Faculty Associate - Research
Global ECCO Program
MA, Religious Studies and Cognitive Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interest: hybrid and irregular warfare; strategy and grand strategy; cognitive science; sociocultural anthropology
Ph.D., School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, email@example.com
A variety of models for understanding insurgency and planning the counterinsurgency (COIN) response have been developed. One model that has become respected both in academic and military context is the "Magic Diamond" model developed by Dr. Gordon McCormick. The model involved four key elements or players, with mirrored strategies for their interactions. Each element will have a "mirrored" strategy, in which the way in which it imposes or aids insurgency is one image, and where the way that it interacts with counterinsurgency is the reflection.
This model develops a symmetrical view of the required actions for both the Insurgent and COIN forces to achieve success. In this way the counterinsurgency model can demonstrate how both the insurgent and COIN forces succeed or fail. The model's strategies and principle apply to both forces, therefore the degree the forces follow the model should have a direct correlation to the success or failure of either the Insurgent or COIN force.
Faculty Associate - Research
Global ECCO Program
Ph.D., Education & Organizational Leadership (Current Doctoral Student), firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Mollohan is the lead for Regional Defense Fellowship Program Evaluation team at the Naval Postgraduate School Defense Analysis Department focused on Irregular Warfare curriculum development, evaluation, and operationalization. Prior to his current position, Michael served as the regional security and policy advisor for the SOJ3-International, Special Operations Command Pacific. His area of responsibilities included the design, development, and execution of multinational Special Operations Forces (SOF) and related security sector education and cooperation. Michael is a retired Marine Corps Foreign Area Officer with more than 35 years of combined active duty and civilian service. He served as a military professor, senior service advisor for the Marine Corps, course director and co-lead on the counter-terrorism program for the Daniel K. Inouye, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI-APCSS). While on active duty he had the privilege of serving in several countries globally as a military advisor and operations officer including assignments as a peacekeeper and the United Nations Operations Officer in the Republic of Georgia during the crisis of 2008-2009. As a military professor and senior lecturer, Michael has conducted executive education programs for senior decision makers to operational leaders from numerous U.S. and Partner Nation security practitioner and academic organizations across the interagency, public and private sector. His areas of research and lecturing interest include Irregular Warfare and Security Education, Southeast Asia, Russia and the Former Soviet Union, Combatting Terrorism, Resiliency and Crises, Resistance and Global Power Competition. A current doctoral student completing his dissertation in Education and Leadership, he also holds master’s degrees in National Security (Naval Postgraduate School, 2002) and Business (Troy State, 1998) and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (Political Science & Russian Studies).
Information Systems Department
MBA, Management, Golden Gate University, email@example.com
I appreciate the function that NPS performs for the Navy, its unique position, and its charter to develop leaders and deliver solutions. I subscribe to Pres. Rondeau’s recent Intent statement in which she characterizes NPS as synchronizing four key factors: “graduate education and applied research, with student operational experience and faculty expertise…” (NPS, 2021).
Thesis advising cross-cuts all four of those factors and is “…the main contribution of the researcher to the student colleague” (NPS, 1987, p.9). However, while the onus should be on the faculty member to foster that relationship (NPS, 1987), I suggest that it will only flourish if the student engages actively. Exchanges of information and knowledge must consist of “smart push” and “smart pull” interactions – in both directions.
The thesis project is a (if not the) central part in the student’s education. It involves a creative process that must begin concurrently with one’s coursework. It is the student’s legacy to those who follow. It is important to strive to conduct applied research that will meaningfully benefit a particular service or the DoD by adding to the body of knowledge in a chosen topic.
Siamak Tundra Naficy
Anthropology of Conflict; Culture, History, and Geopolitics of Iran; War & Society; Moral/Sacred Values; Media & War; Cognitive Science; Honor (Culture) vs Dignity (Culture)
Senior Lecturer, CAPT USN (ret)
Systems Engineering Departments, Co-Director of CORE Lab and Director of the Littoral Operations Center
Ph.D., Information Science, Naval Postgraduate School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Porter is a Senior Lecturer in the Defense Analysis and Systems Engineering Departments of the Naval Postgraduate School, where he also serves as Co-Director of the CORE Lab and Director of the Littoral Operations Center. He holds a Ph.D in Information Sciences and two Masters of Science degrees – in Computer Science and Joint C4I Systems Technology - from the Naval Postgraduate School. Military duty included Japan, England, Italy, the Balkans, Bahrain (COMFIFTHFLT ACOS Intelligence and MOC Deputy of Operations in the Persian Gulf/East Africa), and three tours on the personal staff of ADM Mike Mullen, including Special Assistant for Strategy to both the Chief of Naval Operations (N00Z) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He subsequently served as Chair, Systemic Strategy and Complexity at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and retired from the Navy in July 2014 after 28 years of active service. Dr. Porter was hired as a faculty member at NPS in 2015 and in 2017 he provided systems analysis for the SECNAV’s Strategic Readiness Review.
While working for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ADM Mullen, CAPT Porter co-authored, with Colonel Mark Mykleby, “A National Strategic Narrative.” Published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars a National Strategic Narrative was subsequently cited Pulitzer Award winning author Tom Friedman, CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria, former UK Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband, former Foreign Minister of Israel Shlomo Ben Ami, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan among many others (www.nationalstrategicnarrative.org).
Dr. Porter was recently named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis’ Who’s Who in America. His civilian and military awards include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Vice Admiral Rufus B. Taylor Award for Professional Excellence in Naval Intelligence, the Defense Superior Service
Medal, four Legions of Merit, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. Dr Porter is a “Walton Fellow” at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability.
Global ECCO Program. Additive Manufacturing MOVES Institute/CS Dept.
Ph.D., Physics, Brandeis University, email@example.com
Dr. Edward Rockower’s economic, scaling, and
commercialization analyses, and simulation of major
engineering programs have been intimately involved
with the interplay of technology, computation, military
operations, and business. He was an invited Speaker
NATO, Brussels and member of its Electronic Warfare
Working Group. He was also an Invited Speaker at The
Laser Institute, Tokyo and an Invited Scholar at Harvard
University. His work is taught at the US Naval Academy,
included in the book “Naval Operations Analysis” 3rd
edition, and cited in numerous Laser books.
During the Web 1.0 boom, he was Chief Intranet Architect at PayPal, Head of Distance Learning
for University of Maryland Asian Division, and “Lead of Technical Operations” for
Software.HP.com, one of Hewlett-Packard’s top e-commerce websites.
Dr. Rockower has applied Operations Research, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, and
Physics to the Laser Isotope Separation Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
on the Faculty of the Operations Research Dept. at the Naval Postgraduate School, as Sr.
Operations Research Analyst on the F-16 Program at General Dynamics, and as Systems
Engineer, Sr. Staff in the Advanced Technology Center, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Company. He was cited, in writing, by the Chief Scientist of a major Lockheed Martin Space
Systems Program as having: "solved a critical problem that 10 engineers had been trying to
solve, unsuccessfully, for months prior to Ed's involvement". He is presently Local Technical
Lead of the Global ECCO project, which supports the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program
of The Office of The Secretary of Defense. Global ECCO is designed to foster collaboration
among international Combating Terrorism Professionals
Faculty Associate - Research
M.A., International Policy Analysis, Monterey Institute of International Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Rob Schroeder is a Faculty Associate for Research in the CORE Lab within the Defense Analysis Department and a PhD Student in the Information Sciences Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He is currently researching how to use open source information gathered largely from social media in order to understand and map the changing dynamics in conflict areas and exploring the use of network analysis to analyze maritime traffic patterns. He has presented some of this research at conferences (INFORMS and INSNA).
Kalev "Gunner" Sepp
Dr. Sepp is presently a Senior Lecturer in the Defense Analysis Department at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. From 2019 to 2020, he was Chair of the department.
Dr. Sepp served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, from 2007 to 2009. He was a member of the White House Counterterrorism Strategy Group, and was responsible for the Department of Defense global counterterrorism portfolio. This included policy oversight of all special operations world-wide, and formulation of the Department’s global counterterrorism strategy.
A former U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) officer, he earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and his Combat Infantryman Badge in the Salvadoran Civil War. Dr. Sepp also graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College with a Master’s degree in Military Art and Science. His unit assignments included the 82d Airborne Division, the 2d Ranger Battalion, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany, and the 2d Infantry Division in Korea, among others. He was an assistant professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and a resident scholar at Harvard University.
He served as an analyst and strategist in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as an expert member of the Baker-Hamilton Bipartisan Commission on Iraq, a.k.a. the Iraq Study Group.
While assigned in Iraq, Dr. Sepp wrote “Best Practices in Counterinsurgency,” later published in Military Review (May-June 2005), and reprinted in Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese. He is co-author of Weapon of Choice: U.S. Army Special Operations in Afghanistan, with R. Kiper, J. Schroder, and C. Briscoe (2003). He also authored chapters for Assessing War: The Challenge of Measuring Success and Failure (2015), Leadership: The Warrior’s Art (2001), War in Iraq: Planning and Execution (2007), Fuehrungsdenken in europaeischen und nordamerikanischen Steitkraeften im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (2001), A Global History of Relocation in Counterinsurgency Warfare (2020), and the NATO report, Counterinsurgency: The Challenge for NATO Strategy and Operations (2010), along with other articles, essays, reviews and studies.
Dr. Sepp was named one of “The Ten Most Influential Counterinsurgency Thinkers” in the United States by Foreign Policy magazine (2009). He has appeared on PBS Newshour, CNN, CNNi, BBC, MSNBC, CBS, National Public Radio and other national news programs. His sons – a Marine and an Army paratrooper, both captains – both served in Iraq.
Elizabeth "Libby" Skinner
Managing Editor, Combating Terrorism Exchange Journal (CTX)
Global ECCO Program
M.A., International Policy Studies and Russian Language, Monterey Institute of International Studies, email@example.com
Elizabeth Skinner became the editor of the Combating Terrorism Exchange (CTX), a quarterly peer-reviewed journal on international counterterrorism and irregular warfare, in April 2012. Ms. Skinner first joined NPS in 1996 as a research assistant in the National Security Affairs department, where she edited and managed the publication of several multi-author books on nuclear nonproliferation and security studies. She has a BA in Russian Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where she was also a fellow in the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
Bradley "BJ" Strawser
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Connecticut, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Bradley Strawser, himself a US Air Force veteran, received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut and has lectured on the ethics of war and peace, military ethics, bioethics, and development ethics throughout the United States and Europe. He has published in such peer-reviewed journals as Analysis, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Philosophia, Journal of Military Ethics, Public Affairs Quarterly, Journal of Human Rights, and Epoché. Dr. Strawser has published books with Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, and Routledge. He has also written widely in popular media such as the New York Times, the Guardian, 3 Quarks Daily, among other places, and has appeared on various NPR affiliates, the BBC World Service, and other media outlets. In addition, Dr. Strawser is the Founder and CEO of Compass Ethics, an organizational ethics consultancy where he regularly advises senior leadership of Fortune 500 Companies on issues of ethical risk, improving ethical culture, and successful ethical outcomes.
Ph.D., University of Oregon Political Science, email@example.com
Mr. John Tullius retired from the CIA in 2019 after serving three years as the Agency’s faculty Representative to NPS from 2016, when he intelligence-related classes on Covert Action, HUMINT, CPWMD and International Terrorism. Prior to his retirement, John held a variety of positions, including managing China S&T analysis, working overseas as the Iranian nuclear expert, managing a group of big data analysts, and then managing OSE’s bureaus in Europe and the Middle East during the Arab Spring, emergence of foreign fighters, and ISIS. John is also a Senior Vice President for Grist Mill Exchange, a company that provides unique commercially available datasets to government agencies. He is also a senior advisor to Orbis Operations, where he has helped a friendly foreign government develop a large OSINT and analytic department.
Ph.D., Political Science, George Washington University, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an assistant professor in the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School and a nonresident fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
I study issues at the intersection of nuclear proliferation, emerging technology, and regional security. My most recent publication, "Dual-Use Distinguishability: How 3D-Printing Shapes the Security Dilemma for Nuclear Programs," explores the effect of technological change on future proliferation dynamics. This article appears in the Journal of Strategic Studies as part of a special issue about the impact of emerging technologies on strategic stability.
My work has appeared in peer-review journals such as Security Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, and the Nonproliferation Review. I also write for general policy audiences in journals such as Foreign Affairs, the Washington Quarterly, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
I run the Counter-Proliferation Studies program and teach courses on coercive strategy and proliferation for NPS students in the Defense Analysis Department.
I live and work in Monterey County, California. In the past, I was a fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and then the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University
Prior to arriving in Monterey, I served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the International Conflict Research (ICR) group and the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) at ETH Zurich, and at Princeton’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, after graduating with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University, with concentrations in International Relations and Quantitative Methods. My research focuses on the study of international security, conflict processes, ethnic politics, statistical methods, and computational modeling. I am particularly interested in building new linkages between micro- and macro-level evidence in the study of armed conflict, both within and between states.
My first book project, The Breakdown of Peace, examines the political economy of symbolic national attachments and the emergence of domestic mass violence. The central argument is that the political pursuit of violent fragmentation is less likely to succeed in countries with strong mass media structures, because such structures generate opportunities for political entrepreneurs to successfully deploy inclusive mobilizational appeals on a national scale. This framework thus endogenizes the emergence of intra-state security dilemmas, by describing the structural conditions under which divided group loyalties are more likely to emerge. It also overturns much of the conventional wisdom concerning the relationship between media and collective violence by demonstrating that mass communication networks, which have frequently been blamed for stoking inter-group animosities, can actually serve as powerful forces for domestic peace and stability.
Concurrently, I am also developing independent and collaborative projects on alliance formation, nationalism, war severity, and the emergence of the modern state system.
Assistant Professor, Quantitative Social Scientist
Ph.D., Cultural Evolution and Human Behavioral Ecology, University of California, Davis, email@example.com
In my research I use mathematical models and ethnographic field research to understand human culture, cooperation, and conflict – especially in the contexts of political organization and war. I also have conducted ethnographic fieldwork with Turkana pastoralist warriors in northwest Kenya. They also have a high degree of combat exposure – with about half of adult male mortality due to combat in cattle raids. I am interested in how Turkana organization for war has influenced their susceptibility to combat stress and moral injury. I have interviewed hundreds of warriors about their combat experiences, moral beliefs about warfare, combat stress symptoms, and moral injury.
Before starting as an assistant professor at NPS I was a Donald R. Beall Defense Fellow in my department. Before that I was a postdoctoral research fellow at ASU’s Institute of Human Origins and a member of the Adaptation, Behavior, Culture and Society research group in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and, before that, earned by PhD at the University of California, Davis in the Cultural Evolution and Human Behavioral Ecology Labs.
I am also a US Air Force veteran with six years of service as a civil engineering officer with deployments to the UAE and Afghanistan.