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2018 Annual Report & Fact Book

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A Message from the President
by Ronald A. Route, Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)

Ronald A. Route, Vice Admiral, USN
In 2017, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) had another productive year of student and faculty success. Our biggest contribution to the Navy, and Department of Defense at large, remained our commitment to educating and developing our future military and civilian leaders to ensure they have the critical skills to succeed in their defense and national security careers.

We graduated 1,250 students who represented all branches of the U.S military; numerous federal, state, and local agencies; and the countries of our Allies from around the world. Read more...

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An Introduction to the Naval Postgraduate School
Overview & A Short His

NPS Campus Sky PhotoThe Naval Postgraduate School was established on June 9, 1909, when Secretary of the Navy George von L. Meyer signed General Order No. 27, establishing a school of marine engineering at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. The Navy Secretary's order placed the small program under the direction of the Naval Academy superintendent, who placed the 10 officer-students and two Navy instructors in an attic which served as a classroom and lab.

On October 31, 1912, Meyer signed Navy General Order No. 233, which renamed the school the Postgraduate Department of the Naval Academy. The order established courses of study for its 25 officer-students in ordnance and gunnery, electrical engineering radio telegraphy, naval construction, and civil and marine engineering.

In early 1944, more than a year before the first peace accord of World War II was signed, the Navy convened a board of respected senior officers and scholars to plan for post-war growth of the Naval Postgraduate School. The board’s actions set the stage for landmark legislation in the 79th and 80th Congresses that transformed the Naval Postgraduate School into a degree-granting university with expanded research facilities, and its recommendations led to the purchase of the world-famous 627-acre Hotel Del Monte in Monterey. In December 1951, under the supervision of Rear Admiral Ernest Edward Herrmann, the 500 students, 100 faculty and staff and thousands of pounds of books and research equipment of the Naval Postgraduate School moved lock, stock and wind tunnel from Maryland to Monterey. Read more...


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Student Enrollment

2,697 average on board

  • 1,432 Residential

  • 909 Distance Learning

  • 356 Certificate

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Degrees Awarded


  • 1,173 Master Degrees

  • 20 Doctorates

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NPS Graduate Degrees Conferred by Service

NPS Graduate Degrees Conferred by Service 2017

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  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)

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Faculty & Staff

  • 228 Tenure Track Faculty

  • 384 Non-Tenure Track Faculty

  • 35 Military Faculty

  • 348 GS/Wage Grade staff members

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  • Approx $100 million in sponsored research funding

  • Research programs are aligned to NPS curricula

  • NPS research is valuable to improving the security of the U.S.

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  • $387 million Operating budget: including military salary

  • $91 million Direct Authorization: without military salary

  • $104 million Reimbursable Income

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Academic Facilities

  • 102 Classrooms That Offer Media Technology

  • 19 Classrooms With Video-Teleconferencing

  • 19 Classified Facilities

  • 19 Labs

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UAV Innovation


Roam the halls of the Pentagon for a day and you are likely to hear one word emanating from a fair share of the offices housed in America’s DOD headquarters ... Innovation!

It is without a doubt one of the more well-embraced buzzwords of the day, and for good reason. Modern conflict has demonstrated how much of an equalizer innovation can be, especially when less powerful foes can wage conflict with far stronger states, all because they are more nimble, responsive and...innovative.

But what exactly is innovation?

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A Deeper Understanding of Emerging TECH

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Much like innovation, emerging technology has achieved buzzword status, yet its value in defense circles cannot be understated. While the term emerging technology may be coined in reference to a broad collection of new inventions, capabilities and techniques, each of them represent a critical component within the mission set of DOD organizations at all levels and their personnel.

At the Naval Postgraduate School, students across campus are deeply involved in the development, advancement and utilization of emerging technologies. In the university’s Materials Science laboratory, pictured, students and faculty, are at the cutting-edge of discovery in advanced materials with impressive applications, from resiliency in space to advanced armor materials for the warrior of the not-so-distant future. Read more...

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Cyber is a TEAM SPORT?

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As the DOD continues to advance its cyber workforce, one principal notion has become inarguably clear ... Success in the cyber domain can only be achieved through teamwork and cooperation.

Over the past several years, what has been coined as the Fifth Domain of warfare truly has embodied the complexity of its peers, be it surface, undersea, air or space. In the simplest of terms, effectiveness in cyber operations, defensive or offensive, requires a broad range of systems, technologies, and well-educated people. Read more...

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Global Diplomacy, GLOBAL STRATEGY?

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Diplomacy was once an effort only in the hands of an elite few ... Senior ambassadors and State Department officials artfully negotiating with their peers on behalf of their respective nations.

But the strategic environment facing the United States is constantly in flux, with not just traditional military threats at the forefront of concern with our national security establishment. Today, issues such as nuclear proliferation and worldwide terrorism, and rapidly evolving issues like cyber, climate change and the global space race, among others, present deeply-challenging threats to the security and prosperity of the United States. Read more...

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More Than Just BIG DATA

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As computing, sensing and other technologies have advanced over the years, one notion has become abundantly clear ... data is big. In fact, over the past few years, organizations have been challenged with having too much data, and grown perplexed over what to do with it, and how to use it.

The utilization of big data to make informed decisions by decision-makers is now a relatively common practice in large organizations, and the DOD is no different. NPS academic and research sponsors are finding ways to bring the validation of data science into their respective programs, but freely admit that the Navy faces a significant challenge ... It simply does not have the resident expertise to perform true data science across its broad organization. Read more...



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Timeline 2017



  • Dr. Philip Pace, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is elevated to Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • Former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates holds the first Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture (SGL) for students, faculty and staff of 2017.


  • NPS Heritage Committee celebrates Black History Month with a slate of special speakers and campus events recognizing the contributions of African Americans to our country.
  • U.S. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, then National Security Advisor, adds two books by NPS Professor Zachary Shore to his suggested reading list for White House security staff.


  • NPS students, faculty join industry experts in an exercise to define the mission space for DARPA’s Sea Hunter autonomous surface vessel.
  • Boeing executive Leanne Caret draws parallels between her organization and NPS through the development of leadership during a Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture.


  • The Honorable Jack R. Borsting, former NPS Provost and DOD Comptroller, becomes the 22nd into the NPS Hall of Fame.
  • Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson serves as the keynote speaker for the 117th Submarine Birthday Ball.
  • Gene Morris, an NPS electronics technician earns a place on a new patent awarded to several researchers for developing a unique barrel design for the Navy’s rail gun.


  • NPS researchers specializing in unmanned aerial vehicles joins a team of scientists on an expedition south of the Antarctic Circle to study atmospheric micro-observations to better detect and predict electromagnetic wave propagation.
  • From a group of almost 18,000 highly-qualified applicants, 11astronaut candidates are selected for NASA’s latest class, two of whom are NPS graduates.


  • Researchers in the NPS Department of Meteorology are selected to oversee a five year, $3 million project to study the effects of atmospheric turbulence on optical propagation.
  • NPS receives the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award which recognizes commands ashore and afloat for their commitment to outstanding occupational safety and health programs.


  • Defense Analysis students brief senior officials at U.S. Southern Command on research to discover the influence of foreign state actors within a social movement.
  • NPS students convert an old tow tank from the 1970s into a wave-making machine that will provide enhanced research capabilities today in fluid mechanics and hydrodynamics.


  • NPS joins Navy commands across the U.S. for the second annual “Bells Across America for Fallen Service Members” ceremony, honoring 182 Sailors who died while on active duty over the past year.
  • NPS’ RoboDojo Lab hosts its second Ant-Weight Battlebot competition for remotely-operated mini-robots.


  • Commander, Naval Surface Forces Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden announces comprehensive use of NPS sleep study research and optimized watchbill program to be implemented fleet-wide.
  • Dr. Vint Cerf, considered a Father of the Internet for co-inventing TCP/IP protocols, offers the latest Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture.


  • Twenty-one senior military officers and civilian leaders from 16 nations participate in the university’s Executive Defense Decision-Making Course.
  • More than 1,000 Monterey Peninsula elementary through high school students and hundreds of community and campus members celebrate Discover NPS Day.
  • Chief Information Officers from the intelligence alliance known as FiveEyes, meet at NPS to discuss collective and individual national challenges.