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The CCC Team: Faculty and Staff

The CCC has a small staff, including several research associates, to support faculty-led research projects and manage larger programs. Directorship of the CCC is aligned with the Department of National Security Affairs Associate Chair for Research position.

Dr. Christopher Twomey, Director, Professor

Dr. Michael Malley, Executive Director, Lecturer

Ms. Anna Davari, Faculty Associate for Research

Ms. Jumana Kawar, Faculty Associate for Education

Ms. Diana WuegerFaculty Associate for Research


Current Openings: We are not currently accepting applications.

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The Center on Contemporary Conflict

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As the principal research wing of the Naval Postgraduate School's Department of National Security Affairs, the Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC) contributes to the expansion of knowledge on critical security issues—especially current and emerging threats to U.S. national security and that of its allies—and is uniquely positioned to form a bridge between academia, policy makers, and military personnel.

In addition to conducting federally sponsored research, the CCC supports federal missions by managing programs and facilitating federal sponsorships for other private institutions. Historically, our largest such effort was the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC), which was housed at NPS until the end of FY2016. CCC served as the program planning and implementation office, research center, and intellectual clearinghouse for the execution of analysis and future-oriented studies and dialogues for DTRA-Strategies and Plans. We cultivated interconnected national and international strategic research community partnerships and supported scientific, technical and social science experts to look well into the future to help understand and anticipate WMD/WME capabilities.