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Naval Postgraduate School, NATO Partner to Build Transparency, Efficiency in Defense Institutions

Naval Postgraduate School, NATO Partner to Build Transparency, Efficiency in Defense Institutions

Cost Benefit Analysis Workshop Delivered in Montenegro

NPS faculty recently delivered a “Building Integrity in Defense Acquisition: Cost Benefit Analysis” workshop to staff from the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces of Montenegro. The workshop was held  at the Danilovgrad Barracks near Podgorica,  24-26 September 2012.  The three-day workshop was designed to support the objective of building integrity and increasing transparency in defense procurement and acquisition processes by describing the rational decision-making approach of Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA). The hands-on workshop provided participants with increased knowledge and practical tools to understand the CBA process, as well as to prepare and present a CBA.

Developing Stressor Scenarios for Peace Operations through Experimentation

Researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) participated in the 25th International Data Farming Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey from September 17 – 21, 2012.  The workshop was sponsored by the Turkish War Colleges, Ataturk Wargaming and Convention Center and was held in conjunction with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Modeling and Simulation Task Group (MSG-088) Meeting 9.  Workshop objectives facilitate international collaboration for exploring diverse military and global security issues.

USPTC Program Office Enables Fiscal Policy Tri-Lateral Workshop for NPS Faculty

The U.S. Department of State and the Naval Postgraduate School’s United States Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC) Program Office partnered with the Government of Brazil to co-host a two-day Domestic Finance for Development (DF4D) policy workshop.  In an October 24 joint statement, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazil’s Minister of External Relations Antonio de Aguiar Patriota praised the policy development workshop held October 9-10 in Brasilia.

UN Peacekeeping Application and Administrative Support Workshop Held in Kyrgyzstan

Representatives from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the Bosnia and Herzegovina Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), and the UN Force Generation and Logistics Operations Sections collaborated to instruct a United Nations’ Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO) Application and Administrative Support Workshop, conducted from October 1 – 4 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

EUCOM Recognizes NPS Professor, Student for Humanitarian Assistance Research

As the designated U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) develops programs with a focus on preventing conflict, establishing capabilities, and building capacity for the U.S. armed forces and international partners. In recognition of those efforts, Assistant Professor of Operations Research Dr. Ned Dimitrov, and recently graduated student Lt. Meredith Dozier, were both presented U.S. European Command (EUCOM) Certificates of Appreciation, June 25, for their outstanding work analyzing authorities and methods of transporting donated goods into the EUCOM area of responsibility (AOR).

Naval Postgraduate School’s San Diego Outreach Office Moves to New Location

After nearly 10 years in the same spot at Naval Base San Diego, the Naval Postgraduate School’s San Diego Distributed Programs Office (DPO) will be moving to a new location across base – the facility opened for classes and business as usual, July 5.

Cost Benefit Analysis Seminar Attended by BiH Parliamentary Committee Members

Members of the Joint Committee on Defence and Security of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Parliamentary Assembly attended the Building Integrity in Cost Benefit Analysis, June 20 – 22, in Sarajevo at the BiH Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC).

Saudi Ministry of Defense Representatives Explore NPS

A delegation of six senior officers from Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense along with Naval Postgraduate School officials are briefed by Naval War College Monterey program Chairman Dr. Fred Drake on how Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) is delivered to NPS students. The Saudi delegation visited NPS on May 24-25 to learn more about NPS' graduate education and short course opportunities.

NATO School and USPTC Cyber Partnership Continues

The “Network Security” course concluded its final week in early May in Oberammergau, Germany, at the NATO School.  Instructed by JD Fulp, Senior Lecturer of Computer Science in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Science at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the completion of the 10-week course marks the first time this course has been taught at the NATO School and the second one taught in partnership with NPS, the designated U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC).

NATO Allied Command Transformation Deputy Chief of Staff Visits NPS

Maj. Gen. Mark Barrett (USAF), Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy, NATO Allied Command Transformation, visited the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)—the designated U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC)—on Monday, Mar. 12.  During his visit, he spoke about NATO with some of the NPS School of International Graduate School students studying the Eurasia region.  In his talk, he focused on the upcoming Summit taking place in Chicago, May 21, and how Allied Command Transformation is helping NATO adapt and innovate in a challenging security environment.   

Retired Flag Officer Assumes Command of NPS' National Capital Region Outreach

Retired Rear Adm. Moira N. Flanders is briefed by program managers and leadership within NPS' United States Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC) Program Office during a campus visit, Feb. 17. Flanders recently became the director of NPS' National Capital Region (NCR) outreach office in Washington, D.C. Flanders participated in several briefings with campus leaders and organizations during last week's visit.

MIO Workshop defines 2012 Experiment Goals

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX) held the 2012 Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) planning workshop on campus from February 7-8, 2012.

Boosting training and education with NATO's partners

Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTEC) play an essential role in supporting NATO’s objectives for partnership with non-member countries.

CENTCOM Deputy Commander Briefed on the Value of Military Education Partnerships

Vice Adm. Robert Harward, Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM),  met with several Foreign Area Officers (FAO) and Regional Affairs Strategists from NPS and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center during a discussion in Glasgow Auditorium, Jan. 23. About 40 officers in total, mostly Army and Air Force, who are now learning Arabic and preparing to operate in the CENTCOM area of responsibility got to meet their future boss face to face for a unique question and answer session. Two NPS FAO students also provided Harward with a presentation on their master's thesis projects.

SOUTHCOM Commander Gen. Douglas Fraser Briefs NPS Regional Studies Students, FAOs

Naval Postgraduate School students in the National Security Affairs Western Hemisphere curriculum and regional Foreign Area Officers gathered in Glasgow Hall on the university campus for a detailed briefing on the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) from the Commander himself, Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, Jan. 23.

Expanding Outreach in the AFRICOM AOR

On January 9 – 11, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)—the designated U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC)—hosted a visit by Mr. Mike Casciaro, Chief of the Security Cooperation Programs Division in the Strategy, Plans, and Programs Directorate (J5) at U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), located in Stuttgart, Germany.

Short Course Gives Foreign Officers Crash Course in Advanced Electronic Warfare

Thirteen foreign officers from four different countries participated in the three-week technical workshop of advanced subjects in electronic warfare, organized in partnership by the School of International Graduate Studies, and the Center for Joint Services Electronic Warfare (CJSEW).

NPS Explores Joint Research, Education Programs with India’s Peer Defense Institutions

A new and promising partnership between NPS and India’s peer defense institutions has emerged in response to U.S. leaders calling for collaboration between the two countries. Last year, President Barack Obama recognized India as a growing global force, and a U.S. ally in meeting the challenges of the future.

Senior BiH Mine Action Community Leaders meet for Roundtable

Senior Mine Action community leaders met in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), from September 15 – 16 for a Roundtable coordinated by the Naval Postgraduate School, in its capacity as the designated U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC).

BiH Parliamentary Committee Members attend Building Integrity Seminar

Members of the Joint Committee on Defence and Security of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Parliamentary Assembly attended the Building Integrity in Defense Acquisition (BIDA) Seminar September 15 – 16 in Sarajevo at the BiH Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC).

Building Integrity in Peace Support Operations (BIPSO) Pilot Workshop Held

The Building Integrity in Peace Support Operations (BIPSO) pilot workshop was held September 19 – 23 at the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC) in Sarajevo.

UN Peacekeeping Operations Course held in Kyrgyzstan

Instructors from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the Bosnia and Herzegovina Peace Support Operations Training Centre, and the Finnish Defence Forces International Centre—all NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Centers (PTCs)— collaborated to instruct a United Nations’ Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) course from September 12 – 23 at the Kyrgyz Separate Rifle Battalion in Bujum, Kyrgyzstan.

Workshop Explores the Complexities of Prevention Strategies

Prominent military strategists have stressed that prevention of conflict in equally as valued as victory in conflict. The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard’s very own “Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower” clearly states, “preventing wars is as important as winning wars.”

Inaugural COA Forum Emphasizes the Importance of U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa

The inaugural Cultural and Organizational Awareness (COA) Forum, June 14-16 in Monterey, Calif., brought many of the various actors together to focus on Africa, and the role U.S. foreign policy and AFRICOM can play in supporting stability through enhanced partnership development and building nation capacity.

2011 NATO Building Integrity Conference Report Available

The 2011 NATO Building Integrity Conference was held February 23-25 in Monterey, California.  As the flagship event in support of the Building Integrity (BI) Initiative, the conference focused attention on the vital importance of the better management of scarce resources by means of increasing transparency, accountability, and building integrity in the defense sectors.

Kazakhstan Defense Representatives visit NPS

Representatives from the Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense and National Defense University (NDU) visited the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the designated U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), the week of 3-8 July to participate in a faculty exchange between NPS and NDU.

Senior Women Leaders in Defense and Security meet for Strategic Discussion

Senior women leaders in defense and security from Southeastern Europe met June 26-27 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, for a strategic discussion on capability development.  The event,  “Engaging Women’s Leadership in Defense and National Security”, was a collaborative effort between NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in its capacity as the U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC).  

Strategic Communication Workshop held in Sarajevo

Key members of the Mine Action community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) attended the workshop, “Collaborative Strategic Leadership in Complex Environments: Strategic Communication in Mine Action,” June 28-30 in Sarajevo, BiH.

Train the Trainers Workshop held at PSOTC

A four-day Train the Trainers Workshop on the topic of “Engaging Women's Leadership in Security and Defense Institution Building” was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC) from June 21-24.  

USPTC, PSOTC, and FINCENT Partner to Instruct Course in Kazakhstan

Faculty and staff from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the Bosnia and Herzegovina Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), and the Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT)—all designated NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Centers—instructed a 5-day UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) course June 20-24 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Moldovan Military Academy Representatives begin Collaboration with NPS

Representatives from the Military Academy of the Armed Forces of Moldova (MMA) visited the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the designated U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), the week of 23-27 May as the two institutions begin a collaborative relationship together.

Jordan Embraces Education Amidst Neighbors in Turmoil

NPS alumnus King Al Abdullah, II, has relied on education, for both civilians and military, to give Jordanians a voice.

Engaging Women’s Leadership Workshop Held in Sarajevo

The “Engaging Women’s Leadership in Security and Defense Institution Building: Curriculum Development Workshop” was held March 29-31 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), at the Hall of the Armed Forces.  

BiH Humanitarian Demining Representatives attend CSRS Workshop

Six representatives from the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) humanitarian demining community recently attended the workshop, “Working in the Same Space,” from March 17 – 20, 2011, in Monterey, Cali.  The workshop was organized by the Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies (CSRS) of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the designated U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC).

USPTC and NATO Partner to Help Combat Corruption

As the designated United States Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) works closely with other Partnership for Peace Training and Education Centers and other related institutions on long-term capacity building programs and opportunities to coordinate on important initiatives. One such initiative, Building Integrity (BI), aims to reduce the risk of corruption in the security sector by promoting accountability and transparency.

NPS Hosts PTC Working Group

The Naval Postgraduate School, the designated U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), hosted a PTC Working Group from 28 February – 3 March in Monterey, California.  The first of two annual Working Groups, this meeting brought together 20 representatives from different PTCs, the NATO School, and the two NATO Strategic Commands—Allied Command Operations (ACO) and Allied Command Transformation (ACT).

Bosnia and Herzegovina Minister of Defense visits NPS

The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Minister of Defense, Dr. Selmo Cikotić, visited the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the designated U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), March 3 – 9, 2011.  This was the Minister’s second visit to NPS in less than a year, after visiting the campus in early July 2010.  

NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Stresses Alliance’s Post-Cold War Relevance

NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, French Air Force General Stephane Abrial, strongly defended the post-Cold War relevance of “the most successful alliance in history” at the Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Feb. 24

Global Challenges Forum held in Geneva

Last week, members from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Global Public Policy Academic Group led and participated in the First annual Global Challenges Forum (GCF) hosted in Geneva, Switzerland. Planning and review sessions culminated in the formal establishment of a new international association. The GCF endeavors to identify and address solutions for non-traditional security threats emerging from a volatile world economy, organized international terrorism, energy instability, global warming, water shortages, rapid population growth in developing world economies, and cyber-security vulnerabilities. In addition to members from the NPS community and the United States government, attendees included over 60 representatives from strategy centers, academia, civil society, intergovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

Year’s Final Event on Engaging Women in Security, Defense, and Peacekeeping held in Sarajevo

In late September the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), both in their roles as NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Centers (PTCs), put on the event, “Engaging Women in Security, Defense, and Peacekeeping: Curriculum Development Workshop.”

Collaborative Strategic Leadership in Complex Environments Workshop Conducted in Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has drafted a strategic plan that envisions the country landmine free by 2019.  Within BiH, over 30 governmental and non-governmental humanitarian demining organizations, agencies, and institutions are all working towards this goal, which will occur 25 years after the end of the war during which the landmines were planted.

Building Integrity in Defense Acquisition Workshop Held in Sarajevo

In early September, faculty from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) traveled to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and conducted the workshop,  “Building Integrity in Defense Acquisition.”  This four-day event marked the culmination of a year’s worth of collaboration among faculty at NPS and with the BiH Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC).   

The NATO School and NPS Partner to Deliver NATO’s First Cyber Security Course

Cyber security is not a new concept, but given recent attacks on sensitive systems, including one in 2008 on classified Department of Defense networks, its importance and relevance has rarely been more evident. As the world becomes more aware of this threat, nations have started to position themselves to address such attacks. In May the US Cyber Command was stood up; last month the UK’s National Security Council indentified cyber attacks as the country’s most serious threat; and on 19-20 November NATO will be addressing cyber defense and appropriate collective responses during the NATO Summit of heads of state and government in Lisbon, Portugal.

Bosnian Leadership Partner With NPS on Their Nation’s Path to NATO

In late June, Bosnian Minister of Defense, Dr. Selmo Cikotić, visited the NPS campus to meet with the USPTC staff to coordinate on their own peacekeeping efforts for troops in the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), also a designated PTC.

Engaging Women’s Leadership in Security and Defense Institution Building (SDIB)

The program, “Engaging Women’s Leadership in Security and Defense Institution Building (SDIB)” was held 24 -26 March at the Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Hall in downtown Sarajevo.  Organized and hosted by the Naval Postgraduate School, in its role as the US Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (PTC), and the BiH Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), designated PTC for BiH, the program was the first event of a proposed three-year collaboration between the two PTCs.  The

NPS Leads International Partnerships for Building Peace Through Prevention

The May 2004 U.S. State Department designation of NPS as the United States’ Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), the only such center in the country. The USPTC acts as America’s contribution to NATO’s Education for Reform Initiative, Partnership for Peace Program (PfP), and the NATO Defense Institution Building efforts. An outcome of its 50th Anniversary Summit, NATO has been establishing PTCs since 1999 as a part of its Training and Education Enhancement Program, determining that a “network of national facilities – made available to all PfP countries — should emerge as part of a collaborative approach to training and education.”

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