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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.

NWSI Charter Signing 11DEC2020

NWSI Charter Signing (11 December 2020)

The Wayne P. Hughes Jr. Naval Warfare Studies Institute (NWSI) is officially chartered during a small ceremony in NPS' Dudley Knox Library with select university and institute leadership on hand. Held Dec. 11, 2020, just over a year from the legendary strategist's passing, NWSI hopes to honor Hughes' inquisitive spirit and strategic prowess by empowering the university's robust faculty expertise in seapower studies and naval strategy, acting as a cross-campus connector for research efforts in direct response to fleet and force needs.

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NWSI News - 13JUL2021 NWSI Emerging Tech Discovery Panel recording embedded

13 JULY 2021:  NWSI Emerging Tech Discovery Panel - A panel of subject matter experts moderated by NWSI Deputy Director Col Randy Pugh USMC discussed artificial intelligence and machine learning augmented decision tools to support the competition phase in the Western Pacific - a problem space identified by USARPAC for further exploration.

JULY 2021: NWSI congratulates the NPS Field Experimentation Team on the latest joint interagency field experimentation event - JIFX 21-3!! The Quicklook for the JIFX 21-3 event has been posted on the NPS FX website here.

The next event will take place this summer from 23 – 27 August at both Camp Roberts and NPS. Visit the NPS FX website for information about previous and future field experimentation events.

Missed an event and looking for the outcome or recordings of past events? Visit our archive for more information. 

Click the NWSI Events button for a listing of upcoming curated activities of interest.

Missed an event and looking for the outcome or recordings of past events? Visit our archive for more information. 


JULY 2021: NPS has just completed the year-long cross campus NWSI Warfare Innovation Continuum “Resurrecting War Plan Blue” with over 300 faculty, students, and sponsors participating in various education, research, and workshop activities.  Expect an executive summary available in late July.

This summer NPS NWSI kicks off the new Warfare Innovation Continuum “Hybrid Force 2045”.  To learn how you can participate, visit the WIC webpage.

Research & Publications

NWSI would like to offer a well-deserved "Congratulations!" to Dr. Zachary Davis, as well and contributors from the NPS faculty, and former NPS Defense Analysis students, on his on the release of their new book Strategic Latency Unleashed: The Role of Technology in a Revisionist Global Order and the Implications for Special Operations Forces. For more information or to download this book, please click here.

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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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NPS 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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NPS 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

A growing series of warfighter-relevant seminars started in 2019 with a series of discussions with the legendary naval strategist, retired US Navy CAPT Wayne Hughes, about his seminal work, "Fleet Tactics." Check back often for new additions to the collection!

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NPS Field Experimentation

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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WPH NWSI Wargaming Center

The NPS Wayne P. Hughes NWSI 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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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 Programs

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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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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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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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NPS Center for Infrastructure Defense

The Center for Infrastructure Defense (CID) focuses on the continued operation of critical military and civilian infrastructure in the presence of failure, natural disaster, attack, and surprise.

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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.

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NPS Energy Academic Group (EAG)

As an interdisciplinary group of highly diverse faculty, the Energy Academic Group (EAG) maintains the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) as a Navy center of excellence for energy graduate education and research. Our efforts focus on solving the Navy, Marine Corps, and Department of Defense’s (DoD) most critical energy problems through graduate education and research.

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Center for Combating Hybrid Threats

The Center on Combating Hybrid Threats (CCHT) coordinates and conducts interdisciplinary research, education programs, and outreach in order to enhance the Naval Postgraduate School students and partners with the strategic, operational, and technological means necessary to detect, deny, disrupt, degrade, defeat and ultimately deter hybrid threats.

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Climate and Security  Network 

The NPS Climate and Security Network supports the climate and security research and curricular needs of the Navy and DoD.

The network coordinates research and other activities on climate and security occurring across NPS to provide the optimum opportunity of understanding and analysis of these issues to NPS students, the Navy and DoD.

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SEED Center for Data Farming

Our overriding approach has been to advance the state-of-the-art in conducting large-scale simulation studies, by developing and disseminating experimental designs that facilitate the exploration of complex simulation models. 

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Monterey Phoenix Behavior Modeling

Your system or process may be primed to behave in ways you never imagined or intended. Find and fix unexpected behaviors lurking in your design with Monterey Phoenix (MP), a user-friendly language, approach and tool for modeling and reasoning about behavior.

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Center for Executive Education

The Center for Executive Education (CEE)  is a major component of the Navy Executive Development Program and is charged with preparing senior Naval leaders for positions of increased responsibility and leadership within DoD.  CEE provides professional development opportunities to Naval senior leaders with an emphasis on maintaining warfighting effectiveness while optimizing resources and enhancing business discipline.  

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.