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Emerging Challenges

Program Overview

The prevention of conflict often depends on understanding, addressing, and mitigating all threats, including those that may be least understood, prevalent, or defined.  With recent attacks occurring in the Global Commons (high seas, international airspace, outer space, and cyber space), an increased recognition and focus is being placed on ensuring access and stability in these areas.  NATO Allied Command Transformation terms the Global Commons the “connective tissue” of our vibrant global economy that constitute a universal public good that serves as a crucial enabler of international security and trade.  With the variety of emerging challenges affecting the Global Commons, the following workshops and exercise are a sample of some of the efforts being coordinated by the USPTC Program Office in support of addressing these challenges:


Course Descriptions

CYBER SECURITY

Cyber Security
MASL #: P170378 (in-residence); P309378 (MET)

Description: This 5-day course provides an overview of the cyber security issues facing governments and militaries. Lab exercises are used to improve the students’ detailed knowledge of cyber security threats and the methods used to exploit them as well as expand familiarity with the methodologies and motives used by those who will attack the networks they may someday defend.

Objective: Participants will understand methods used to obtain information about a remote network; understand methods used to exploit or subvert systems residing on a network; learn techniques to mitigate risks to networked systems; and gain practical experience with current network attack and vulnerability assessment tools, as well as tools and methodologies for a systematic approach to reducing vulnerabilities.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) and civilian equivalents from the participant nation’s MoD and armed forces; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.
Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 5-days

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

Network Security
(MASL: In-Residence: P170371; MET: P309371)

Description: This 10-week course (1st week on-site; 8 weeks distributed learning; 10th week on-site) tailored for military officers and civilian employees providing a thorough conversational knowledge of all the dominant terminology, principles and technologies involved in the bits-in-transit aspect of network security.

Objective: Participants will understand the protection of legitimate network traffic via cryptographic mechanisms; and the detection and filtering of malicious network traffic via authentication mechanisms, attack signature recognition, and filter mechanisms and strategies; Learn the patterns and protocols of “normal” network traffic, and of many cues that can be used to recognize malicious/attack traffic, the rudiments of firewall deployment and rule-writing, and the proper application of cryptographic mechanisms to achieve either of the security objectives of confidentiality and/or integrity; and understand the role and function of PKI, and the various methods used to perform e-authentication.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) and civilian equivalents from the participant nation’s MoD and armed forces; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 10-weeks (1st week on-site; 8 weeks distributed learning; 10th week on-site)

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

Cyber Incident Handling and Disaster Recovery Planning
(MASL: In-Residence: P170372; MET: P309372)

Description: This 10-week course (1st week on-site; 8 weeks distributed learning; 10th week on-site) defines the nature and scope of cyber security incident handling services. It covers policy, planning, operations, and technology issues involved in related cyber incident handling plans.

Objective: Participants will be familiar with intrusion/incident detection, minimization of loss of service, service, continuity, forensic analysis, service/data restoration, and incident reporting; have knowledge of Business Continuity (BCP), Disaster Recovery (DRP) and Continuity of Operations (COOP); understand how to respond to specific incident types including, natural disasters, denial of service, malicious code, malicious misuse of hardware and firmware unauthorized access, data compromise and inappropriate use.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) and civilian equivalents from the participant nation’s MoD and armed forces; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 10-weeks (1st week on-site; 8 weeks distributed learning; 10th week on-site)

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

Network Traffic Analysis
MASL #: P170373 (in-residence); P309373 (MET)

Description: This 10-week course (1st week on-site; 8 weeks distributed learning; 10th week on-site) builds upon the primarily concept-oriented Network Security course by focusing directly upon the analysis of actual network traffic.

Objective: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of network protocol behavior; enabling him/her to intelligently distinguish “normal” from “abnormal” (likely malicious) online/network behavior and recommend a mitigation plan; master the utilization of a protocol/traffic analyzer as he/she reviews either “live” or pre-recorded traffic for impending, realized configuration errors or malicious attacks; become familiar with indications from the above mentioned events and be able to develop a forensic explanation.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) and civilian equivalents from the participant nation’s MoD and armed forces; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 10-weeks (1st week on-site; 8 weeks distributed learning; 10th week on-site)

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE/DISASTER RELIEF

Information & Communication Technologies in HADR
MASL #: P170398 (in-residence); P309398 (MET)

Description: This 5-day course familiarizes students with the basics of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief from the perspective of each major early responder organization type (United Nations, Non-Government Organization, Academia, Military, Government, and Industry) and enables them to effectively function as part of a multi-organizational response to disasters. The course also covers the phases of disaster response, the organizational mechanisms and operational aspects of early responder entities, and methods of obtaining increasing levels of disaster preparedness and resilience. The course then turns to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) aspects of disaster response including hastily formed networks, information sharing, communication system interoperability, working at the civil-military boundary, pre and post disaster ICT assessments and resilience and other related ICT topics.

Objective: Provide an introduction to humanitarian operations and leading in crises, including the four phases of a disaster, the myths of disaster relief, and the dynamics and challenges of working at the civil-military boundary. Provide an understanding of ICT as an enabler of disaster response, including the use of surveillance and early warning technologies, hastily formed networks, and inter-operability of communication networks.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) and civilian equivalents from the participant nation’s MoD and armed forces; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 5-days

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Fundamentals of Information Technology
MASL#: P170397 (in-residence); P309397 (MET)

Description: This 5-day course, tailored for military officers and civilian government employees, provides an introduction to hardware, software, data organization, telecommunications and networks, Internet, and the World Wide Web. The course also addresses effective use of information technology in organizations to meet information needs of various levels of management. Extensive use of hands-on labs and demonstrations provide students with a thorough understanding of productivity tools, database management, and programming languages.

Objective: Enhance participants knowledge of: concepts of information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) and a framework for discussing related concepts; how IT is used in a variety of business functions and industries; state-of-the-art hardware and software technology used in IT systems; principles of databases and database management systems; fundamentals of telecommunications and networking; and the types of information that managers need at various levels of management and the type of information systems provided to suit those needs.

Target Audience: Military officers and civilian government employees from the participant nation’s armed forces, MoD and other government ministries; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 5-days

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

Technologies for Information Operations (TIO)
MASL #: P179220 (in-residence)

Description: This 3-week short course tailored for mid to high grade officers (Capt – LtCol) based on current research and development in associated information operations technologies. The course is a technical workshop presented by various NPS faculty that covers several exciting technology areas important for tomorrow’s war fighters. Examples of these areas include:  Decision Making Theory, Advanced Networking Concepts, Tactical Theory from Fleet Tactics, and Coastal Combat. Also included are principles of operational testing and experimentation of weapon systems, target recognition and system identification with cognitive radar, and electronic attack against a network enabled distributed sensor architecture. The course is taught through exercises, on-campus laboratory tours, off-campus site visits, and demonstrations

Objective: Provide an overview of the latest in battlespace technologies supporting the current revolution in military affairs, including an introduction to the special methodologies of information processing, with an emphasis on the advanced techniques used in the detection and classification of low probability of intercept radar, operational test and evaluation of weapon systems, advanced networking concepts and rail gun technology.  

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) from partner nations’ armed forces; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate engineering degree or equivalent (Calculus/calculus-based physics sequence required); This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 3-weeks (in-residence)

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

MARITIME SECURITY & INTERDICTION OPERATIONS

International Maritime Security
MASL #: P170376 (in-residence); P309376 (MET)

Description: This 10-day course addresses the application, strategies, and best practices of Maritime Security to promote increased stability and national security while countering illicit trafficking including WMDs and narcotics. This course highlights the issues facing governments, maritime armed forces (navy, coast guard, marines), and merchant shippers, including piracy threats, legal aspects of open seas engagement, protection of national and commercial interests, port security, and an overview of threats and best practices in maritime defense. Course will consist of multiple plenary presentations, with working group case studies and briefings. The course will be conducted by NPS resident faculty and practitioner subject matter experts.

Objective: Discuss practical strategies for countering illicit trafficking including WMDs, narcotics, and humans and develop roadmaps to improve national and/or regional maritime security.   

Target Audience: Mid to senior (O-3 through O-6) grade officers from armed forces, maritime forces, and equivalent level civilians from MoD and other security sector ministries; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 10-days

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

Interdiction Operations: Maritime and Ground Emerging Technologies and Methodologies
MASL #: P170377 (in-residence); P309377 (MET)

Description: This 10-day course explores emerging technologies and methodologies of interdiction operations including remote sensing, detection, identification, trafficking, and shared situational awareness across distributed networks. The course includes case studies and hands-on exercises to reinforce the learning objectives.

Objective: Enhance participants’ knowledge of: new technologies and methodologies in interdiction operations; multiple stakeholder methodologies for command and control in interdiction operations including: naval and maritime forces, special operations forces, and civilian police forces; benefits of tactical networking; and the benefits of cyberspace collaboration across stakeholders to support strategic interdiction objectives.

Target Audience: Mid to senior (O-3 through O-6) grade military officers, equivalent civilian maritime law enforcement, and civilian leadership from security sector ministries; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 10-days

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

Maritime Security Certificate
MASL #: P170018 (in-residence); P309352 (MET)

Description: This 4-week program tailored for coalition military officers, civilian law enforcement, and civilian leadership provides a foundational knowledge of the international maritime security environment, an understanding of tools and technology for cross organization and agency coordination to provide maritime security, and the ability to build the foundation for institutional integrity and the technical systems for maritime security.

Objective: Prepare military and civilian students, both foreign and domestic, to become more effective stewards of the global maritime domain.

Target Audience: Mid to senior (O-3 through O-6) grade military officers, equivalent civilian maritime law enforcement, and civilian leadership from security sector ministries; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 4-weeks

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 


Participating Faculty

Dr. Alexander Bordetsky
Alexander Bordetsky joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2000 and is an Associate Professor of Information Sciences in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences and the Director of the Center of Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX).  His research interests include advanced wireless networking and emerging collaborative architectures for unmanned aerial, ground, and underwater vehicles, including how this impacts the maritime environment and security.  Dr. Bordetsky earned his Ph.D. from Chelyabinsk State Technical University of Russia.
Curriculum Vitae

Mr. Richard S. Coté
Scott Coté joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001 and is a Senior Lecturer with the Computer Science Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  His research interests include computer and information systems security, network design and integration, wireless networking, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and robotics, and distance and distributed learning.  Mr. Coté earned his B.S. from State University of New York, Geneseo, and his M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Curriculum Vitae

Mr. John D. Fulp
John Fulp joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001 and is a Senior Lecturer with the Computer Science Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  His research interests include securing the Global Information Grid (GIG), e-authentication (PKI, smart cards, cryptography, and infrastructure), Information Assurance education, and FPGA design and implementation in autonomous systems.  Mr. Fulp earned his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Curriculum Vitae

Mr. Jeffrey E. Kline, CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Jeffrey Kline joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001 and is the Program Director for Maritime Defense and Security Research Programs, Program Director of the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research, and a Senior Lecturer with the Operations Research Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  His research interests include unmanned systems, maritime security, maritime domain awareness, port security, counter-piracy operations, and maritime critical infrastructure.  Mr. Kline earned his B.S. from the University of Missouri, an M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an M.S. from the National War College.
Curriculum Vitae

 

Related Faculty Publications and Other References

Global Challenges Forum Held in Geneva
Jordan Embraces Education Amidst Neighbors in Turmoil
NPS Team World Leader in Network-Controlled Maritime Nuclear Radiological Detection
The NATO School and NPS Partner to Deliver NATO’s First Cyber Security Course
Training the Cyber Warrior

 

 

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