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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.
U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

Two NPS Grads Recently Honored With Distinguished Alumni Awards
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Dr. Todd R. Calhoun, right, Director of Program Assessment and Evaluation, Programs and Resources Department, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, is presented with the NPS Distinguished Alumni Award by Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Doug Moses, July 25. Calhoun was one of two 1998 graduates to receive the award in late July, joining Navy Capt. Dylan Schmorrow, Deputy Director, Human Performance, Training and BioSystems in the Office of the Asst. Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

“This is a really nice honor,” said Calhoun. “I am a huge fan of the Naval Postgraduate School and I mean this with all sincerity … In addition to joining the Marine Corps, attending NPS has been the single most important professional decision I ever made."

In his current position, Calhoun assesses Marine Corps programs for the Commandant, Assistant Commandant and Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, and serves as curriculum sponsor for the Defense Systems Analysis program in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. In his position, Schmorrow has purview over the defense technology areas of human performance, medical, man-machine systems, training, civil engineering, environmental quality, and chemical and biological defense. 

The Distinguished Alumni Award Program at NPS recognizes graduates who have made outstanding contributions and accomplishments with significant impact on the military, the nation and the world. 

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

Marine Corps' Expeditionary Energy Director Speaks at Cebrowski Lecture
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Col. Bob “Brutus” Charette, Jr., USMC Expeditionary Energy Office Director, speaks to a group of NPS Marine Corps students during a Cebrowski Institute Brown Bag Lecture on battlefield energy efficiency, Jul. 24. Charette discussed the Marine Corps' expeditionary energy strategy, lessons learned regarding renewable energy, the importance of training and education, and potential expeditionary energy research topics for students enrolled in NPS programs.

“What we’re talking about today is the future of the Marine Corps … Not me, you,” said Charette. He asked how many members of the audience had been in a combat zone and lost Marines in supply convoys, with several students raising their hands. “That’s what this is all about today, it’s about how do we think differently about our resources.”

Charette noted that as a highly-effective military force, the Marine Corps has always been lethal on the battlefield, but over the years has become highly dependent on energy logistics exposing exploitable opportunities for the enemy. The emergence of this disadvantage prompted the Commandant of the Marine Corps to declare Expeditionary Energy a top priority.

“The Marine Corps is in this to save lives,” said Charette. “This isn’t about saving the planet, or the politics of energy – it’s all about making a more combat effective Marine Corps.”

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

Fostering Instructional Excellence Through Faculty Development
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

NPS Faculty Development Director Ali Rodgers leads a discussion during a practicum held in the Dudley Knox Library, July 20. Academic Affairs and the Office of Faculty Development offer professional development programs under the umbrella of PETAL, or Promoting Excellence in Teaching to Advance Learning. NPS professional development services foster instructional excellence through programs that blend theory with practice to emphasize and strengthen effective teaching, learning and assessment practices campus wide.

The “Practices of Effective Teaching: Technology & Pedagogy Integration Practicum (PET/TPI)," developed by Rodgers, is a continuation of her existing work with faculty. "The integration of educational technologies with the correct pedagogy supports the development of a cohesive curriculum that fosters learning and the achievement of outcomes,” said Rodgers. The PET/TPI Practicum features four seminars and four labs that Rodgers co-facilitates with Thomas Blood, Director of the Educational Technologies Group in ITACS.

Professional development short courses typically are four to eight weeks in duration. Faculty members attend weekly seminars to discuss and apply learning theory and research-based principles in theory/practice exercises.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

HRCOE Guides Navy Human Resources Officers Through Advanced Course
MC1 Rob Rubio

NPS' Human Resources Center of Excellence (HRCOE) is hosting its latest edition of the HR Advanced Course, July 16-27, on the university campus with 23 students attending. The purpose of the two-week program is to provide senior Navy HR officers with a greater understanding of the evolving Navy Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education domain.

Course attendee Cmdr. Tasya Y. Lacy, Deputy Legislative Director in the Office of the Chief of Navy Reserves (N095) in Washington, D.C., commented that she works in a highly collaborative environment within the OPNAV/CNO staff, coordinating with other offices in order to respond to congressional inquiries and submit unified legislative budgeting injects for future planning.

“Although not a traditional job for an HR [practitioner], HR does serve well because of its experience across the total force and the connection to legislation, which drives policy in many cases,” she said. “I need to be smart on my trade, and this course affords me the opportunity to take it to another level, to increase my knowledge and to learn more about the network.”  

Entitled “Preparing HR Officers for Future Challenges," the course uses a blend of academic instruction and practical exercises to enrich students' learning about workforce planning, personnel policy management and execution, development, recruiting, resource management and leadership. Course instruction is provided by NPS faculty and Navy Total Force subject matter experts.

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

NPS Researcher, Students Explore New Sea Duty Watchbill
Amanda D. Stein

The human performance research of NPS Associate Professor Nita Shattuck and Operations Research student Lt. Matt Yokeley has caught the attention of surface warfare officers across the Navy, as the pair proposed a revised watchbill schedule that was recently featured on the cover of "Navy Times."

The Navy’s standard 81-hour workweek means Sailors in the fleet often experience sleep problems serious enough to have researchers concerned that safety and performance on the job might be compromised. The pair has proposed a revised watchbill of three hours on duty, and nine hours off – which they have dubbed the NPS Optimized Watchstanding (NOW) Schedule – in place of the traditional five hours on and 15 hours off. They point to the body’s natural 24-hour cycle and the results they have gathered from studies at sea as further support that, for Sailor safety and morale, changes must be considered.

“The surface warfare officers understand that we need to fix this. With reduced manning, it just gets worse and worse, and the margin for error has gotten slimmer … because things move faster,” Shattuck said. “We operate on a 24/7 clock. There are operations all the time, and with the danger that lurks around every warship, Sailors must be alert. There is little margin for error. It has become a more dangerous world, and because of that we need Sailors to be vigilant and ready to respond in an instant.”

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

NPS Cycling Club, Local Community Pay Tribute to Capt. Alan Poindexter
Amanda D. Stein

On Saturday, July 21, close to 200 members of the Naval Postgraduate School and local communities made their way from Lovers Point to NPS to pay tribute to the late Capt. Alan "Dex" Poindexter, the university’s beloved Dean of Students and retired astronaut.

The NPS Cycling Club hosted the Capt. Alan Poindexter Tribute Ride, led by NPS Cycling Club President, Air Force Capt. Nolan Semrau and Naval Support Activity Monterey Commanding Officer Capt. Gerral David, and invited the community to celebrate Poindexter’s life through one of his favorite pastimes. Across the park, hardly a sad face could be seen as happy memories were shared of the man who touched so many lives across the Peninsula and the country. Semrau fondly recalled Poindexter’s earlier days with the club.

“Capt. Poindexter was a very active member of the NPS Cycling Club from the time he arrived as the Dean of Students in 2011. I recall one of his early rides with the club, if not the first … we lost him on the route,” said Semrau. “The club's intention is to ride as a group and we try not to ‘drop’ riders, and certainly not the Dean of Students. We were able to quickly track him down, and he laughed it off and had been riding with us since on a weekly basis! He particularly enjoyed long bike rides and he was great company when bicycling for hours.”

The nearly 10-mile ride began and ended at Lovers Point, with a stop on the steps of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Herrmann Hall for a moment of silence and a prayer by the university chaplain, followed by the sounding of Taps.

Photo courtesy retired Rear Adm. Stephen Loeffler 

RSEP Team Embarks With Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Retired Rear Adm. Stephen Loeffler, third from left, Director of the Regional Security Education Program (RSEP) at NPS, is pictured with Carrier Strike Group Commander, Rear Admiral Mike Manazir, right, and his Chief of Staff, Capt. John Malfitano, left, aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), along with the program's group of instructing faculty.

The two-week program of 26 different lectures on the Middle East, Western Mediterranean, South Asia and Africa were presented to select members of the staffs of five ships and the air wing assigned to the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

RSEP was developed as an NPS outreach program in 2001, following the bombing of USS Cole (DDG 67), at the request of the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Vern Clark, to better prepare naval forces to operate successfully different regions around the globe. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach emphasizing political science, history and economics, national security affairs, defense analysis, current events and subject-matter experts to promote a better understanding of the regional environments in which American ships, Sailors and Marines operate.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Carlos Borges 

Applied Math Chair Wins Big at Monterey's Highland Games
Javier Chagoya

For the past 45 years, wailing bagpipes and men donned in kilts descend onto the Monterey Peninsula, celebrating Celtic traditions by way of the annual Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival. And NPS' own Professor and Chair of Applied Mathematics, Dr. Carlos Borges, has been an active participant in the competitions portion known as the Highland Games for over 15 years.

His mastery of what is called Heavy Athletics began with power lifting in his early years, but soon changed. “I became bored with power lifting routines but I still wanted to build and maintain muscle,” said Borges. Instead, like a Clydesdale pulling a heavy wagon, you can find Borges weight training with a makeshift sled loaded with massive weights, pulling it down side streets surrounding the university's campus.

During the 2012 Highland Games early this month, competing in the Masters category, Borges was victorious in eight diverse events, from rocketing heavy stones to tossing huge cabers like matchsticks, earning first place in the Masters category 50-59.

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

Retired Vice Adm., NPS Alumnus, Presents at Senior Leader Course
MC1 Rob Rubio

Retired Vice Adm. Mike Vitale, an NPS National Security Affairs alumnus, speaks to attendees of the Center for Executive Education's Navy Senior Leadership Seminar during his presentation entitled, “The Innovation Challenge,” July 18. Vitale retired on April 1, 2012, after 34 years of service in the U.S. Navy, serving in his final position as Commander, Navy Installations Command in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for leading the Navy’s 74 shore installations and 62,000 employees.

During his presentation, he informed the attendees that they needed to have determined visions of what they believe their organizations are going to be. “If you are not personally passionate about believing that you can innovate in your organization, I can guarantee you, innovation will never happen,” he commented. He mentioned also that there is no “cookie cutter” approach, as all organizations are different with respect to their own individual styles, thought processes and organizational differences. Collecting data, understanding your organization, and knowing what your organization is doing is what is most important, he added.

“If you’re not on the front edge of what business, technology and IT are all doing today, then you are already behind because it is moving too fast,” he remarked. V"You have to move to the edge and be on that front edge, educate yourself, become experts and instill that passion of innovation … You are the leader who is going to drive our Navy to that next level.”

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

CRUSER's Latest Meeting Highlights Student Research in Sub-Launched UAS
MC1 Grant Ammon

Lt. Mike Smith, a Systems Engineering Analysis student at NPS, delivers a brief on his research into the utility of a submarine launched and operated unmanned aerial system, July 16, during a monthly meeting of the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research, also known as CRUSER.

NPS’ CRUSER team meets monthly for updates to ongoing projects, general discussions, and to develop potential theses topics for NPS students. Off-campus consortium members from Navy labs, industry and other DOD organizations join via VTC, Web and phone. The consortium, operating under the motto “From Concept Generation to Experimentation,” provides a collaborative environment for the advancement of unmanned systems education and research endeavors. According to CRUSER’s director, Operations Research Senior Lecturer retired Navy Capt. Jeff Kline, updates from students such as Smith exemplify the core mission of CRUSER.

“The goal of CRUSER is to provide a venue for diverse and interdisciplinary research across Department of Defense organizations, and academic institutions, for the employment of unmanned systems in maritime and expeditionary operations,” said Kline. “There is no better example of this research than the presentation given today by Lt. Mike Smith.”

Photo courtesy National University of Singapore 

Executive Vice President and Provost Ferrari Keynotes Singaporean Graduation Ceremony
MC1 Grant Ammon

NPS Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Leonard Ferrari joins National University of Singapore (NUS) faculty, staff members and students for a group photo during a visit to the NUS’ campus, July 13. Ferrari traveled to the NUS campus to deliver the keynote address to graduating students at one of the institution’s 22 degree conferral ceremonies –  among the notable programs presided over at the graduation was the conferral of degrees to students of the Temasek Defence Systems Institute (TDSI).

“I cannot emphasize enough how the U.S. Department of Defense, and in particular the U.S. Navy, values its partnership with the Nation of Singapore and the Singapore Ministry of Defense,” noted Ferrari in his address to TDSI graduates. “In particular, the relationship between the Naval Postgraduate School and the National University of Singapore is seen by all as one of the cornerstones of an enduring international relationship that continues to support our own national securities and a growing collaboration on the broader and more complex, global security issues of our time.”

TDSI is a strategic alliance between NUS and the Naval Postgraduate School that was established in July 2001 to provide a platform that brings together military members and defense technologists in an education and research environment. TDSI’s goal is to produce graduates who understand the complexities of a military force, enabled to create maximum leverage by the integration of operations and technology. TDSI is governed by a management board of select leadership that is responsible for the strategic direction and policies of the institute.

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

Alumnus Returns to Inspire Future Energy-Focused Students
Javier Chagoya

Naval Postgraduate School alumnus, Marine Corps Maj. Brandon Newell, opened his talk, “Leveraging Your Time at NPS by Turning Passion Into Opportunity," by telling the audience of students to do something outside the norm, and to do it with passion. The very zealous Newell, who now works at the Pentagon in the Marine Corps' Expeditionary Energy Office, returned to NPS because he knows the campus is fertile ground for thinkers and doers.  

Newell's studies at NPS put him in the right place, and at the right time, grabbing the attention of the staff of then Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James T. Conway at a Marine Corps Energy Summit in Washington, D.C. Following graduation from NPS, Newell’s next job was to be the Marine Corps Technology Lead at the Energy Office. Soon he was to deploy to Afghanistan as the Regional Command (Southwest) Expeditionary Energy Liaison Officer. There he fielded systems of Lithium Ion batteries and optimized photo-voltaic panels in the Marine Corps' newest Experimental Forward Operating Base facility, a test bed for future Marine Corps operating bases.

The intent for Newell’s return was two-fold; to drum up thesis interest and inspiration within the cadre of new students who are enrolled in the budding Energy Focused Degree Program. The program has recently developed from a certificate to a full-fledged degree.  The other reason, to prepare the group and other students who are following an interdisciplinary track for a follow up visit by Newell’s colleagues and superior from the Expeditionary Energy Office as they travel to NPS within two weeks.

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

Leaders of Indonesia’s University of National Development Visit NPS
MC1 Grant P. Ammon

Retired Indonesian Air Commodore Bambang Sulistiyono, Vice Rector for Students and Cooperation Affairs at the University of National Development in Jakarta (UPNVJ), left, and retired Indonesian Air Vice Marshal Koesnadi Kardi, Rector of UPNVJ, center, meet with Dr. Peter Purdue, Dean of NPS’ Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences, right, during an exploratory campus visit, July 11.

Kardi and Sulistiyono began the day with an overview of NPS given by retired U.S. Navy Capt.  Jeff Kline, a meeting with the NPS Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force Col. Zoe Hale, followed by a guided tour of the university. The UPNVJ representatives were then given overviews of various NPS programs, including briefs on operations research, computer science, cyber warfare, civil-military relations, academic research, and information sciences.

The UPNVJ was initially established as the Veteran National Academy, a state educational institute, by the Indonesian Veterans Affairs Ministerial Decree on Aug. 8, 1958. Based on its academic development, the institution's status transitioned from a State Tertiary Institute under the Indonesian Security and Defense Ministry to a private university.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

Global Center Holds Consortium Directors’ Conference
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Pete Verga, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, speaks during the Global Center for Security Cooperation (GCSC) Consortium Directors’ Conference, July 10. The event brings together directors from GCSC member organizations to discuss, network and exchange ideas on ways to maximize their efficiency and capabilities.

“This conference is a great event,” said GCSC Director and Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies Dr. James J. Wirtz. “It brings together much of the U.S. international engagement community and other U.S. organizations to talk about our international engagement activity as enterprise-wide activity. It provides a wonderful opportunity to get together and network, and get to know each other’s capabilities.”

Wirtz added that it was the mission of GCSC to organize and manage the different entities of the consortium to better integrate their efforts in accordance with the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s policy dissemination.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

Information Fair Introduces New Students to NPS, Regional Opportunities
MC1 Rob Rubio

U.S. Army Capt. Bridgette Bell, right, speaks to Lts. Renaldo Hollins and Kelly Saleck about the President’s Student Council during the New Student Information Fair in the McNitt Ballroom, July 10. The fair, held twice annually, offers incoming students a glimpse at the variety of opportunities available outside the classroom during their time on the Monterey Peninsula.

“I recently joined the Student Council as a way to get more involved in the school," Bell said. "We are trying to increase more awareness of what we do, what we represent, and that we represent the students.” She added that the organization is looking to get more student representation on the committee, with representatives that can work with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), the Travel Office, and various other organizations to address student-specific concerns around the campus.

Alecia Pityk, manager of MWR's Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office and organizer of the fair, noted that attendees to the event discover more about the diverse collection of on-campus clubs and organizations that are available to them, as well as the leisure and travel opportunities that are off campus. “Many of the companies attending the fair today are from the local Monterey area, but several are from the San Francisco area as well,” remarked Pityk. “The fair is designed to inform the campus community of the many opportunities that are available to them.”

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

International Defense Officials Focus on Resource Management
MC1 Grant P. Ammon

Students of the 43rd Senior International Defense Management Course, taught by NPS’ Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI), take time for a group photo, June 27 on the NPS campus. The resident course, running from June 25 – July 20, includes 30 senior military flag officers and civilian officials from 23 countries.

“We have multiple goals outlined for this course," said Dr. Francois Melese, Executive Director of DRMI. “One is to support the Secretary of Defense’s objective of building partnerships and improving relationships with our friends and allies throughout the world. Another is for participants to build partnerships with each other. As they go through this four-week course in an intense learning environment, they build lasting relationships. The universal challenge is to make the best use of scarce resources in this fiscally-constrained environment, preserving national and international security objectives.”

The goal of DRMI’s programs is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of modern defense organizations by developing participants’ economic and analytical decision-making skills. DRMI faculty are all professors and lecturers at the Naval Postgraduate School and teach key concepts in management, economics, statistics, operations research and quantitative reasoning. DRMI's curriculum uses real-world case studies in contexts that include a variety of contemporary issues.

 

Honoring the Birth of Our Nation
Dan Oliver, NPS President

On Wednesday, July 4, we celebrate the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, launching more than simply a system of American democratic governance. The birth of America, and the visionaries who created it, changed the philosophical foundations of what it meant to be a citizen of the world, an individual of thought with rights, responsibilities and freedom.

On this day, the Fourth of July, we mark this landmark change through a flurry of patriotic parades and awe-inspiring displays of pyrotechnic delight — events of all flavors that will commence all across our great Nation. We will wave the majestic colors of red, white and blue, proudly displaying the vibrance of those truly enduring American ideals we celebrate on this day.

Here at the Naval Postgraduate School, however, I hope we all take a brief moment during our celebrations to recall the cost born from the achievement of our American dreams, and our own responsibilities in ensuring they remain intact for generations to come. We need look no further than the mirror in front of us to know that we, each and every one of us, have the power to continue those foundational ideals of rights, responsibilities and freedom.

On our Nation's birthday, please join me in honoring our country, our ideals and our brothers and sisters in arms who walk among us, and those who no longer do. May you all have a safe and satisfying Fourth of July.

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

OR Student Analyzes Resiliency of Undersea Cable Networks
Javier Chagoya

With an ever-increasing need for bandwidth and a greater reliance on intercontinental communications, one single man-made attack or natural undersea disaster impacting undersea cable communications infrastructures could cause a major shut down of a regional communications node, leading entire nations to potential chaos.

In his thesis, Operations Research (OR) student Army Maj. John Crain formulated and found a solution to an Attacker-Defender scenario of a given cable system. His work is aligned to initiatives within NPS' Center for Infrastructure Defense (CID), whose two primary activities are to determine how infrastructure systems would respond to major disruptions, whether they come from deliberate threats or non-deliberate natural disasters. In addition, the CID also focuses research on identifying optimal plans to invest limited resources for hardening, redundancy or capacity expansion, in an effort to make these infrastructure systems as resilient to worst-case disruptions as possible.

Crain's analysis provided insight into which components in the system are most vulnerable, along with how effectively the system performs in the face of disruptions. The Center for Infrastructure Defense, part of the OR department, focuses on the continued operation of critical military and civilian infrastructure in the presence of an accidental or man-made failure. Crain was one of four students who worked on CID projects graduating this past Spring quarter.

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