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NATO began designating Partnership for Peace (PfP) Training and Education Centers in 1999 as a result of its 50th Anniversary Summit and part of its Training and Education Enhancement Program, determining that a “network of national facilities – made available to all PfP countries – should emerge as part of a collaborative approach to training and education.”

In October 2004, the U.S. Secretary of State designated the Naval Postgraduate School as the United States’ contribution to NATO’s Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (PTC) program.  The Naval Postgraduate School is the only PTC in the United States, and as the USPTC, also represents the U.S. contribution to NATO’s Education for Reform Initiative and Defense Institution Building efforts.

The USPTC serves as the diplomatic face of the Naval Postgraduate School with a primary mission of conflict prevention.  The USPTC achieves this through the development of long-term strategic, partnership capacity building programs that meet the objectives of key stakeholders, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of State.  

About USPTC Program Office

The USPTC Program Office was formally established in 2009 by the Naval Postgraduate School Executive Vice President/Provost to represent the entire Naval Postgraduate School and to further promote USPTC-specific capacity and content areas to U.S. and international stakeholders.  In early 2012, the Office of Special Initiatives, under the leadership of a Vice Provost, was established to undertake special assignments in support of the Office of the President of the Naval Postgraduate School.  The Vice Provost for Special Initiatives (VPSI) has purview over the efforts coordinated by the USTPC Program Office, and the role of VPSI is a collateral assignment for one of the existing school Deans, currently held by Dr. Peter Purdue, Dean of the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.

The USPTC Program Office assists in developing and supporting high quality, relevant, and unique advanced education and research programs, delivered by Naval Postgraduate School faculty, that will increase the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces of the U.S. and our international partners.  In addition, the USPTC Program Office efforts synchronize identified requirements with Naval Postgraduate School faculty capabilities and facilitate and promote the value of developing “new intellectual” capital for the Naval Postgraduate School that can then be reinvested in the School’s U.S. and international students: the world’s future military and civilian leadership.

The USPTC Program Office also engages in developing opportunities for faculty and student involvement that specifically support Combatant Command interests and objectives for enhancing partner defense capacity building efforts in critical social, science, and technology areas, such as: Systems Approach, Cyber-Security, Maritime Security, Anti-Corruption, Meteorology, Social Networking, Missile Defense, Cost Analysis, Modeling & Simulation, Assessment Methodologies, Interdiction Operations, Counter Trafficking, Strategic Collaboration, Identity Management, Biometrics, Gender Inclusion, and Energy Security.  

View the Organizational Chart to see the various Graduate Schools, Research Institutes, and Research Centers at the Naval Postgraduate School with which the USPTC Program Office interacts and coordinates outreach.  


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Organizational Chart (PDF)

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