Outreach & Research

To successfully execute the university's mission, the Naval Postgraduate School collaborates with countless institutions of all kinds both domestically and abroad. Research partnerships and relationships are critical to the institution's multimillion dollar research program -- NPS currently maintains relationships with several DoD activities, state and local governments, and universities through Memoranda of Understanding or Agreement (MOU/MOA), Educational partnership agreements, Intergovernmental agency agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), and Limited Purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (LPCRADA).



The Naval Postgraduate School has long been a testing ground for the Navy's most advanced research. A large portion of the technology that has made our military the most advanced in the world has been developed right on our Monterey campus.

NPS continues to grow in providing cutting-edge research for the military and federal government and is supported by government funds, private funding, the benefits of technology transfer and university-corporate relationships. According to the National Science Foundation's most recent national R&D Expenditures Survey, NPS ranked in the top 25% of institutions in total R&D expenditures. NPS also ranked within the top 30% for national science and engineering (S&E) obligations.

NPS faculty, staff and students interact regularly with research institutions such as the California State University, Monterey Bay; the University of California at Santa Cruz; the Defense Language Institute; the Naval Research Laboratory; the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center; the Defense Manpower Data Center; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; NASA Ames Research Center; and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.


NPS students and faculty are active participants in our community, contributing their science, technology, engineering and math expertise for K-12 and college-oriented activities.

Local & Academic Partnerships

NPS maintains memberships to several higher education communities to promote research and education programs.

Regional Partnerships

In addition to local and academic partnerships, NPS is also a member of regional partnerships with educational and research institutions all around the Monterey Bay.


NPS offers several internships available from high school through college, service academies, and volunteer student service.



Through the use of Memoranda of Understanding or Agreement (MOU/MOA), Educational partnership agreements, Intergovernmental agency agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), or Limited Purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (LPCRADA), various laboratories and research efforts collaborate with companies like Apple Computer, Microsoft, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Amazon Web Services – to name only a few.

NPS maintains partnerships with industry and encourages faculty to transfer newly developed technologies to the private sector. The transfer of government developed technology to the private sector enhances the economic competitiveness of the country in world markets, promotes economic development both locally and throughout the U.S., and helps improve the quality of life for all Americans.

Center for Infrastructure Defense (CID)

The mission of the CID is to develop, review and promote science of the highest quality in the service of defending critical infrastructure systems affecting our homeland at the national, state, and local levels. Our goal is to provide the highest quality analytical support for national state and local policy makers in government and the private sector regarding infrastructure defense.

Researchers at the Center for Infrastructure Defense receive basic and applied research support from the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense--Homeland Defense and America's Security Affairs. We work in partnership with federal, state, and local agencies, including the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Mission Assurance Division, the United States Coast Guard, and the California Emergency Management Agency.

Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX)

The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX) was founded in 2004 as a research venue for exploring frontiers of self-organizing tactical networking and collaboration. It provides students and faculty with opportunities for interdisciplinary study of agile adaptive wireless networks, social network dynamics, network-controlled unmanned vehicles, sensors, intelligent agents, and situational awareness platforms.

The project work at CENETIX involves cooperation with researchers and students from National Laboratories, top universities and military institutions, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, MIT, Naval Research Laboratory, University of California Santa Barbara, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Bundeswehr in Munich, Swedish National Defense College, Swedish Naval Warfare Center, Systematik-Denmark, NATO Maritime Interdictions Operations Training Center in Crete, Defense Science and Technology Agency of Singapore, and Salzburg Research. A strong group of industry partners supports CENETIX team work on TNT and MIO experiments Industry and academic partners are available from CENETIX PARTNERS link.

Common Operational Research Environment (CORE) Lab

The CORE Lab was established at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in with partnerships with Combatting Terrorism Fellowship Program, Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office, Rapid Reaction Technology Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and many more.
The CORE Lab believes that the greatest ideas are generated from the bottom up. With the majority of our students coming from the field and returning to the field after graduation, ideas generated in the lab ARE from the bottom up. These individuals are leaders in their profession, driven to innovate by the conditions on the ground, and intellectually well-armed by the Naval Postgraduate School Defense Analysis Department and CORE Lab. For these reasons, the CORE Lab proudly boasts that our technology innovations and analysis are "Made by operators for operators."

Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER)

CRUSER reaches across the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense, academia, and industry; provides a collaborative environment for the advancement of unmanned systems education and research endeavors; fosters a community of interest for unmanned systems in military and naval operations; encompasses the successful research, education, and experimentation efforts in unmanned systems; is an inclusive community for all disciplines; conducts concept generation workshops for naval missions; and hosts technical symposia to address naval missions, and field experimentation to test selected technologies.



NPS partners with various government agencies to share knowledge from the scientific community and bring together the activities from academia and industry partnerships. A few of the DOD partnerships are listed below.

Department of Defense Partnerships

  • Navy Higher Educational Information Technology Consortium (NHEITC)
  • Department of Navy Chief Information Officer
  • Commander Naval Installation Command (CNIC)
  • Defense Manpower Data Center
  • United States Naval Research Laboratory
  • Defense Language Institute       
  • Joint Force Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Network
  • Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity
  • National Security Agency
  • Naval Education and Training Command (NETC)
  • Center Asymmetrical Warfare      
  • U.S. Cyber Command                   
  • U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. TENTH Fleet

Applied Cryptographic Engineering (ACE)

The ACE group mission is to be an accelerant towards cryptographic integration, security innovation, and the sharpening of the defense edge in cyberspace. A key characteristic of the ACE group outlook is adaptability and agility to meet irregular use case needs. Our work is tailored, leveraging innovation and customizing to defense needs and irregular environment. The group also runs national-level training for security related issues such as in critical infrastructure, unmanned systems security, and quantum resilience.

Center for Cyber Warfare (CCW)

The Center for Cyber Warfare (CCW) is an interdisciplinary problem solving research center in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. The CCW faculty work in collaboration with other universities and innovative commercial companies to deliver basic and applied research solutions to the Navy, U.S. government, DoD, and intelligence communities.

Center Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations (C3O)

C3O is America's foremost center for defense-related research and education in software security, inherently trustworthy systems, cybersecurity defense, and the use of computational systems in both defensive and adversarial cyber operations. C3O's mix of highly experienced faculty and staff, along with its diverse student body comprising senior military officers, government employees and civilians, make it uniquely qualified to address security issues of the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Government.