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Discover the available opportunities for collaboration and critical areas of research for your partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School and the NPS Foundation.

Opportunities for Collaboration

Fund Research

Leverage your internal research and development funds (IRAD) and other corporate funding to sponsor research at NPS. This enhances the ability of your organization to identify new uses of existing products and specific use cases for new products and services. Additionally, it will accelerate the adoption of programs of record across the DOD.
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Collaborate on Proposals

Partner with NPS to respond to DOD calls for proposals and make a more competitive bid. When your organization’s subject matter experts work with NPS subject matter experts, you can leverage the talent of the faculty and the students to make your bid proposals stronger. A winning bid will expand the opportunity for collaboration, enhance the bottom line for your organization, and showcase the ability of NPS to deliver solutions that matter.
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Provide Subject Matter Experts

Provide subject matter experts across a variety of topics to bring their cutting-edge expertise into the classroom, while gaining an invaluable perspective on the challenges and opportunities of supporting our national defense. The cost of the industry chair to your organization would be the cost of the expert’s salary and benefits.
Post-doctoral researchers can be designated by your organization for service at NPS or funded through a separate endowment. Post-doctoral researchers play a critical part of attracting the high caliber expert that NPS needs and would enhance the value of a Visiting Distinguished Professor. Leverage top talent and create an on-ramp for technology experts to join your organization.
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Experiment

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Do you have cutting-edge technology and want to better understand how the DOD might use it? Through a collaborative agreement, your organization can provide the technology to NPS for multidisciplinary groups to explore its capabilities and technical vulnerabilities. Depending on the resourcing and agreement, your organization could retain all IP developed through the process or share the IP with the DOD as appropriate.
Participate in the quarterly Joint Interagency Field Experimentation Program at the Naval Postgraduate School. The JIFX program exists to provide an opportunity for NPS faculty, students, private companies, and academia to demonstrate and evaluate new technologies related to the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense research in an operational field environment, and also to provide the operational community the opportunity to experiment with these technologies to better understand the capabilities that they may represent.

Build Community

Many corporations have a significant philanthropy arm. Outreach will support student programs and NPS community events such as Discover Day at NPS.
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Submit an Operational Challenge

The Naval Warfare Studies Institute is your map to the research and innovation ecosystem at Naval Postgraduate School. NWSI connects efforts at the Naval Postgraduate School to deliver:
  • Interdisciplinary research and education
  • Implementable, tactical solutions
  • Unclassified and classified research capabilities
  • World-class student researchers—operationally experienced, superior critical and creative thinkers
  • Innovations in warfare concepts and capabilities
The NPS ecosystem of warrior-scholars, defense-expert faculty, and industry partners will work together to solve the most pressing challenges of the Naval services and the nation. Submit your operational naval or marine challenge to the NWSI team.
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Opportunities by Critical Focus Area

Advanced Manufacturing & Materials

Advanced materials explore innovative new materials and novel manufacturing techniques that can dramatically improve many of the DOD's capabilities. Materials that have higher strength, lighter weight, higher efficiency, and can handle more extreme temperatures will have the potential to better protect our service members and enhance their ability to accomplish their missions.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Center for Additive Manufacturing
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Artificial Intelligence & Autonomy

Artificial Intelligence holds tremendous promise to improve the ability and function of nearly all systems and operations. Trusted AI with trusted autonomous systems are imperative to dominate future conflicts. As AI, machine learning, and autonomous operations continue to mature, the DOD will focus on evidence-based AI-assurance and enabling operational effectiveness.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Consortium for Intelligent Systems Education and Research (CISER)
Data Science and Analytics Group
Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER)
Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research
Unmanned Vehicles and Autonomous Systems Working Group
NWSI Research Task Force: Hybrid Force 2045
The Sea Land Air Military Research (SLAMR) Initiative
Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX)
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Directed Energy

Directed energy systems will allow our joint forces to counter a wide variety of current and emerging threats with rapid responses and engagement at the speed of light. High-power lasers and high-power microwave technologies both offer new ways to counter diverse sets of threats.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Energy Academic Group
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Future Generation Wireless Technology

FutureG is a suite of emerging wireless network technologies enabled by DoD and commercial industry cooperation to enable military operations and ensure a free and open internet. As Fifth Generation (5G) wireless technology is adopted and provides building blocks for capability, the DoD will also look to FutureG for leap-ahead technologies to lead in creating future standards. The Department will invest in FutureG technology development to lay the groundwork for continued United States leadership in information technology, which is vital for maintaining our economic and national security.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
The Sea Land Air Military Research (SLAMR) Initiative
SLAMR's Secure Maritime Initiative 5G
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Gaming, Experimentation, Modeling, & Simulations (GEMS)

GEMS capabilities are increasingly important in today’s highly competitive and dynamic strategic environment associated with the return to great power competition. GEMS technologies and capabilities have improved greatly as developments in computing power, graphics, and other enablers have accelerated. GEMS technologies and capabilities provide cost effective and innovative ways to test new ideas and concepts, design and prototype new systems, model military campaigns, conduct geopolitical analysis, and provide training to improve warfighter readiness and performance. The increased use of GEMS is necessary to ensure that the DOD is able to meet future challenges in training, systems development, acquisition, training, deterrence, and warfighting.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
"Modeling Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Institute
Monterey Phoenix
SEED Center for Data Farming
NWSI Wargaming Center
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Human-Machine Interfaces (AR/VR)

Rapid advancements in human-machine interface technologies will have a multitude of benefits for our service members. Highly immersive realistic training environments provide real-time feedback to enhance warfighter performance. Intuitive 5 interactive human-machine interfaces enable rapid mission planning and mission command by providing a common operational picture to geographically distributed operations.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Consortium for Intelligent Systems Education and Research (CISER)
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Hypersonics

Hypersonics dramatically shorten the timeline to strike a target and increase unpredictability. While strategic competitors are pursuing and rapidly fielding advanced hypersonic missiles, the DOD is developing leap-ahead and cost-effective technologies for our air, land, and sea operational forces.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Turbopropulsion Laboratory
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Integrated Networks

Integrated Network Systems-of-Systems technology encompasses the capability to communicate, provide real-time dissemination of information across the DOD, and effective command and control in a contested electromagnetic environment. Integrated Network Systems-of-Systems capability must enable engagements by any sensor and shooter, with the ability to integrate disparate systems. An interoperable network that leverages emerging capabilities across the electromagnetic spectrum such as 5G, software defined networking and radios, and modern information exchange techniques will allow the DOD to better integrate many diverse mission systems and provide fully networked command, control, and communication that is capable, resilient, and secure.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX)
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Cyber

To provide advantage for the joint force in highly contested environments, the Department must develop wideband sensors to operate at the intersection of cyber space, electronic warfare, radar, and communications. Sensors must be able to counter advanced threats and can no longer be stove-piped and single function.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Cyber Academic Group (CAG)
Center for Cyber Warfare
Center for Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations (C3O)
Center for Information Warfare and Innovation
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Quantum Science & Technologies

From more accurate information to faster decision making, to significantly stronger encryption capabilities, quantum science has the promise to deliver cutting-edge technology. Defense applications include atomic clocks, quantum sensors, quantum computing, and quantum networks. Quantum science promises to enable leap-ahead capabilities. Quantum computing can provide unprecedented computational speeds and help solve the DOD's hardest analytical problems. Quantum sensors promise the ability to provide unprecedented accuracy in position, navigation, and timing.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Physics Department
Computer Science Department
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Expeditionary Energy

From more efficient batteries to diversifying energy sources and reduced fuel transportation risks, renewable energy generation and storage will add resilience and flexibility in a contested logistics environment. Renewable energy generation and storage includes solar wind, bio-based and geothermal technologies, advanced energy storage, electronic engines, and power grid integration. Renewable energy generation and storage promises to decrease warfighter vulnerability and deliver new operational capabilities for the DOD.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Energy Academic Group
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Space

Space technologies include space flight, space communication and other technologies needed to maintain space operations. With rising threats and increasing dependence on space-based systems, our nation's space strategy must shift away from exquisite satellites to a more robust and proliferated architecture. Novel space technologies are necessary to enable resilient cross-domain operations. We must incorporate technologies that enhance the DOD's adaptive and reconfigurable capabilities in space situational awareness, space control, communication path diversity, on-orbit processing, and autonomy.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Space Systems Academic Group
Spacecraft Research and Design Center (SRDC)
Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory (SRL)
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Undersea Warfare

The NPS Undersea Warfare curriculum offers students the opportunity to study the fundamental principles that apply to the design, performance, and employment of sensors, unmanned vehicles, and tactics in the undersea environment. The program combines electrical and mechanical engineering, mathematics, oceanography, physics, and operations research into a multidisciplinary program of study.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Undersea Warfare Academic Group
Consortium for Intelligent Systems Education and Research (CISER)
Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER)
Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research
Unmanned Vehicles and Autonomous Systems Working Group
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Readiness

A Navy that is manned, trained, and equipped to deploy forward and win in day-to-day competition, in crisis, and in conflict.
NPS Capabilities:
Naval readiness requires efficient defense management processes and an operationally informed perspective on the varied possibilities that may occur in deployment/combat.
NPS’ Department of Defense Management provides research and education that routinely analyzes how core business processes such as supply chain management, acquisition, and logistics function today and can be improved in the future.
The NPS wargaming center works with DoD, allies, and partners to explore how the Navy can lead in diverse scenarios.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Acquisition Research Program
NWSI Wargaming Center
Dept. of Defense Management
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Capabilities

A Navy capable of projecting synchronized lethal and non-lethal effects across all domains.
NPS capabilities:
The NPS campus offers numerous laboratories, experimentation spaces, and classified research facilities where faculty, students, and partners from DoD and industry develop the next generation of naval capabilities. In alignment with the NAVPLAN Implementation Framework (NIF), NPS research and education assesses and suggests improvements to how the Navy shoots, maneuvers, defends, and resupplies. Many of the NPS capabilities listed here are constantly engaged with the four enablers to these Naval capabilities: Naval Operational Architecture, unmanned systems, live virtual constructive learning, and artificial intelligence.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
NWSI Research Task Forces
Nimitz Research Group (Indo-Pacific)
Bucklew Research Group (Special Operation)
Naval Research Program
Modeling Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Institute
Monterey Phoenix
SEED Center for Data Farming
Center for Additive Manufacturing
Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX)
Sea Land Air Military Research (SLAMR) Initiative
Consortium for Intelligent Systems Education and Research (CISER)
Data Science and Analytics Group
Cyber Academic Group
Energy Academic Group
Turbopropulsion Laboratory
Center for Cyber Warfare
Center for Information Warfare and Innovation
Space Systems Academic Group
Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory (SRL)
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Capacity

A larger, hybrid fleet of manned and unmanned platforms – under, on, and above the sea – that meets the strategic and operational demands of our force.
NPS CAPABILITIES:
NPS has numerous research activities, curricula, interdisciplinary groups, and experimentation events focused on the structure of the naval fleet and the capabilities of uncrewed platforms.
NWSI’s Hybrid Force Research Task Force holds interdisciplinary innovation workshops that generate research-based concepts that influence NPS capstone classes, research topics, experimentation, wargaming, and prototyping efforts.
The Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) provides a DoD-wide community of interest, headquartered on the NPS campus, that conducts and applies research and experimentation on unmanned systems in military and naval operations.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
NWSI Research Task Forces
Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER)
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Talent Management

A dominant naval force that can outthink and outfight any adversary. Our Sailors will remain the best trained and educated force in the world. We will cultivate a culture of warfighting excellence rooted in our core values.
NPS Capabilities:
NPS’ rigorous curriculum is continually adapted to prepare defense professionals with knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to compete in the information age.
Students frequently participate in hands-on workshops, laboratories, and technology experimentation events. They hear firsthand from intellectual leaders in the military community, both in the classroom and at regularly scheduled guest lectures, where they are encouraged to add their perspective for debate and discussion.
The NPS wargaming center works with DoD, allies, and partners to explore how the Navy can lead in diverse scenarios.
NPS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS FOCUS AREA:
Acquisition Research Program
NWSI Wargaming Center
Dept. of Defense Management
NPS' Big Idea Exchange (BIX)
NWSI Seapower Conversations
NWSI Warfare Innovation Workshops
Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture Series
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