The HERG – Operational Readiness Center

The Human Enhancement Research Group (HERG) is an organization functioning as a center for research and innovation in the field of human enhancement. It takes a proactive stance utilizing student and faculty research in human enhancement to keep our service members combat-ready and to prolong health and advance capabilities.

Setting it apart from other military programs, the HERG emphasizes applied research within the domains of behavioral, cognitive, physical, ethics of war, moral and cognitive dissonance, organizational psychology, and personal leadership development. The HERG’s focus on individual readiness and collaborative research will improve combat effectiveness, now and into the future, with a strong, educated, agile, resilient, and longer-serving force.



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The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Foundation & Alumni Association is dedicated to supporting NPS, our nation's premier military graduate institution. Some of the best and brightest military officers come here to learn how to overcome global challenges, and at the foundation, we aim to elevate their experience. By funding defense innovation research and supporting both student programs and NPS initiatives, we prepare our next generation of military leaders to best serve and protect our country.

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Our alumni association offers graduates a way to stay connected to the mission of NPS and to foster professional and personal relationships within a network of 50,000+ distinguished professionals.

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Innovation as a Strategic Imperative
Dr. Steven Blank from Stanford University and NPS Professor of Practice retired Capt. Jeff Kline highlight the complementary efforts by Stanford and the Naval Postgraduate School to educate the next generation of innovation leaders in national security.