Faculty - Cyber Academic Group

CAG Chair

Cyber Academic Group Administration 


CAG Chair

Dr. Cynthia Irvine is a distinguished professor of computer science and information sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Irvine works in the areas of cyber operations, trustworthy system design and implementation, network & distributed system security, security requirements engineering, and cybersecurity education. As the chair of the Cyber Academic Group, Dr. Irvine leads the NPS' interdisciplinary education and research programs in cyber operations.

Her full faculty profile is available here.


Liaison Officer, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. TENTH Fleet

Dr. Timothy Shives is a Department of Navy (DON) civil servant in the Cyber Excepted Services (CES) with Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) serving as the Cyberspace Liaison Officer (LNO) to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Prior to joining FCC/C10F, Dr. Shives served as a Department of Defense (DOD) civil servant in the competitive services (GS) at the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) for seven years in the grades of GS-13 to GS-15. Dr. Shives also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in both the active duty and reserve components for over twenty years. Dr. Shives began his military career as an attack helicopter pilot flying the AH-1W “Super Cobra,” but was then assigned to a multitude of other occupational specialties in the fields of financial management, information technology management, project management, acquisition management, and data management.

Dr. Shives holds the following degrees: a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) postgraduate degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, a Master of Science (MS) in Information Technology Management (ITM) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Arts (MA) in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.


Information Warfare Chair and the Senior Intelligence Officer

CAPT Mike Owen grew up in central Virginia and graduated with distinction from Virginia Tech in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He also holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and a Master of Arts in Government from Regent University. He is a Joint Qualified Officer and a qualified Joint Targeting Officer.

CAPT Owen began his career as a submarine officer with at-sea assignments in USS MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL and USS NORFOLK and as the Submarine Special Projects Officer on the COMUSNAVEUR staff in London, England.  Following his re-designation to Naval Intelligence in 2005, his Intelligence assignments have included the Joint Transformation Command-Intelligence as the Head of the Intelligence Quick Reaction Team, SIO on USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3), Fleet Intelligence Officer at COMSUBLANT, N2 at Naval Special Warfare Group Four, Director of Intelligence for COMSUBLANT and JFMCC-STRAT, and Director of Operations and Training for Naval Information Warfighting Development Center.  Additionally, CAPT Owen deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in 2008 as the Deputy J2 for Task Force Ramadi as part of a team from the JFCOM Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC).  

Deputy Commandant for Information (DCI) Chair, NWSI

Dr. Chris Paul is the inaugural LtCol Kevin Shea Deputy Commandant for Information Chair at Naval Postgraduate School.  Prior to joining the NPS faculty in 2023, Paul worked at the RAND corporation for more than 20 years. During his time at RAND he provided research support related to operations in the information environment, information warfare, the information joint/warfighting function, counterpropaganda, cyber operations, and related policy to a range of Department of Defense and U.S. Government offices, organizations, and commands. His work has influenced defense doctrine and policy in the United States and internationally. Paul completed his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Nested Applications
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Thomas Albright
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1990

David Alderson
Department of Operations Research
Ph.D., Stanford University, School of Engineering, Department of Management Science and Engineering, 2003
Modeling, analysis, and management of the Internet and other network-centric infrastructures; Optimization-based reverse engineering of complex network systems; Attacker-Defender Models for Critical Infrastructure Systems; Resiliency of Cyber-Physical Systems

John Arquilla
Professor Emeritus
Defense Analysis
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1991
Revolution in military affairs, information-age conflict, and irregular warfare.

Kathryn Aten
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2009
Technology adoption, technology-mediated collaboration and learning, technology inclusion and adjustment.

Armon Barton
Assistant Professor
Computer Science


Dan Boger
Professor Emeritus
Information Sciences
Ph.D., UC Berkley, 1979

Chad Bollmann
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2018
Networking, Cyber Security, Signal Processing

Alex Bordetsky
Information Sciences
Ph.D, Chelyabinsk State Technical University of Russia, 1982

Doug Brinkley
Senior Lecturer
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2003
Instructional technology and distance education, information technology management, local area network administration, and IT support optimization.

Ray Buettner
Associate Professor
Department of Information Sciences
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Design of multi-institutional semi structured learning environments (MISSLEs) and the evolving command, control and organization challenges associated with the use of robotics and autonomous systems for military applications. 

David Canright
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cryptography, Fluid Dynamics, Materials Processing, Fractal Geometry, Orbital Mechanics

Rudy Darken
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
DSc., George Washington University, 1995
Virtual environments, usability engineering, training systems, wireless mobile computing, Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human cognition and behavior models for simulations.

Duane Davis
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2006
Robotic swarms and cooperative multi-vehicle systems, ethics in autonomous systems, robot control architectures, and cyber operations policy and strategy.

Dorothy Denning
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Defense Analysis
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1975
Conflict in Cyberspace; Cyber Security; Trust, Influence and Networks

Peter Denning
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., MIT, 1968
Technology and transformation, data science, foundational practices of innovation, great principles of computing, STEM education.

Chris Eagle
Senior Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1995
Computer Network Attack/Defense/Exploitation, Computer Forensics, Reverse Engineering.

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Christian Fitzpatrick
Faculty Associate for Research
Computer & Information Programs Office
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 2009

Douglas J. Fouts
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
PhD/UC Santa Barbara/Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Computer Architecture, Computer Systems Architecture, Embedded Systems

Michael Freeman
Department of Defense Analysis
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2001
Terrorism and Democracy; Causes of Terrorism; Counter-terrorism Policy; International Security; U.S. Foreign Policy; International Relations Theory

John D. (JD) Fulp
Senior Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1996
Implementation of Public Key Infrastructure, Design of Secure Networks

Bob Garza
Department of Information Sciences
MS, Golden Gate University, 2000

Britta Hale
Assistant Professor
Computer Science
PhD in Telematics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Information Security and Communication Technology
Cryptography and information security. Current research interests include the design and analysis of cryptographic key exchange and authentication protocols, and secure channels.

Ted Huffmire
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 2007
Computer Architecture, Computer Security

Wade L. Huntley
Senior Lecturer, NSA
Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, 1993
Cyber policy and strategy, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons: proliferation and non-proliferation, northeast Asian security, and international relations theory and practice.

Cynthia Irvine
Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., Case Western University, 1975
Cybersecurity, cyber operations, high assurance security engineering, network & distributed system security, security requirements engineering, cybersecurity education, multilevel security

Scott Jasper
National Security Affairs
Ph.D., University of Reading, U.K., 2018
Cyber Security Policy and Practice, Cyber Deterrence Strategies

Ray Jones
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
MS, National Defense University, 2006

Christina Knudsen
Visiting Researcher
Department of Computer Science
MS, University of Oslo, 2021

Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1986
Cyber Security, Risk Assessment, Cognitive Modeling, Runtime Monitoring, Cyber-Physical Systems, Autonomous Systems, Network & Communications Systems, Distributed Systems of Systems, and C4ISR Modeling and Simulation, Data Science, Document Conversion, Reliable Software Architectures, Rapid Prototyping & Agile Methods for Software Automation.

Ryan Maness
Assistant Professor
Defense Analysis Department
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Political Science, 2013

Chris Manuel
Professor of Practice
Information Sciences
Irregular Warfare, NPS, Defense Analysis
Emerging Technology

Thor Martinsen
Assistant Professor
Applied Mathematics
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2017
Cryptography & Coding Theory, Cyber Warfare, Computer Security, Electronic Warfare

Randy Maule
Research Associate Professor
Department of Information Science
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1987

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John McEachen
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Yale University, 1995
Steganographic communications, complexity theory applied to network infrastructure, video distribution and analysis over computer networks, computer network security.

James B. Michael
Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., George Mason University
Artificial intelligence, formal methods, and distributed computing

Thuy Nguyen
Research Associate
Department of Computer Science
B.A., University of California at San Diego, 1982
Advanced Topics in Computer Security, Trusted Operating Systems and Kernels, Multilevel Security Applications, Common Criteria Evaluation for High Robustness Systems, Secure Web Services

Walter Owen
Associate Chair Distributed Programs & Outreach
Department of Systems Engineering
DPA, Golden Gate University, 2003
Defense Systems Acquisition, Systems Engineering, General Management, Public Administration, Distributed and Distance Learning

Howard Pace Jr.
Professor of the Practice
MSEE, BSEE NPS EE, BSME University of Washington
Cybersecurity in DOD Acquisitions, Disruptive Technologies, Rapid Acquisition, Space Systems

Mark Rhoades
Senior Lecturer
Department of Systems Engineering & Space Systems Academic Group
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 2006
Risk analysis and management, systems engineering, systems architecture, systems assessment and reliability, space systems technologies and applications.

Clark Robertson
Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1983
Spread spectrum communications, wireless local area networks, cellular communications.

Neil Rowe
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1983
Applied Artificial Intelligence

Michael Senft
Computer Science
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School
Cyber Deception / Network Graphs  / Cyberspace Operations

Alan Shaffer
Senior Lecturer
Department of Information Science
Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School, 2008
Security modeling of systems; high assurance system verification; formal methods analysis; network virtualization.  Research interests moving toward data science and cloud computing.

Larry Shattuck
Senior Lecturer
Department of Operations Research
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1995
Teaching Human Factors Engineering; Experience Engineering Psychology Design and Applications; Experimental Psychology; Human-Computer Interaction; Human Error; Anthropometrics and Biomechanics; General Psychology

Gurminder Singh
Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, 1989

Keith Snider
Professor of Public Administration and Management
Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 1997
Defense acquisition policy and project management

Pante Stanica
Applied Mathematics Department
Ph.D. and Doctorate, Ph.D. in Mathematics, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1998; Doctorate in Mathematics, University of Bucharest, 1998
Cryptography, Boolean functions, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Combinatorics.

Preetha Thulasirama
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Canada, 2010
Wireless and cyber networks, cybersecurity

Kristen Tsolis
Department of Defense Analysis
M.S., Monterey Institute of International Studies

Lonnie Wilson
Professor Emeritus
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1973
Radar, EW-ES Receivers, digital signal processing, EA jamming, counter RF IEDs receivers.