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NPS Foundation Research Report


Supporting research at the Naval Postgraduate School is one of our top priorities. The NPSAAF Research Report for 2020 is now available for review. The report highlights faculty and student research, as well as the key NPS research priorities in artificial intelligence, cyber, autonomy, and innovation.

View the report as a Flipbook.

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Corporate Partnership Update

Over the last several months, the Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association and Foundation provided critical support in developing strategic corporate partnerships for the Naval Postgraduate School. With the assistance of the Foundation’s Advisory Council, we created conditions for strategic partnerships around 5G, Additive Manufacturing, Quantum Technology, and Artificial Intelligence. Some of the corporate partnerships were in development before the Advisory Council was formed in January 2020, but all have been enhanced by the committed work of the Foundation and our Advisory Council members. Perhaps most importantly, NPS developed transparent and repeatable procedures for developing strategic corporate partnerships across all of their priority areas. The NPS Alumni Association and Foundation and our Advisory Council are proud to support the development of these strategic corporate partnerships.

For more information on the NPS partnerships with QualComm, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, click here.

Spring Quarter Graduation

Spring quarter graduates were honored with several videos to mark their accomplishments on June 12. Though a graduation ceremony could not be held, recorded remarks were shared by President Ann Rondeau, Dean of Students CAPT Markus Gudmundsson, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Michael Gilday. Members of the NPS community also recorded messages for the graduates, as did some foundation Advisors. Read more.

View the videos.


Virtual SGL on 5G


Join us on Tuesday, July 21, at noon PDT for a Virtual Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture featuring NPS Hall of Fame Alumni retired General Keith Alexander and retired Vice Admiral Jan Tighe. The topic of discussion will be 5G: A Grand Economic CompetitionRead more.

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Meet the NPSAAF Advisory Council

We continue our profiles this month with four more of our Advisors.


Mr. Ron Moultrie is a Senior Advisor for Resolute Public Affairs. In over three decades of public service, he served as a member of CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service (SIS), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the United States military as a Russian Linguist, and as NSA’s Director of Operations. Mr. Moultrie serves on a number of Boards and is very actively engaged in charitable activities. Read more.


As a career cryptologist, Vice Admiral Jan Tighe served around the globe in leadership positions for both the Navy and the National Security Agency, specializing in Signals Intelligence and Cyber Operations. She serves on several boards most recently joining the Board of Trustees for the MITRE Corporation, the Board of Directors for the U.S Naval Academy Foundation, and the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation Advisory Council. Read more.


Mr. James Hebenstreit is the chairman and CEO of Bartlett and Company. Before joining Bartlett and Company, he was with Commerce Bancshares for five years and has been a director of Commerce now for over 25 years. Mr. Hebenstreit is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, and served three years in the Navy, ending his active duty tour as a Lieutenant. Read more.


Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., USN Retired, is the former Commander of the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). Since retiring from the military, Admiral Ellis has been the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institiute at Stanford University. Read more.


Defense Analysis Student wins USNI Essay Contest


The NPS Foundation/USNI Annual Essay Contest encourages writing for publication and critical thinking among students, faculty, and staff. The winner of this year's contest is Chief Warrant Officer 3 Richard Manley, a U.S. Army Special Forces student in the Defense Analysis Department. A 16-year veteran, he has spent the majority of his career in the 1st Special Forces Group focused on operations in the Indo-Pacific region. He will graduate in December and return to 1st Group.

CW3 Manley's essay began as a paper written for Dr. Tristan Volpe's class in Deterrence in his first quarter at NPS. CW3 Manley's thesis research is focused on the use of Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) as a way to strengthen U.S. relationships with partner nations. These short, targeted exercises are a platform to train with a partner nation's military and build allies. His essay focuses on the potential to effect Chinese actions in the South China Sea through JCET exercises with the Philippine Marines at the Second Thomas Shoal and other maritime assets. These precise interactions allow for targeted engagement with specific nations and can be applied throughout each region of operation by Special Operations Forces.

In his year at NPS, CW3 Manley has benefitted from the academic environment through the relationships with other students. The time away from the train/deploy/recover cycle has allowed for more personal interaction with those in his area of expertise and outside it. He finds it "outstandingly beneficial" to know what fellow students are working on. He has also capitalized on the free time to connect with his family by enjoying the state and and national parks in the area.

Read the essay.


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