NPS - Faculty Profiles - Heading

Faculty Profile Directory


Christopher A Adams

Associate Chair
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Phone: (831) 656-3400



1. Demographic Information
Christopher A. Adams
Senior Lecturer
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Watkins 333
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-3400
USA citizenship
Top Secret / SCI TK security clearance

2. Education
• M.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, 1997
• B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Boston University, 1988
• Defense Language Institute (DLI), Conversational Japanese, Monterey, Ca, 1997
• Naval Flight School, F-14 “Tomcat” & EA-6B “Prowler” Naval Flight Officer, Pensacola, Fl, 1988-1989 and 1999-2000

3. A chronology of professional history
• 1988-1989, Naval Flight School, Pensacola, Fl,

• 1989-1990, F-14 Tomcat Replacement Air group, San Diego, Ca

• 1990-1995, Schedules Officer VF-154, Atsugi Naval Air Station, Atsugi, Japan, USS Independence. Logged over 1500 flight hours in the F-14 Tomcat with numerous combat sorties over Iraq.

• 1995-1997, Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Ca

• 1997-1999, Assistant Communications Officer and Local Area Network Officer, Commander U.S. Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan (Promoted to LT Commander, US Navy)

Responsible for operation and reliability of a complex local area network of 600 computers and the communications plans for the U.S. Navy fleet in the Western Pacific.

• 1999-2000, EA-6B Prowler Replacement Air group, Whidbey Island, Wa

• 2000-2002, Operations Officer, Safety Officer, and Administrative Officer VAQ-138, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wa, USS John C. Stennis

Responsible for the development and execution of operations and training for Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-138 ensuring maximum readiness was obtained during safe flight operations, while remaining within the planned budget. I logged over 750 flight hours in the EA-6B Prowler aircraft with numerous combat sorties over Afghanistan.

• 2002-2005 Executive Officer and Executive Assistant, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hi (Promoted to Commander, US Navy)

Hand-picked to be principal advisor and trusted executive assistant to senior management. Directed and managed every aspect of the U.S. Pacific Command’s (USPACOM) Strategic and Policy Directorate (J5) with 131 personnel, 4 General Officers and an area of responsibility that included 50% of earth's surface and 60% of the world's population. Responsibilities included providing detailed analyses, summaries, and recommendations pertaining to the formulation, coordination and execution of U.S. national security policy to senior management.

• 2005-2008 Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Ca

Awarded the 2006 Military Officers Association of America
(MOAA) Joint Service Warfare Award for significant contribution to the study, implementation, and spirit of joint service warfare.

• 2008-2011 Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Ca

Founder and Director of the Center for Survivability and Lethality and recognized subject matter expert on combat survivability.

• 2011-current Lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Ca.
Promoted to Senior Lecturer July, 2017.

MAE Associate Chairman for Facilities and Infrastructure
NPS Experience
  • 2017 - current: Senior Lecturer
  • 2008 - 2017: Lecturer
Research Interests
Aircraft Combat Survivability
Susceptibility Reduction Technologies
Vulnerability Reduction Technologies
Combat System Survivability Design Enhancement
Teaching Interests
Survivability, reliability and systems safety engineering for military platforms including submarines, surface ships, fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft, as well as missiles, unmanned vehicles and satellites.
Technologies for increasing survivability and methodologies for assessing the probability of survival in a hostile (non-nuclear) environment from conventional and directed energy weapons.
Safety analyses (hazard analysis, fault-tree analysis, and component redundancy design), safety criteria and life cycle considerations.


  • 2006 - MOAA Joint Service Warfare Award, MOAA