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Virtual SGL with ADM William McRaven, USN (Ret)

Admiral William McRaven, USN (ret.), will be the next speaker featured in the NPS Secretary ot the Navy Guest Lecture series. At a time when the health of the United States economy has become even more important and addressing the domestic and international challenges we face requires business and government to work together more closely than ever, Admiral McRaven will focus on leadership. "Leadership from the Battlefield to the Boardroom" will be the subject of his presentation and the Q & A to follow. We are pleased to share that this virtual dialogue is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (PST). We invite you to watch this live presentation and Q & A or, if your schedule does not permit, view the archived version in the days following. You can access this presentation quite simply, you will not be required to sign-in, as the link will take you directly to the site. View the talk at htttp://

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CHDS Continues to Provide COVID-19 Resources


The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) continues its Executive Education Program (EEP) with two upcoming webinars.During the COVID-19 response, the CHDS EEP is working with experts from around the globe to provide real-time educational opportunities, identify emergent practices, and develop resources to support executives, practitioners, and educators during the pandemic. Recent webinars are available here.

On June 10, Dr. Sheri Fink (Pulitzer Prize winning author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital) will discuss her recent experiences embedded in New York hospitals during the COVID-19 response and the ethical dilemmas presented by this crisis. Register here.

On June 17, "What Does Strategic Planning For Reopening Look Like When You Cannot Strategically Plan?" will be a panel discussion on how organizations are planning and determining policies for reopening and resumption of business in the "new normal" when science, data, and public expectations are changing daily. Register here.

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CHDS has also compiled thousands of resources related to COVID-19 in a public collection here.

Glen Woodbury, CHDS Director, is quoted in an U.S. News & World Report article regarding homeland security and emergency management degrees.


CLO Offers Insight on COVID-19 Effects on Higher Education

Navy Chief Learning Officer John Kroger offered ten predictions of the effects of COVID-19 on the future of higher learning. Read more. In his February 2020 visit to NPS, CLO Kroger spoke of the importance of ongoing education for military leaders and the potential for online courses. Read more.


The Big Ideas Exchange (BIX) began on May 27th with five presentations from students at NPS, the Naval War College, and Marine Corps University. Those presentations of current research are available on the school's YouTube Channel. The BIX continues on June 3rd with live broadcast of more presentations starting at 11:00 AM PDT. Join the event hereRead more.


On May 12, Assistant Secretary of the Navy James Geurts announced Monterey as the location of one of six new Tech Bridges. The Central Coast (C2) NavalX Tech Bridge will be directed by NPS Associate Dean of Research for Technology Development Christopher Manuel. Read more.


NPSAAF Corporate Engagement

As part of its efforts to support the strategic priorities of the Naval Postgraduate School, the NPSAAF has embarked on an effort of corporate engagement. To further the school's achievements in the targeted areas of Artificial Intelligence, Cyber, Autonomy, and Additive Manufacturing, the foundation is working to establish relationships with key businesses. Private industry support will further advance the extraordinary educational experience at NPS and provide opportunities for research collaboration between NPS students and faculty and industry experts. The effort will also facilitate corporate gifting of technology that will support research on campus.


Meet the NPSAAF Advisory Council

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


Dan Quayle served as the 44th Vice President of the United States and as a Representative and Senator for the state of Indiana. He is also an attorney and author. Read more.


Admiral Henry Mauz, Jr. retired after a 35-year career in the Navy with commands ranging from Operation Desert Shield to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. A former President of the NPS Alumni Association & Foundation, ADM Mauz resides in Pebble Beach. Read more.


Admiral Thomas Fargo, USN (Retired), commanded the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), the largest unified command and had multiple assignments in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He serves on several boards of directors, including the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. Read more.


ADM William McRaven, USN (Retired), was the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as well as the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is the former Chancellor of the University of Texas at Austin and an author. Read more.


Each quarter, NPSAAF awards select NPS faculty and students based on exceptional leadership and academic abilities. The spring awards ceremony was prevented by safety restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but each recipient will still receive their award. Congratulations to each of our twelve most recent foundation award recipents:

The Outstanding United States Air Force Graduate Award, Department of National Security Affairs - Major Kasey King, USAF

The Warren Randolph Church Award for Excellence in Mathematics - LT Alexander Gutzler, USN

The International Student Award for Excellence in Regional or Security Studies - LTC Ronald Pietrowsky, German Air Force, and LCDR Dimitrios Vogiatzis, Hellenic Navy

The Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Regional Security Studies - Major Peter Rodriguez, USMCand LCDR Jacques Suyderhoud, USN

The Louis D. Liskin Award for Academic Excellence in the Graduate School of Defrense Management - LCDR Callan T. Walsh, USN

The Louis D. Liskin Award for Teaching Excellence in the Graduate School of Defense Management - Dr. Ryan Sullivan

The NPS Foudation/U.S. Naval Institute Essay Contest Winner - CW3 Richard Manley, USA Special Forces

The RADM John J. Schieffelin Award for Teaching Excellence - Dr. Christopher Smithtro

LCDR David L. Williams Outstanding Professor Award for the School of International Graduate Studies - Dr. Afshon Ostovar

The Gary Laughlin Patriot Award - Major Ryan Tice, USMC

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