Secretary of the Navy, Carlos Del Toro announces the Naval Innovation Center at NPS

I am also directing the creation of a Navy Innovation Center at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California – right in the heart of our nation’s leading technology corridor. This will serve as a premier military education facility tailored to innovation and experimentation, serving as a technology resource for Navy and Marine Corps warfighting development commands, as well as a go-to partner of the defense industrial base, the technology sector, and academia...
Secretary of the Navy at Columbia University
Honorable Secretary of the Navy, Carlos Del Toro speaking at Columbia University in December 2022

Innovation Cycle

Our innovation cycle is grounded in a 5-step process that is being scaled across DoD. At NPS, our operationally experienced students inform the innovation process. The Naval Warfare Studies Institute at NPS works with the fleet to identify and curate problems in collaboration with the new NPS Office of Research and Innovation (OR&I). Together with partners from industry, NPS innovation moves research concepts from idea to impact.

innovation cycle: Curate, Ideate, Prototype, Experiment, Transition

Where Innovation Happens

Innovation-driven, NPS develops warfighters and warfighting solutions.

WIC design thinking exercise


Defense-focused, naval-relevant education prepares critical and strategic thinkers able to problem-solve, adapt, innovate and lead.

Capstone projects


Cross-discipline teams conduct classified and applied research to develop innovative solutions informed by student operational insight.



Operationalize concepts and scale research solutions with industry partners; taking ideas to impact for maritime dominance.

The NPS Innovation Process in Action

NPS graduate education and research enables innovative ideas and solutions applied to real-world operational problems.

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How does the Naval Innovation Center process work? Read more about the operating concept: Article | Booklet (single or 2-page view).

Get Involved!

Learn more about the Naval Warfare Studies Institute and NPS Office of Research & Innovation.

If you're the fleet...

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If you're industry...

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Learn more about the vision for a purpose-built facility to house the Naval Innovation Center at NPS.