Faculty - Cyber Academic Group

CAG Chair

Cyber Academic Group Administration 

CAG Chair


Dr. Bret Michael is a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Michael applies his expertise in artificial intelligence, formal methods, and distributed computing to advance capabilities for improving the dependability and trustworthiness of national security systems. As the chair of the Cyber Academic Group, Dr. Michael leads the NPS' interdisciplinary education and research programs in cyber operations.

His full faculty profile is available here.


Associate Chair

LTC Michael Senft is an Army Functional Area 26A Information Network Engineering Officer, currently serving as a Military Faculty Lecturer in the Computer Science Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. His operational experience includes tours supporting Joint, Special Operations and Intelligence Community organizations. His academic experience includes Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Network Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Washington State University. He has research interests in the areas of cybersecurity, cyber situational awareness, and network graphs.

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Alex Bordetsky
Information Sciences
Ph.D, Chelyabinsk State Technical University of Russia, 1982

Thomas Albright
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1990

David Alderson
Department of Operations Research
Ph.D., Stanford University, School of Engineering, Department of Management Science and Engineering, 2003
Modeling, analysis, and management of the Internet and other network-centric infrastructures; Optimization-based reverse engineering of complex network systems; Attacker-Defender Models for Critical Infrastructure Systems; Resiliency of Cyber-Physical Systems

John Arquilla
Professor Emeritus
Defense Analysis
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1991
Revolution in military affairs, information-age conflict, and irregular warfare.

Kathryn Aten
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2009
Technology adoption, technology-mediated collaboration and learning, technology inclusion and adjustment.

Dan Boger
Professor Emeritus
Information Sciences
Ph.D., UC Berkley, 1979

Chad Bollmann
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2018
Networking, Cyber Security, Signal Processing

Doug Brinkley
Senior Lecturer
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2003
Instructional technology and distance education, information technology management, local area network administration, and IT support optimization.

Ray Buettner
Associate Professor
Department of Information Sciences
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Design of multi-institutional semi structured learning environments (MISSLEs) and the evolving command, control and organization challenges associated with the use of robotics and autonomous systems for military applications. 

David Canright
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cryptography, Fluid Dynamics, Materials Processing, Fractal Geometry, Orbital Mechanics

Rudy Darken
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
DSc., George Washington University, 1995
Virtual environments, usability engineering, training systems, wireless mobile computing, Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human cognition and behavior models for simulations.

Duane Davis
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2006
Robotic swarms and cooperative multi-vehicle systems, ethics in autonomous systems, robot control architectures, and cyber operations policy and strategy.

Dorothy Denning
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Defense Analysis
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1975
Conflict in Cyberspace; Cyber Security; Trust, Influence and Networks

Peter Denning
Chair, Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., MIT, 1968
Technology and transformation, data science, foundational practices of innovation, great principles of computing, STEM education.

George Dinolt
Professor of Practice in Cyber Operations
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1971

Chris Eagle
Senior Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1995
Computer Network Attack/Defense/Exploitation, Computer Forensics, Reverse Engineering.

Christian Fitzpatrick
Faculty Associate for Research
Computer & Information Programs Office
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 2009

Douglas J. Fouts
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
PhD/UC Santa Barbara/Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Computer Architecture, Computer Systems Architecture, Embedded Systems

Michael Freeman
Department of Defense Analysis
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2001
Terrorism and Democracy; Causes of Terrorism; Counter-terrorism Policy; International Security; U.S. Foreign Policy; International Relations Theory

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Bob Garza
Department of Information Sciences
MS, Golden Gate University, 2000

Scott Jasper
National Security Affairs
Ph.D., University of Reading, U.K., 2018
Cyber Security Policy and Practice, Cyber Deterrence Strategies

Thor Martinsen
Assistant Professor
Applied Mathematics
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2017
Cryptography & Coding Theory, Cyber Warfare, Computer Security, Electronic Warfare

Ted Huffmire
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 2007
Computer Architecture, Computer Security

Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1986
Cyber Security, Risk Assessment, Cognitive Modeling, Runtime Monitoring, Cyber-Physical Systems, Autonomous Systems, Network & Communications Systems, Distributed Systems of Systems, and C4ISR Modeling and Simulation, Data Science, Document Conversion, Reliable Software Architectures, Rapid Prototyping & Agile Methods for Software Automation.

Ryan Maness
Assistant Professor
Defense Analysis Department
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Political Science, 2013

Britta Hale
Assistant Professor
Computer Science
PhD in Telematics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Information Security and Communication Technology
Cryptography and information security. Current research interests include the design and analysis of cryptographic key exchange and authentication protocols, and secure channels.

Chris Manuel
Professor of Practice
Information Sciences
Irregular Warfare, NPS, Defense Analysis
Emerging Technology

John D. (JD) Fulp
Senior Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1996
Implementation of Public Key Infrastructure, Design of Secure Networks

Ray Jones
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
MS, National Defense University, 2006

Randy Maule
Research Associate Professor
Department of Information Science
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1987

John McEachen
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Yale University, 1995
Steganographic communications, complexity theory applied to network infrastructure, video distribution and analysis over computer networks, computer network security.

Thuy Nguyen
Research Associate
Department of Computer Science
B.A., University of California at San Diego, 1982
Advanced Topics in Computer Security, Trusted Operating Systems and Kernels, Multilevel Security Applications, Common Criteria Evaluation for High Robustness Systems, Secure Web Services

Cynthia Irvine
Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., Case Western University, 1975
Cybersecurity, cyber operations, high assurance security engineering, network & distributed system security, security requirements engineering, cybersecurity education, multilevel security

Wade L. Huntley
Senior Lecturer, NSA
Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, 1993
Cyber policy and strategy, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons: proliferation and non-proliferation, northeast Asian security, and international relations theory and practice.

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Armon Barton
Assistant Professor
Computer Science


Walter Owen
Associate Chair Distributed Programs & Outreach
Department of Systems Engineering
DPA, Golden Gate University, 2003
Defense Systems Acquisition, Systems Engineering, General Management, Public Administration, Distributed and Distance Learning

Howard Pace Jr.
Professor of the Practice
MSEE, BSEE NPS EE, BSME University of Washington
Cybersecurity in DOD Acquisitions, Disruptive Technologies, Rapid Acquisition, Space Systems

Mark Rhoades
Senior Lecturer
Department of Systems Engineering & Space Systems Academic Group
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 2006
Risk analysis and management, systems engineering, systems architecture, systems assessment and reliability, space systems technologies and applications.

Clark Robertson
Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1983
Spread spectrum communications, wireless local area networks, cellular communications.

Neil Rowe
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1983
Applied Artificial Intelligence

Michael Senft
MILFAC Lecturer 
Computer Science
Master, Naval Postgraduate School
Cyber Deception / Network Graphs  / Cyberspace Operations

Alan Shaffer
Senior Lecturer
Department of Information Science
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2008
Security modeling of systems; high assurance system verification; formal methods analysis; network virtualization.  Research interests moving toward data science and cloud computing.

Larry Shattuck
Senior Lecturer
Department of Operations Research
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1995
Teaching Human Factors Engineering; Experience Engineering Psychology Design and Applications; Experimental Psychology; Human-Computer Interaction; Human Error; Anthropometrics and Biomechanics; General Psychology

Gurminder Singh
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, 1989

Keith Snider
Professor of Public Administration and Management
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 1997
Defense acquisition policy and project management

Pante Stanica
Applied Mathematics Department
Ph.D. and Doctorate, Ph.D. in Mathematics, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1998; Doctorate in Mathematics, University of Bucharest, 1998
Cryptography, Boolean functions, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Combinatorics.

Preetha Thulasirama
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Canada, 2010
Wireless and cyber networks, cybersecurity

Kristen Tsolis
Department of Defense Analysis
M.S., Monterey Institute of International Studies

Lonnie Wilson
Professor Emeritus
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1973
Radar, EW-ES Receivers, digital signal processing, EA jamming, counter RF IEDs receivers.