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Naval Innovation Center
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VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF THE NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL 

In order to best educate and prepare NPS students for 21st century warfare, a modern, state-of-the art, educational venue is required. The Naval Innovation Center at NPS, will enable multi-disciplinary, project-based learning that creates warfighting solutions at the speed of relevance.
Combining the latest in architectural initiatives and immersive technology, the Naval Innovation Center at NPS will be an incubator for advanced warfighting solutions up to the classified level. Investing in the Naval Innovation Center today will yield highly impactful warfighting dividends, essential to US security in the 21st century.
STRENGTHEN NPS CORE
NPS’ core curricula must develop the technical competencies necessary for mid-career professionals in their primary warfighting duties. Faculty will have more flexibility to develop curricula that is modular, accessible and pushing the edge of pedagogical innovation.
ENHANCE NPS COMPETITIVENESS
Advanced new technologies, not available anywhere else in the DOD, will provide unique problem-solving capabilities for multidisciplinary teams of military professionals, industry, and academia.
INCREASE NPS IMPACT
NPS will be fully optimized as the Department of the Navy’s applied research university by accelerating concepts to capability by complementing where the Navy is focusing its R&D Investment.

The
Naval Postgraduate School

The Naval Postgraduate School offers world-class graduate degree programs to eligible U.S. military students, international students, and DOD civilian employees. These experienced warfighters work alongside expert faculty on interdisciplinary technologies to solve today’s toughest challenges facing the military, while ensuring the technological leadership of tomorrow’s uniformed services.

The Naval Postgraduate School is focused on becoming the Nation’s leading institution for defense higher education and applied research, delivering transformative solutions and innovative leaders for decisive advantage. As a part of this effort, the NPS Foundation engaged Applied Minds (AMI) to support the creation of a forward-leaning vision for the school, and to design an innovative facility to turn that vision into reality.

The Naval Innovation Center at
the Naval Postgraduate School

THE FUTURE OF WARFARE IS CHANGING.
Tomorrow’s conflicts will be more integrated, autonomous, and agile than any in our history. Already, our nation’s adversaries exploit the seams between domains to disrupt and preempt effective action. This myriad of threats requires the US military to be able to deter and defeat enemies in multiple domains: sea, sub-sea, air, land, space and cyber. Victory in multi-domain battle, across the range of military operations, requires naval forces manned, trained and equipped to achieve competitive overmatch against our foes. The divisions that may have once served to professionalize the force now hinder the ability of the Department of Defense to integrate complex systems to dominate a distributed battlespace.
THE US WILL WIN FUTURE WARS BY OUTTHINKING OUR ENEMIES.
The Naval Postgraduate School is the only graduate institution in the nation that serves, develops, and educates students with operational experience. NPS is one of the few places in the world where warfighters work alongside expert faculty on interdisciplinary new technologies to solve the toughest challenges facing the military. To build on its long legacy in graduating future leaders of the Navy and the joint forces, NPS is undergoing a transformation to produce students who adapt to a highly uncertain future and who can accomplish complex, multi-domain missions.
THIS VISION, SUSTAINED BY THE RIGHT PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT, WILL ENABLE NPS TO FORGE A FUTURE WHERE THE SCHOOL’S STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE CENTRAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE NAVAL AND JOINT FORCES.

The Facility

The vision for the future of the Naval Postgraduate School will be launched from, and grounded within, a new physical facility. Deliberately designed to prioritize collaboration, hands-on experimentation, advanced analytics, autonomous technologies, increasingly classified work and immersive demonstrations, this facility will be optimized to create solutions with direct relevance to the fleet, while sustaining long-term thinking for the future of the Navy and broader Department of Defense.

The Naval Innovation Center reflects NPS’ commitment to ensuring long-term energy security, efficiency and environmental stewardship as the Navy’s science and technology research university.

The design of the Naval Innovation Center at NPS was guided by the goals and strategies that the US Green Building Council laid out in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The facility will use the latest architectural initiatives to ensure resource efficiency encompassing renewable energy systems and reusable and recyclable water and materials.

Goals include:
• Reduce the contribution to global climate change • Enhance individual human health • Protect and restore water resources • Protect and enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services • Promote sustainable and regenerative material cycles
Rendered image of a large underwater dome. There are approximately thirty people standing on different levels inside and there is a large curved window looking out into water with multiple projected screens on the window
Rendering of a room with many people dressed in military uniform sitting at computers. There are multiple screens on the wall and some people are looking at them. There are a few people walking around and there's a large whiteboard with a large table, some of the cells are filled with red
Rendering of a person on a rounded stage talking to people seated in auditorium seats around the stage. The person presenting is wearing a suit and is pointing to the screen behind them, where there are many torpedo looking objects of different colors, shapes, and sizes. There is also a long yellow torpedo looking object on stage behind the speaker.
Rendering of a large, multipurpose room. Five people are seated at curved, long tables looking at a person standing next to a screen with multiple windows open with different information. In the distance there is another set of long tables with another whiteboard in front of them.
Front view of Applied Design Center For Technology
Modeling and Simulation Immersion Center:
  • Immersive visualization domes
  • Supporting rooms/labs
Rapid Prototyping Lab
Auditorium and conference area
Outdoor amphitheater in landscape
Telepresence pods for virtual and blended learning
Collaborative reconfigurable rooms, conference rooms, and informal gathering areas
Wargaming Center
Breakout rooms and collaboration areas
Combat Innovation Center
Multi-disciplinary / shared workshop spaces
Interdisciplinary, multipurpose action labs
Permanent and touring exhibit spaces
Surge and Response Labs
Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI), Special Access Program (SAP) capable spaces
  • Multi-level Sensitive
  • Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF)
  • Classrooms
  • Mission Operations Center (MOC)
  • Conference rooms
  • Action labs
  • Secure video conferencing rooms
THE NAVAL INNOVATION CENTER AT NPS WILL BECOME THE HUB OF A GLOBAL NETWORK OF PEOPLE AND FACILITIES THAT WILL EXTEND ITS REACH AND IMPACT FAR BEYOND ITS PHYSICAL WALLS.
Interdisciplinary
Applied
Classified
Collaborative

National Security is a Shared Responsibility.

The Naval Innovation Center at NPS relies on a network of stakeholders with equity in the technological advancement of our military, a transformation in professional military education, and our Nation maintaining an intellectual and technological edge over our adversaries. As a jointly-resourced initiative, the Naval Innovation Center will require funding from government entities as well as private donations and corporate partners to outfit the facility with state-of-the-art technology. The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation has invested over $1.5 Million in the planning and development of the Naval Innovation Center vision and schematic designs.