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ETA: Emerging Technology Awareness for the Warfighter

The Course

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and tangential technologies are profoundly changing the world around us; from how we choose what to purchase to what new medicines we develop to how we protect our nation. It is on the verge of being one of the most powerful tools that humanity has ever created and has an evolving role in military applications. The purpose of this course is to help Navy leaders start becoming "AI-prepared" to lead in the emerging cognitive age.

The course is broken down into three major components and fifteen sub-sections covering what is artificial intelligence, understanding the ecosystems of technology and applications that are the architecture of what AI is and can be used for, and then how to effectively lead in this new and highly dynamic world. It is not possible to cover everything about AI and how it impacts the Navy, so this course will give leaders the basic building blocks to better understand the technology and the impact it is and will be having.

Course Objectives

  • Understand what the technologies under the banner of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are.
  • Identify the geopolitical use and dispersion of AI.
  • Know the military applications of AI.
  • Ethical and responsible applications of AI.
  • Leading in a world altered by AI.
  • Applying an ADAPT mindset.
  • Recognize future AI trends.

Program Manager


Alan Webber  Alan Webber is an Industry Analyst and currently the Managing Partner Altimeter Group. Alan’s research and client efforts focus on the understanding and thriving through disruptions at intersection of organization, culture, and technology. Lately, he has been focusing on better understanding customer engagement, distributed experience ecosystems, highly regulated industries (financial services, banking, insurance, legal, and others), government, and churches and non-profit organizations. Alan publishes some his findings on his professional blog Ronin Research.. Read full bio...


The Faculty

Academic experts from the faculty at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School are joined by senior executives from across DoD and Industry to provide participants with a range of perspectives through which course objective are addressed.

The Location

ETA is currently offered online using ZoomGov as the video platform. If in person, it will be conducted in the spaces of the Center for Executive Education on the campus of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California or in designated Fleet concentration locations. If at NPS, lodging is available on-base at the Hotel Del Monte (formerly the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites) in historic Herrmann Hall.

Who Should Attend?

ETA is designed for Active Duty USN/USMC O4-O6, E8/E9 and Civilian GS-14/15 only.


Tuition for online and in residence is $2800 per person. The cost covers program instruction and program materials. Tuition does NOT include lodging, food, or other travel expenses. Each participant should be on official orders and is responsible for their own travels costs (flight, meals, lodging, incidentals).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

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Contact the NPS Center for Executive Education's Registrar:, 831-656-3850 for registration information