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NRWG 16-1

Naval Research Working Group (NRWG) 16-1 | March 21-24, 2016


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The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) hosted the Naval Research Working Group (NRWG) 16-1 March 21-24, 2016 aboard the Monterey campus. This activity is an essential element in the success of the NPS Naval Research Program, as envisioned by the Secretary of the Navy. It serves as a forum for Navy and Marine organizations to communicate, review, validate, and recommend topics for NPS research in FY17. SECNAVINST 1524.2C dtd 141021 identifies that, “an active academic research program is vital to the quality of education provided to students, the attraction and retention of exceptional faculty members, and the provision of real-time, directly relevant deliverables to government sponsors.”

During the main event, an all-hands plenary session, attendees with research requirements (topic sponsors) were asked to present a short briefing to faculty and students summarizing their topic(s), the benefit(s) to the Services, and expected deliverables from the research. Attending topic sponsors had the opportunity to participate in a sponsor-only sync session to coordinate and collaborate on research requirements of mutual interest prior to the plenary session. Attendees were encouraged to participate in student and faculty breakout sessions to solidify research requirement topic definitions. Sponsors also had the opportunity to conduct interim progress reviews for ongoing FY16 projects.

This was an excellent annual opportunity for the Navy and Marine Corps to effectively leverage NPS faculty expertise and student operational experience as valuable research assets. All faculty and students were invited and encouraged to participate in the week’s events and were required at the plenary session, as appropriate.

The primary point of contact for this event was LtCol Lou Camardo at +1 831-656-2794 or e-mail Alternate points of contact were: Mr. Rod Abbott (NRP Program Manager) at +1 831-656-2579, or e-mail; and Mr. Bob Osterhoudt (NPS NRP National Capital Region Representative) at +1 703-489-9729, or e-mail


At the Plenary Sessions on day one, topic sponsors will present their research topics and future research requirements to an audience of NPS students, faculty, and staff using the NRP template slide found on the topic portal. The Plenary Sessions are followed, on days two and three, by Revolving Panel Sessions at which topic sponsors are able to address smaller groups of interested faculty and students. Topics are covered in more depth during the revolving panel sessions. Additionally, individual breakout sessions will be held between topic sponsors and faculty/students in order to discuss specific research needs in detail, begin or continue to scope any proposed work, and cover IPRs for those NRP projects already underway.

Travel days will be Sunday and Friday, 20 and 25 March respectively.

  • Day One (Monday, 21 March 2016):

0730-0830:  Topic Sponsor Sync Session
0900-1000:  NRWG Kickoff and Keynote Speakers: Dr. Maura Sullivan and Col James T. Jenkins
1000-1630:  Plenary Session
1700-2000:  Social and Faculty Research Poster Session

  • Days Two and Three (Tuesday and Wednesday, 22-23 March 2016):

0900-1200 and 1300-1600: Revolving Panel Sessions, Individual Breakout Sessions, and In-progress Reviews (IPRs).

  • Day Four (Thursday, 24 March 2016):

0900-1100 Topic Sponsor Outbrief and Hotwash,
1300-1700 In-progress Reviews (IPRs) as required

Detailed Schedule available on the Media tab.

NRWG 16-1 Agenda


Topic Sponsor Synch Session
The Naval Research Working Group kicks off with the Topic Sponsor Sync Session.  At this meeting, the Naval Research Program staff will give an overview of the week's events, ensuring that the topic sponsors know where they need to be and what they need to accomplish throughout the week-long working group.  There will also be a review of the expected output for the week and questions will be answered.  The primary purpose of the Sync Session is to ensure that the topic sponsors are prepared for a successful week at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Plenary Session
During the Plenary Session, Topic Sponsors very briefly (2 minutes per topic) introduce their organization and research topics. The intent is to provide NPS faculty and students an introduction to the topics and Topic Sponsors, with discussions to continue during individual Break-Out Sessions and the scheduled Revolving Panel Sessions. The Plenary Session is scheduled by School and therefore a presenter may be presenting at more than one time during the day, based on the primary curriculum preference that was selected at the time of topic input. (Slides generated by NRP Topic Portal)

Revolving Panel Sessions
During the Revolving Panel Sessions, Topic Sponsors will have an assigned window (approx 25 minutes) to brief their topics in a small audience format. The intent is to provide NPS faculty and students with a greater in-depth discussion of topic details. (Slides provided by presenter. Please send to the NRP ASAP and also plan to bring them on disc).

Break-out Sessions

Each Topic Sponsor presenting has an assigned break-out location, as specified on the program insert. NPS faculty and students are invited to meet with Topic Sponsors during break-out sessions to discuss topics and begin scoping research. Topic Sponsors manage their own break-out session schedules.

In-progress Reviews (IPRs)
Faculty members and students currently conducting research for topic sponsors who are in attendance should schedule in-progress reviews during the afternoon in whatever location on campus best suits their needs. There is room available at Dudley Knox Library for in-progress reviews; however sponsors, faculty, and students are encouraged to schedule in-progress reviews in laboratories and other relevant working spaces as they see fit.

Topic Sponsor Out-briefs and Hotwash
Topic Sponsor Out-briefs provide a formal opportunity for Topic Sponsors to give feedback of metric outcomes of the event to the NPS Dean of Research. The Topic Sponsor Hotwash is an informal discussion of the events suggestions for improvements.

Social and Faculty Research Poster Session
The Naval Research Program's social and poster session is primarily an opportunity for our many research topic sponsors to get a better idea of the breadth and depth of the research taking place at the Naval Postgraduate School. Our world-class faculty study the cutting edge developments of operational Navies across the globe. Their research extends the reach of today's Naval services, whether underwater, on the surface, in the air, or orbiting the earth. Come see their research projects, ask them to share their expertise, and enjoy the informal social. The NPS Foundation has generously agreed to provide food for the event and bartenders will be standing by. Take advantage of this showcase of the NPS faculty who we are so proud of! See you in the La Novia room on Monday, 21 March at 1700!



Conference Exception: This working group has been designated a Title 10 function and is therefore conference exempt. Further, it has been formally vetted and meets exemption 4b in Section IV of DOD Conference guidance DTD 06 nov 2013, as an internal agency business matter. 
Mission Critical Travel: Although sponsor attendance is highly encouraged, mission criticality for NRWG attendance will be established by the individual traveler's command.



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DRESS CODE:  Military: Seasonal Service Khakis, Service Charlies or equivalent. Civilian: Business Casual

CLIMATE: The Monterey Peninsula’s year-round climate has temperatures ranging from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 20 degrees Celsius) during the daytime, and from 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler at night.

TRANSPORTATION: Government transportation between area airports and the NPS campus is not available. Please note that the only taxi service allowed on base at NPS is the Yellow Cab Company (Tel: +1 831-646-1234).

GATE ACCESS TO NPSPlease use the gate located at 10th Street and Sloat Avenue to expedite base access. This gate is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is accessible by anyone with a DOD Identification Card. If you do not have a DOD Identification Card and need gate access, please contact the Naval Research Program Office at NPS_NRP_POC@nps.eduIf you are driving a rental car, you must be prepared to show your driver’s license and your rental agreement. Passengers in your car should also be prepared to present identification if requested.

LODGING: Lodging for the Monterey Bay Area is in high demand. Also, rooms through Navy Gateway are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants are encouraged to secure room reservations as soon as possible. Payment for rooms is the responsibility of the individual. Please check the per diem rate for lodging in Monterey County, California.

On-campus lodging:


*A block of rooms has been reserved for the NRWG at Herrmann Hall. However, in order to access that block of rooms, please notify LtCol Camardo at or +1 831-656-2794 of your intent. You will be provided a confirmation number which you will use when contacting the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) at Herrmann hall. This will guarantee your room as part of the NRWG block of rooms. NGIS will not honor requests for the NRWG block of rooms unless they come from the NRP. A credit card (VISA/MASTERCARD) is required to secure your room reservation. Payment is due upon checkout and is made directly at the Front Desk.

Navy Gateway Inns and Suites

1 University Circle. Monterey, CA 93943
Tel: +1 831-656-2060, ext. 1 | Fax: +1 831-656-7967

Off-campus lodging: 
Listed below are three hotels within the closest proximity to the Naval Postgraduate School:
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
1 Old Golf Course Road. Monterey, CA, 93940
Tel: +1 831-372-1234 | Fax: +1 831-375-3960
The Navy Lodge - Monterey
1100 Farragut Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Tel: +1 831-372-6133 or +1 800-NAVY-INN

Hilton Garden Inn Monterey
1000 Aguajito Road. Monterey, CA 93940
Tel: +1 831-373-6141 | Fax: +1 831-655-8608


  • Laptop Computers: Participants may use laptop computers. Support for personal computers is not provided.
  • Wireless Internet Guest Access - Instructions
  • Video Teleconferencing (VTC): facilities are available for reservation. Please email to inquire.
  • Virtual HelpDesk - Technology Assistance Center (TAC):
    Ph: +1 831-656-1046 | Email: | Location: Ingersoll Hall, Room In-151. | Support Hours: 0800-1600.
  • SIPR access is available in the NPS Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) or Dudley Knox Library.
    The SCIF can accommodate storage of classified material up to and including top secret.



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There are over 50 Department of the Navy Topic Sponsor Organizations, representing over 200 topics at NRWG 16-1. A comprehensive list of all available research topics and specific Topic Sponsor contact information can be found on the Naval Research Program Topic Portal.


N1 - Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education
N2/N6 - Information Dominance
N3/N5 - Information, Plans & Strategy
N4 - Material Readiness & Logistics
N8 - Integration of Capabilities & Resources
N9 - Warfare Systems
Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF)
Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC)
Commander, Seventh Fleet (COMSEVENTHFLT)
Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (Management)
High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (HEL-JTO)
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD)
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM)
Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC)
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
Naval Special Warfare Command (NSW)
Naval Surface Mine Warfare Development Center (SMWDC)
Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC)
Navy Modeling and Simulation Office (NMSO)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1)
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
Strategic Systems Programs (SSP)


3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW)
HQMC Aviation (HQMC AVN)
HQMC DC Programs and Resources (P&R)
HQMC Installations and Logistics (I&L)
HQMC Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA)
HQMC Plans, Policies & Operations (PP&O)
HQMC Programs & Resources (P&R)
HQMC Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA)
Marine Corps College of Distance Education & Training (CDET)
Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC)
Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O)
Marine Corps Logistic Command (MCLC)
Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group (MCLOG)
Marine Corps Modeling & Simulation Management Office (MCMSMO)
Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM)
Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA)
Marine Corps Technology Services Organization (TSO)
Marine Expeditionary Forces (I, II & III MEF)
Marine Forces Cyberspace Command (MFCC)
Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES)
Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS 1)


Relevant information will be added and linked as available

Relevant information will be added and linked as available


  • Laptop Computers: Participants may use laptop computers. Support for personal computers is not provided.
  • Wireless Internet Guest Access - Instructions
  • Video Teleconferencing (VTC): facilities are available for reservation. Please email to inquire.
  • Virtual HelpDeskTechnology Assistance Center (TAC):
    Ph: +1 831-656-1046 | Email: | Location: Ingersoll Hall, Room In-151. | Support Hours: 0800-1600.
  • SIPR access is available in the NPS Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) or Dudley Knox Library.
    The SCIF can accommodate storage of classified material up to and including top secret.