Warfare Innovation Continuum Begins Research on Integrated Naval Campaigning
The newest Warfare Innovation Continuum kicks off in September with a concept generation workshop that will bring together teams of students, faculty, and guests from allied nations, DOD commands, warfare centers, academia and industry all focused on this year’s theme: Integrated Naval Campaigning.
Robotics and emerging technologies: This year’s WIC will explore the confluence of various emerging technologies to enhance the nation’s ability to conduct integrated missions in the maritime domain.
Jeff Kline, Professor of the Practice at NPS’ Operations Research Department, identified this year's theme that applies new technologies to familiar operational challenges.
- “We have numerous past examples of integrated naval campaigning from the amphibious operations of World War II to counter-piracy operations of today,” said Kline. “However, we will explore opportunities for new concepts brought on by the robotics age of warfare’s contributions to all domains.”
Why it matters: The annual Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop is a “good idea” engine that seeds the work of NPS student and faculty research teams to address problem spaces of key interest to Naval leadership.
Lyla Englehorn, NWSI Concepts Lead and WIC workshop organizer, described the power of this process.
- “‘Good idea fairies’ get a bad rap, but good ideas are required for significant change,” said Englehorn. “Warfighter-centered design will help us harness the power of imagination to rapidly identify and develop potential solutions.”
The WIC Workshop is the first step in both the year-long warfare innovation continuum and the larger innovation continuum at NPS.
How it works: Using tools of warfighter-centered design, small teams of junior officers and early-career engineers respond to a design challenge and rapidly generate solutions to explore further through applied research and experimentation.
This year’s workshop participants will be teamed up in one of five groups:
- 21st Century Amphibious Ops
- Maritime Gray Zone Ops
- Coordinated & Coalition Ops
- Undersea Ops
- Contested Logistics
Students are key to success: September’s workshop relies on the creative insights of NPS students who engage in the concept generation process. To fill out the teams, we need approximately 25 students.
- It’s a win-win: Past student participants found the investment deepened their critical thinking skill sets and their understanding of contemporary operational challenges.
Mentors and specialists are also needed: A small group of more experienced individuals serve as guides to share their experience in this vast complex problem space and provide feedback as teams work through the design challenge.
- Facilitator and panelist roles are available by invitation only. If you have unique skills to offer or have been directed to register as a specialist, please register in this role and add a note in your bio. We will be in touch after your registration is reviewed.
We are specifically seeking concept generation team members to help us explore amphibious operations, mobile mining, and sustainment in a future battlespace.
The 2023 Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop will be held over four days from September 18-21 at NPS with remote participation options available.
- Note that this workshop is scheduled in the week between NPS finals and graduation to avoid class conflicts.
What’s next: Registration is open!
NPS in the News
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Arthurton met with leaders from the Naval Postgraduate School International Graduate Programs Office (IGPO), Department of Computer Science, and the Center for Cyber Warfare to explore current curricula and potential developmental opportunities for members of the UK Digital Artificial Intelligence Centre and Defence Digital Foundry. Read more.
Quarterly Welcome Social at NPS
Naval Postgraduate School Foundation and Alumni Association
July 19, 2023 1600-1800 PDT | The Trident Room
New and current students and their spouses or guests, as well as faculty and alumni, are invited to the Quarterly Welcome Social in the Trident Room on July 19 for socializing and hosted refreshments.
JIFX 23-4: Autonomy and Human Machine Teaming
Aug 7, 2023 to Aug 12, 2023
NPS Field Laboratory at Camp Roberts
Warfare Innovation Continuum Workshop: Integrated Naval Campaigning
Sep 18, 2023 to Jul 22, 2023
NPS campus and ZoomGov