CORE Leadership

Leadership

Dr. Wayne Porter – Co-Director

Dr. Wayne Porter, CAPT, USN (ret), is a Senior Lecturer in the Defense Analysis and Systems Engineering Departments of the Naval Postgraduate School, where he also serves as Co- Director of the CORE Lab and Director of the Littoral Operations Center.  He holds a Ph.D in Information Sciences and two Masters of Science degrees – in Computer Science and Joint C4I Systems Technology - from the Naval Postgraduate School.  Military duty included Japan, England, Italy, the Balkans, Bahrain (COMFIFTHFLT ACOS Intelligence and MOC Deputy of Operations in the Persian Gulf/East Africa), and three tours on the personal staff of ADM Mike Mullen, including Special Assistant for Strategy to both the Chief of Naval Operations (N00Z) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  He subsequently served as Chair, Systemic Strategy and Complexity at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and retired from the Navy in July 2014 after 28 years of active service.  Dr. Porter was hired as a faculty member at NPS in 2015 and in 2017 he provided systems analysis for the SECNAV’s Strategic Readiness Review.

While working for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ADM Mullen, CAPT Porter co-authored, with Colonel Mark Mykleby, “A National Strategic Narrative.” Published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars a National Strategic Narrative was subsequently cited Pulitzer Award winning author Tom Friedman, CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria, former UK Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband, former Foreign Minister of Israel Shlomo Ben Ami, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan among many others (www.nationalstrategicnarrative.org).  His articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of American Foreign Policy Interests, The HotSpring Quarterly, the Washington Times, two OSD/JS White Papers, Naval Institute Proceedings, and the 8th Euromicro Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Processing. Dr Porter contributed the chapter, The Value of System Dynamics Modeling in Policy Analytics and Planning the textbook, Policy Analytics, Modelling, and Informatics: Innovative Tools for Solving Complex Social Problems, Springer Publishing (2018).

Wayne’s doctoral dissertation was an action research case study in which he used system dynamics to model the Steinbeck Innovation Cluster strategy he helped develop linking the technology and innovation of Silicon Valley with the agriculture and aquaculture industries of Monterey County, California and the Salinas Valley.  Articles describing concepts of that strategy have appeared in the Financial Times and Forbes Magazine.

Dr. Porter was recently named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis’ Who’s Who in America. His civilian and military awards include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Vice Admiral Rufus B. Taylor Award for Professional Excellence in Naval Intelligence, the Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal.  Dr Porter is a “Walton Fellow” at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

Dr. Sean Everton – Co-Director

Dr. Sean Everton is a Professor in the Department of Defense Analysis and the Co-Director of the CORE (Common Operational Research Environment) Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Prior to joining NPS in 2007 he served as an adjunct professor at both Santa Clara and Stanford universities. He earned his MA and PhD in Sociology at Stanford University and wrote his doctoral thesis on the causes and consequences of status on venture capital firm performance. He has published in the areas of social network analysis, sociology of religion, economic sociology, and political sociology and currently specializes in the use of social network analysis to track and disrupt dark networks (e.g., criminal and terrorist networks). His first book, Disrupting Dark Networks, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, and his second book, Understanding Dark Networks (co-authored with Daniel Cunningham and Phil Murphy), was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2016. His more recent book, Networks and Religion, which explores the interplay of networks and religion, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Dan Cunningham – Deputy Director for Research

Daniel Cunningham is an Associate Faculty for Instruction at the Common Operational Research Environment (CORE) Lab embedded in the Naval Post­graduate School’s (NPS) Department of Defense Analysis in Monterey, CA. Dan earned his MA at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) with a focus on terrorism studies. His research interests include visual analytics and the application of social network analysis to real-world problem sets. His book (written with Dr. Sean Everton and Dr. Phil Murphy), Understanding Dark Networks, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2016. He helped lead the development of the CORE Lab’s social network analysis out­reach and education program as well as has worked with a wide range of practi­tioners, including U.S. Special Operations Forces, law enforcement, and international partners. Dan is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Informa­tion Sciences at the NPS.

Michael Aspland – Deputy Director of Education Operations

Michael Aspland has over thirty years of experience as a homeland security professional. He holds two masters degrees: Public Administration from California Lutheran University and Security Studies – Homeland Defense and Security from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security here at NPS. He served in law enforcement for twenty-six years and retired as the Assistant Police Chief with the City of Monterey in 2014. He joined the CORE Lab three weeks after his retirement. He facilitates training and outreach events for US based and international partnerships. 

Karen Flaherty – Executive Administrator

Karen Flaherty has been with the CORE Lab from since 2007 and was the first staff person hired for the Lab.  She is the office administrator and manages the budgets.  She has a background in conference planning and supports our training and seminars.  She has a contracting background and handles all purchasing for the lab.  She support the two co directors, staff and students. Most of her professional career has been supporting the government first as a contractor and then as a government employee.

Chris Callaghan – Faculty Associate for Research

Chris Callaghan is a Research Associate in the Defense Analysis Department’s CORE Lab at the NPS. His work leverages open-source data analytics for understanding and modeling a variety of national and homeland security problems. Prior to joining the NPS, Chris served as a Research Associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey where he worked on multiple efforts dealing with local and international ‘citizenship’. Chris received his MPA from MIIS and a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Brendan Knapp – Faculty Associate for Research

Brendan Knapp joined the CORE Lab in 2019 as a Faculty Associate for Research. His work includes teaching military and law enforcement professionals to conduct data-driven analysis, developing tools that enable practitioners to leverage advanced analytical methods, and practicing reproducible data science to answer complex security questions. He maintains and has contributed to several open source programming packages, including routines for statistical network and social media analysis.

Prior to joining the CORE Lab, Knapp earned his BA/MA in International Studies/Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) where he was the Lead Analytic Coordinator at the META Lab and a Research Assistant at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. At MIIS, he used network analysis, natural language processing, remote sensing, and computer vision techniques to conduct research on topics such as paramilitary splintering and coevolution, spectral signature detection, DPRK media and threat networks, WMD-related facilities and delivery systems, and missile defense capabilities.

Knapp is a former Army noncommissioned officer and OEF veteran who served as a combat medic, linguist, and intelligence analyst.

Robert Schroeder – Faculty Associate for Research

Rob Schroeder is a Faculty Associate for Research in the CORE Lab within the Defense Analysis Department and a PhD Student in the Information Sciences Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He is currently researching how to use open source information gathered largely from social media in order to understand and map the changing dynamics in conflict areas and exploring the use of network analysis to analyze maritime traffic patterns. He has presented some of this research at conferences (INFORMS and INSNA).