in the Mechanical Engineering Auditorium, is titled "Technical Framework for Cloud Computing at the Tactical Edge." The discussion will focus on topics such as managing C4ISR data ashore and afloat, how to boost information technology (IT) efficiency/utilization while lowering costs, and how to align IT acquisition with fleet operational needs, in particular in a cloud computing technical framework.

U.S.Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

Incoming Students Introduced to Life at NPS
By MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Student Services Officers Lt. Justin Whipple, left, and Lt. Kristen Wheeler, at podium, go over NPS mustering requirements for incoming students during the new student orientation brief in Ingersoll Hall, Jan. 4.

More than 170 students were welcomed by Dean of Students Capt. Alan Poindexter, and were briefed by representatives of several organizations and offices around campus, listening to a series of presentations ranging from student services and travel to wellness, security and safety.  

For many of the new students, this is their first time in an academic environment in years, and the presentation represents the beginning of challenging times in their careers. As Poindexter, himself an NPS graduate, reminded them, that challenge also comes with the honor of attending a prestigious school, the opportunity to spend time with family, and the chance to enjoy a tour on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.

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