Adopted Incubations Title

Adopted projects that have emerged from within the Cebrowski Institute

Ultimately, we end up having to focus at the tactical level because that's where transactions take place.  The tactical level is the check-out counter in the great department store of national security.  -- Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski (U.S. Navy, Ret.)


Cebrowski Institute Highlights:

Highlighted Projects

Big ideas

  • Helping Navy leadership think and position for what is coming
  • Surfing emerging waves of technologies and possibilities, in search of new ideas that may change the world and military operations
  • Avoiding technology surprises
  • Setting future education requirements
  • Positioning for emerging technologies


Climate Change

  • Navy Artic Roadmap
  • Adaption and Resilience
  • Climate and Security


Crowd Sourcing

  • Crowd Sourcing for software verification 


Cyber Adventurers

  • Off shoot of STEM --  Peter Denning and Sue Higgins – assisted by 2 NSF grants 2006 and 2009
  • Excite K-12 students about CS, addressing Navy CS & STEM concerns
  • After school and summer programs
  • Mentors: CSUMB undergrads, high school students
  • Cyber security games – Peterson and Gondree
  • Became part of mission of Military Cyber Professionals Association (Maj Joe Billingsley, USA)
  • Transitioned to NPS Cyber Club and local non-profit, Lyceum
  • NPS students starting to grow Cyber Adventurer models at follow-on duty stations

Design Thinking

  • Nancy Roberts and John Arquilla (DA), 2012
  • Developed first NPS design studio in CI, modeled after Silicon Valley IDEO and Stanford D-Center
  • Especially useful for finding solutions to wicked problems
  • Initial project: Army 2020 (GEN Odierno)
  • Design approach increasing in classes and projects across campus


2005 - Present

  • Sue Higgins (IS)
  • Helping the USN to significantly reduce energy footprint.
  • Adoption focus on technology, policy, and culture.
  • Seeded by energy web community development and speakers – e.g., Amory Lovins, who is on staff as PoP.
  • Facilitated “The Energy Conversation” 2008 in DC (Mitzi Werthheim, an early advisor to institute, now on staff as PoP)
  • Van Bibber attended the 1st Navy Energy Summit at ONR and created a connection with NPS, leading to NPS's Energy Academic Group.
  • Led the design and development of the Navy Executive Ed (now CEE).
  • Designing Navy-wide energy culture change initiatives.

Global Public Policy


  • Karen Guttieri (GSBPP)
  • Helping USN/DOD think through public policy and civil-military issues in military ops
  • Developed early multi-disciplinary course; now Masters curriculum for Civil Affairs community
  • Now part of GSBPP; Guttieri recently received award from Civil Affairs community

Hastily Formed Networks (HFN)

2004 - Present

  • John Gibson has taken over HFN since Brian Steckler retired in 2015.
  • Suitcase Internet comms for HA/DR
  • HA/DR is now a Navy strategic objective.
  • Student teams have gone to Tsunami, Katrina, Haiti, Philippines, CA wildfires, and numerous exercises.
  • HFN is a visible “trademark” of NPS.

Information Dominance

  • N2/N6 OPNAV studies, started 2013
  • Partner with NPS Information Dominance Center for Excellence (IDCFE, CAPT Tim Unrein) to spur faculty participation in N2/N6 part of OPNAV studies program
  • Over 100 faculty proposals in the first round

Innovation Adoption

  • Peter Denning (CS) and Nick Dew (GSBPP), 2009
  • Adoption is the real challenge of innovation – design is the “easy” part
  • Big challenge in Navy to overcome bureaucratic inertia and maintain leadership in use of technologies
  • E-week workshops “innovation by design” since 2009



  • Col Andy Hernandez (OR)
  • Detecting and destroying IEDs and the networks that built them.
  • Launched an interdisciplinary cross campus IED study initiative.
  • Transitioned into National Security Institute up to completion.

Gurminder Singh, and John Gibson (CS), started in 2010

  • Exploring a Supporting Arms Coordinator Concept for Cyber Fires
    • Field Testing of Satellites
    • Coalition Field Exercises in Europe
    • DARPA for the Adaptable Sensor System Program
    • Tactical Chat Capability


Geroffrey Xie (CS), started 2010

  • Initiated by NPS Student Capt Josh Dixon (USMC) who had duel major; Business - CS
  • Make MWC a seamless part of the USMC & Army field operations
  • Involved faculty and students from IS, SE, CS, DA, ECE, GSBPP, TRADOC
  • Increase Communication capabilities while maintaining security/reliability and reducing overall costs.


Mobile Devices

2004 - Present

  • Gurminder Singh (CS)
  • Moving essential computations from mainframes over to portable devices.
  • Grown from an early curiosity to a major theme today.
  • Partners with the CORE lab.


Natural Language Processing

  • Craig Martell (CS), started 2007
  • Identifying authors and intentions from captured chat texts
  • Big issue in data mining
  • Detect terror networks from chat
  • Measure learning in MOOCs


Navy Tactical Cloud

  • Warren Yu (CI), started 2011
  • Helping Navy transition to cloud services and cloud operations
  • Grew strong partnership with Fleet Numerical Meteorology & Oceanography Command (FNMOC), Monterey, Navy’s largest supercomputing faculty
  • Involvement by faculty in IS, CS, OR, DA, ITACS


Next Generation Leaders

Sue Higgins (Leaders in Virtual Worlds)

By using immersive virtual environments as learning platforms:

  • To bridge cultures
  • Improve leadership
  • Enhance teamwork
  • Using immersive virtual environments as learning platforms to help student to bridge the perceived culture gap between weekend reservists and those who serve full time.

Sue Higgins (Next Generation of Leaders)

  • Grow Senior officers capable of thinking strategically in the world that will exist in 20 or more years
  • Digital technologies everywhere 
  • Most Operations are digital
  • Adversaries operate by swarming in small networks hidden in Internet
  • Full of uncertainties, surprises, disruptions



  • Alison Kerr (CI), started 2005
  • Launched summer intern program with Hartnell CC Salinas, Hispanic students, 1st generation Americans
  • Navy encourages outreach to develop young people who might later engage with Navy
  • Wide participation across campus
  • Grew from 2 interns (2005) to > 100 (2013)
  • Top Navy STEM Intern Lab
  • Transition to DOR in 2013
  • PhDs & Polka Dots


Technology Transfer


  • Peter Denning (CS)
  • Helped DARPA to evaluate effectiveness at transferring new technology to their military customers.
  • Involvement included:  Nick Dew, Dan Nussbaum, and students from CS, IS, OR, and GSBPP.
  • DARPA had a 30% success rate, which is 26% higher than the industry standard of 4%.
  • The GSBPP faculty continues the technology transfer research with other sponsors.



  • Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support (TIDES) 


Valued Information at the Right Time (VIRT)

2007 - Present

  • Rick Hayes-Roth (IS)
  • Reducing cognitive overload from information glut associated with big data
  • Dan Boger continues the project in IS Dept: the concern is growing
  • Initial sponsor USMC, now Intel Community

World Wide consortium for the Grid (C2COG)

  • Chris Gunderson (IS), started 2004
  • Confederation of DOD units to promote working standards and test ranges for the next generation of defense Internets
  • Cooperation with NCOIC, Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium, with similar aims for defense contractors
  • Transitioned to W2COG.ORG, a 501(c)(3)
Adopted Incubations by Sponsor

The Cebrowski Sponsors

Listed below are the adopted Cebrowski incubations listed by sponsor

  • Strategic Change CommunicationsDKI-APCSS-COLOR-logo

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information (ASD NII)

  • Hastily Formed Networks (B. Steckler)

Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN)

  • Net-Ready Key Performance Parameter (S. Miller)
  • Systems Strategy Planning

Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (COE-DMHA)Crest - COE-DMHA

  • Research/Curriculum Development Project
  • Challenges in Technology TransitionUSACAPOC(A) small.jpg

Coast Guard Air Station KodiakCoast Guard Air Station - Seal

  • Web 2.0 Information Sharing

Defense Advanced Research Projects AgencyCrest - DARPA

  • Accelerated Technology Transfer (P. Denning)
  • CDLS Review
  • Crowd Sourcing (G. Xie)

Defense Acquisition University (DAU)Crest - Defense Acquisition University

  • World Wide Consortium for the Grid

Defense Information Systems AgencyCrest - DISA

  • Automated Media Exploration
  • JITC Netcentric Certification Office (C. Gunderson)
  • Military Wireless Communications (G. Singh, G. Xie)

Department of Homeland SecurityCrest - Homeland Security

  • The Energy Conversation

Department of Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO)Crest - DON CIO

  • Cross Sector Community Collaboration

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC)Image result for FNMOC Logo

  • Navy Tactical Cloud (W. Yu)

International Maritime Satellite Organization (INMARSAT)

  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations

      (B. Steckler & J. Gibson)

Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIEDDO)Crest - JIEDDO

  • Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization Research Program

Joint Interoperability Test Command

  • IO Research

Marine CorpsImage result for marine corps

  • Military Wireless Communications (J. Gibson)
  • Crowd Sourcing (G. Xie)
  • Next Generation of Leaders (S. Higgins)

OPNAV, Information Dominance (N2/N6)Crest - N2/N6

  • Information Dominance

National Defense University, Resource Management

  • Energy and Behavior (S. Higgins)

National Science Foundation (NSF)NSF Crest

  • Computer Security (M. Gondree)
  • Innovation (P. Denning)
  • Corporate Strategic Communications
  • EST An Enterprise Center of Excellence
  • Rebooting Computing

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)NAWCAD

  • Transformation Chair
  • Hastily Formed Networks (B. Steckler)


  • Energy and Behavior (S. Higgins)

Navy Information Operations Command (NIOCs), formerly called (NSGC)


Office of Force Transformation (OFT)Crest DoD (OFT)

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OpNav)

  • Energy & Behavior (S. Higgins)
  • Next Generation of Leaders (S. Higgins)
  • Navy Tactical Cloud (W. Yu)

Office of Naval Research (ONR)ONR

  • Military Wireless Communication (J. Gibson)
  • Next Generation of Leaders (S. Higgins)
  • Hastily Formed Networks (B. Steckler)
  • Energy & Behavior (A. Howard)
  • Continuous Integration Environment (W. Yu)
  • Strategic Communication (S. Higgins)
  • Consortium for the Grid (S. Miller)
  • Definition of Metrics for MDA
  • Educational Opportunities to Support
  • Recognizing Patterns of Anomie (K. Guttieri)
  • Research Support for Kyknoco (K. Guttieri)
  • System Dynamics / Real Options Analysis

OSDCrest DoD (OFT)

Program Executive Office (PEO C41)

  • Bandwidth Allocation Management
  • JOTARS: Joint Online Thesis/Research System


  • Assessment Federation Support (S. Miller)
  • Broad Based Maritime Collaboration Capability (S. Higgins)
  • C2 Rapid Prototype Capability (W. Yu)
  • Decision Superiority in Cyberspace
  • Education Film Symposium - article
  • Energy (S. Higgins)
  • Integrating Cell Phone Technology with Marine Corps Tactical networks
  • Failing Fast and Early to Succeed Sooner (W. Yu)
  • Continuous Integration Environment (W. Yu)
  • Geospatial Information (W. Yu)
  • Information Dominance Systems of ExA (S. Miller)
  • CANES SOA Based Security Architecture (C. Gunderson)
  • Transformational C2 SVC (P. Denning)
  • Trust Corporation in KFN
  • Global Wargame: Warfighting Assessment (S. Miller)
  • Integration of Cellular Technology (F. Kragh)
  • CDLS Review (S. Miller)
  • Definition of Metrics for MDA (S. Gallup)
  • 2007 Humanitarian Outreach (B. Steckler)
  • Disruptive Technology Exploration (S. Higgins)

Seal - US Strategic CommandUnited States Strategic Command (USSTRACTCO)

  • CPATH CDEF: Resparking Innovation

US Army War College

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station (USCG Air S)

  • Hastily Formed Networks (B. Stecker)

University of Maryland

  • Natural Language Processing (C. Martell):  The Natural Language Processing of Online Chat and weblogs consists of NPS Chat Corpus, Topic Detection in Chat, Thread Extraction in Chat, Authorship Attribution for Weblogs, Detecting Sexual Predators in Online Chat, Semantic Search, Natural Language Processing of Requirements Documents, Speech and Gesture for Human/Robot Coordination, and Computational Gesture Analysis