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The mission of the Naval Warfare Studies Institute (NWSI) is to coordinate NPS inter-disciplinary research and education to accelerate and enhance warfare concept and capability development.

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Who we are

A hub of experts that enable teamwork and collaboration with the NPS innovation ecosystem.

What we do

Optimize NPS’ inter-disciplinary educational and research response to Naval warfighting needs.

Why NWSI matters

Accelerate and enhance tactically and technically informed solutions to the Naval forces.

How NWSI works

Provide a portal to access NPS talent, resources, and facilities.

Putting it together...

NWSI informs, coordinates, integrates, and advocates in support of the USN N7 and USMC CD&I's requirements through interaction with the following NPS activities.

Research & Publications

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18 November 2020: NWSI Wargaming Directors provide direct support to NATO’s Joint Warfighting Center. Read about how NPS’s wargaming experts assist with real-world operational training and readiness! 
17 November 2020: Congratulations to Jeff Appleget, Jeff Kline, and Rob Burks for their publication to the Center for International Maritime Security! Their article, "Revamping Wargaming Education for U.S. Department of Defense," provides compelling points on the importance of wargaming and advocates for increased wargaming education for military officers. The full article can be read here.
16 November 2020: Listen to Jeff Appleget, Robert Burks, and Fred Cameron, the authors of the new book "The Craft of Wargaming," on the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings Podcast, discuss how to run a successful wargame and how military leaders can avoid drawing the wrong conclusions from the results.
13 November 2020: Congratulations to NWSI's own Lyla Englehorn for her recent article published in Future Force Magazine! The article (pp 22-24) highlights NPS's Robotics Engineering certificate program which aims to provide a flexible learning experience that instills the essential concepts and skills necessary to understand, design, and operate robotic systems. The program is designed to contribute to and expand the fledgling “Naval Innovation Ecosystem," by focusing on the critical field of naval robotics. For more information, please go to their website, or email
12 November 2020: CRUSER Selects FY21 Research Seed Funding. CRUSER is pleased to announce the seed research proposal selections for 2021. The CRUSER Advisory Group (CAG), co-chaired by the Dean of Research and the CRUSER Director, and consisting of past CRUSER directors, NPS Warfare Chairs, and the senior military service representatives met on October 20th to review the FY21 proposals. This year’s solicited research themes were:   Autonomy Modeling and Simulation (A-M&S)Autonomy Enabled Ocean ScienceAutonomy in Context, and Autonomy at large


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Athena is a online collaborative research discovery tool that allows researchers, sponsors, and leaders across the Naval Education Enterprise to access and query information currently stored in numerous separate databases. Completed and ongoing research projects as well as potential future research topics are organized into “communities of interest” and then presented to potential researchers based on their education, military occupational specialty, and expressed research interests.

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Calhoun: The NPS Institutional Archive

Calhoun is the Naval Postgraduate School's digital repository for research materials and institutional publications created by the NPS community. Materials in Calhoun are openly accessible to anyone on the web, and will be preserved for future generations. Calhoun is named for Professor of Mathematics Guy K. Calhoun, NPS’s first appointed -- and published -- scholarly author.

Archived reports of NWSI's Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshops from 2011-now can be accessed through Cahoun by following this link.

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Naval Research Program

The Naval Postgraduate School Naval Research Program is funded by the Chief of Naval Operations and supports research projects for the Navy and Marine Corps. The NRP research projects are comprised of individual research teams, where projects are conducted, NPS expertise is developed, and then maintained, on behalf of the Navy and Marine Corps.

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Warfare Innovation Continuum

NPS Warfare Innovation Continuum leverages classroom projects, theses, and research in advancing naval concepts, assessing new technologies, and developing tactics while enhancing our students’ educational experience and sharpening their combat skills.

Archived reports of NWSI's Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshops from 2011-now can be accessed through Cahoun by following this link.

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NPS Seapower Conversations

The legendary naval strategist, retired US Navy CAPT Wayne Hughes, discusses his seminal work, "Fleet Tactics."

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Ranging from student led research experimentation to the Joint Interagency Field Experimenation elements of NPS continue to test cutting edge technology for our warfighters.

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NPS Big Idea Exchange

The Big Idea Exchange (BIX) is an NPS initiative that brings forward new and potentially game-changing thinking developed by NPS faculty and students to address grand challenges in American national security.

Coordinating NPS Institutes

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CRUSER was chartered at the direction of the Secretary of the Navy to create a broad consortium - spanning the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense, academia, and industry - focused on the advancement of unmanned systems education and research in order to "shape generations of naval officers through education, research, concept generation and experimentation in maritime application of robotics, automation, and unmanned systems."

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Littoral Operations Center

The Littoral Operations Center (LOC) is established to enhance the U.S. Navy’s integration of land, air, sea and undersea operations along the world’s coastlines, through interdisciplinary research and development involving all the departments and schools at NPS.

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NPS Wargaming Center

Provides the Department of Defense, allies and defense partners access to the unique wargaming capabilities of the Naval Postgraduate School students and faculty.

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Consortium for Intelligent Systems Education and Research

Integrated education and research in intelligent systems (artificial intellgience, machine learning, and data science) to ensure the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are prepared to fight and win the 21st century.

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Cebrowski Institute for Military Innovation

The Cebrowski Institute is a hub of military innovation for the information revolution in military and security affairs for the US Navy, the US DOD and the nation. The Institute helps generate innovative ideas for information strategy and tactics and supports the information entrepreneurs who champion them in the Navy and DOD. The Institute works with leaders and community networks to bring the new ideas into practice.

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Modeling Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Institute

MOVES enhances the operational effectiveness of our joint forces and our allies by providing superior training and analysis products, education, and exemplary research in the field of modeling and simulation.

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Sea Land Air Military Research

The Sea Land Air Military Research (SLAMR) Initiative is intended to address the “whole of country” challenges that face our Nation in a time of renewed great power competition.

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Center for Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations

C3O is America's foremost center for defense-related research and education in software security, Inherently Trustworthy Systems (ITC), Cybersecurity Defense, and the use of computational systems in both defensive and adversarial Cyber Operations.

External Naval Coordination

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Navy Warfare Development Command

Mission: Develop and integrate innovative solutions to complex naval warfare challenges to enhance current and future warfighting capabilities.

Vision: To be the recognized leader in operational-level concept generation, warfighting development, and cross-domain integration to strengthen U.S. Navy warfighting power.

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Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Combat Development & Integration

Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), Combat Development and Integration (CD&I) is the institutional and intellectual epicenter for the evolution of the Marine Corps. They prepare the Marine Corps for what lays ahead through identifying and facilitating the fielding of Marine Corps warfighting capabilities to using units as expeditiously as possible

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Research & Wargaming at U.S. Naval War College

Founded, in the words of Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, United States Navy, as “a place of original research,” one of the primary functions of the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is to conduct research, analysis, and gaming to support the requirements of the Secretary of the Navy and others. The Center for Naval Warfare Studies (CNWS) at NWC complements our educational curriculum by serving as a home for original research, innovative thinking, and creative problem solving.

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Krulak Center at Marine Corps University

Inspired by its namesake, the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity enables an interdisciplinary approach to complex problem solving, fosters an environment that enhances our collective warfighting capability, and facilitates and encourages novel solutions to current and future warfighting challenges in order to expand the Corps’ competitive edge and improve our warfighting effectiveness. 

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Gray Research Center at Marine Corps University

The mission of the Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center (GRC) is to support study and teaching at all levels within the Marine Corps through the storage of, organization of, and provision of access to tactical, operational, and strategic warfighting and international relations information.