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Academic Catalog Naval Postgraduate School
Admiral James D. Watkins, USN, Ret.
In 1954, I made the decision to stay in the Navy because I was accepted at the Naval Postgraduate School. Several times throughout my career, my NPS education was critical, in one case probably saving the ship during an operational emergency at sea. I heavily relied on my NPS engineering education both as CNO and as the Secretary of Energy. NPS has excellent programs in science and technology that will advance your career, contribute to the Navy, and enhance national security. The unique environment wll provide you the opportunity to make a direct impact.
Admiral Arleigh Burke, USN, Ret.
The Navy has been a leader in this rapid technological advance. But this did not come by accident, nor did it come overnight. It has been the result of educating carefully selected officers in each succeeding generation of officers. It has been essential to train officers who could assimilate the education they would receive, who would continue their professional interests, who would be fully qualified for command at sea, and who would combine the scholar's interest in science and technology with the practical man's appreciation of how new discoveries can be applied. All with but one purpose, one objective: to improve the Navy's combat effectiveness, and security of the United States.
Admiral Kirkland H. Donald, USN, Ret.
How important is earning a degree from the Naval Postgraduate School? Our Nation, our very way of life, is at stake. The U.S. remains the world’s only superpower not merely because of her sophisticated weaponry and technology: the weapons, the technology, are all useless without the people trained to understand and apply them. History has shown that societies and cultures which cease to innovate perish. The furtherance of your technical acumen and insight will therefore play a vital role in service to the nation.
General Michael W. Hagee, USMC, Ret.
The battlefield of today and the battlefield of the future are going to continue to be uncertain, chaotic, plagued with fog and friction, and very dangerous. We need military leaders who can work and thrive in that particular environment. An NPS education, bolstered by student and faculty research, produces a graduate whose intellectual agility and flexibility will prove increasingly valuable to the naval services in the joint force in dealing with such uncertainty.
Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN, Ret.
The Naval Postgraduate School is a national - and international treasure. With its rigorous curriculum, talented faculty and a diverse student body that includes students from all the U.S. armed forces, other federal agencies and more than 60 nations, NPS contributes greatly to enhanced joint coalition, and interagency effectivenesss. Knowledge and imagination are the keys to dealing with the challenges of this new era, and here at NPS those keys are forged. The Naval Postgraduate School rightly boasts an illustrious past, but I am convinced its future burns even brighter.