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Peter Denning, Director
Sue Higgins, Deputy Director
Warren Yu, Chief Learning Officer
Alison Kerr, Operations Manager 

The Cebrowski Institute is a hub of innovation for the information revolution in military and security affairs for the US Navy, the US DOD and the nation. The Institute helps generate innovative ideas for information strategy and tactics and supports the information entrepreneurs who champion them in the Navy and DOD. The Institute works with leaders and community networks to bring the new ideas into practice. 

The Cebrowski Institute is unique among military institutes. As a nexus of new ideas on the information revolution for military and security affairs, it combines the intellectual expertise of its faculty, the fresh operational experience of its officer-students, and the expertise of its military and government customers. Ultimately, it serves the nation as an important innovation broker by forging critical connections and support for those who serve in the vanguard of the information revolution.


Amory Lovins
Anne Clunan
Dan Boger
David Alderson
John Arquilla
Nancy Roberts
Nicholas Dew
Rachel Goshorn
Scot Miller

Brian Steckler
Chris Gunderson
Craig Martell
David Alderson
David Tucker
Frank Barrett
Glenn Robinson
Geoffrey Xie
Gurminder Singh
John Arquilla
Mitzi Wertheim
Nancy Roberts
Scot Miller

We, the members of the Institute, are educators, scholars, researchers, students, and military officers at the Naval postgraduate school. We execute the mission by:

  • Sponsoring and organizing regular workshops, symposia, guest lectures, panels, brown-bag seminars, brainstorming meetings, labs, and centers to help us understand and interpret the strategic and tactical implications of the information revolution
  • Offering Well-grounded assessments and constructive criticisms of current information analysis and practice even when the assessments challenge existing policies and strategies
  • Establishing research projects that produce operationally informed analyses and new ideas on how best to achieve
    existing and proposed national security goals through information innovations
  • Publishing findings in the form of reports, articles, workshop and symposium proceedings, student theses, and working prototypes
  • Providing startup support for faculty teams who wish to organize new projects in information innovation
  • Relevant case studies

VADM Arthur Cebrowski

The institute is named after Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowski, a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Computer Systems Management in 1973, and retired director of the Defense Department's Office of Force Transformation. Known as the Father of Network Centric Warfare, he spent the last six years of his DOD service leading transformation in a cultural climate resistant to change. VADM Cebrowski passed away Nov. 12, 2005 after a long battle with cancer.

VADM Cebrowski entered the Navy through the Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1964. He was a Naval Aviator and commanded Fighter Squadron 41 and Carrier Air Wing EIGHT. He commanded the assault ship USS GUAM, the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY and the USS AMERICA Battle Group. He had combat experience in Vietnam and Desert Storm. His Joint assignments included service as the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers (J-6), Joint Staff. Admiral Cebrowski retired from the Navy on October 1, 2001 with over 37 years of service, after serving as the President of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

You have a choice: you can either create your own future, or you can become the victim of a future that someone else creates for you. By seizing the transformation opportunities, you are seizing the opportunity to create your own future.   --VADM Arthur Cebrowski

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