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About the Cebrowski Institute

You have a choice: you can either create your own future, or you can become the victim of a future that someone else creates for you. By seizing the transformation opportunities, you are seizing the opportunity to create your own future.   -- Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski (U.S. Navy, Ret.)

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The Cebrowski Institute is a hub of 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.

As a nexus of new ideas on the information revolution for military and security affairs, it combines the intellectual expertise of its faculty, the fresh operational experience of its officer-students, and the expertise of its military and government customers. Ultimately, it serves the nation as an important innovation broker by forging critical connections and support for those who serve in the vanguard of the information revolution.

Executing the Mission

We, the members of the Institute, are educators, scholars, researchers, students, and military officers at the Naval Postgraduate School. We execute the mission by:

  • Sponsoring and organizing regular workshops, symposia, guest lectures, panels, brown-bag seminars, brainstorming meetings, labs, and centers to help us understand and interpret the strategic and tactical implications of the information revolution.

  • Offering well-grounded assessments and constructive criticisms of current information analysis and practice even when the assessments challenge existing policies and strategies.

  • Establishing research projects that produce operationally informed analyses and new ideas on how best to achieve existing and proposed national security goals through information innovation.

  • Publishing findings in the form of reports, articles, workshop and symposium proceedings, student theses, and working prototypes.

  • Providing startup support for faculty teams who wish to organize new projects in information innovation.

  • Relevant case studies.

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"My operational domain is the intersection between unarticulated needs and nonconsensual change."   -- Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski (U.S. Navy, Ret.)

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The institute is named after Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowski, a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Computer Systems Management in 1973, and retired director of the Defense Department's Office of Force Transformation. Known as the Father of Network Centric Warfare, he spent the last six years of his DOD service leading transformation in a cultural climate resistant to change. VADM Cebrowski passed away Nov. 12, 2005 after a long battle with cancer.

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The Cebrowski Leadership

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Dr. Peter Denning

Distinguished Professor

Director, Cebrowski Institute

Chair, Computer Science




Dr. Denning

CDR Sue Higgins, USN (Ret.)

Research, Information Science

Deputy Director of the Cebrowski Institute





Warren Yu, USN (Ret.)

Chief Learning Officer




Faculty Associate

Program Manager, CI

STEM Leadership



Alison Kerr

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Cebrowski Faculty Advisory Committee

Amory Lovins

Chief Scientist & Chairman Emeritus

PhD, Oxford

An American consultant experimental physicist, active at the nexus of energy, resources, economy, environment, development, and security in more than 50 countries for over 40 years, including 14 years based in England.  He is widely considered amount the world's leading authorities on energy - especially its efficient use and sustainable supply - and a fertile innovator in integrative design and in superefficient buildings, factories, and vehicles.


Dr. Lovins has been awarded 12 honorary doctorates form both U.S. and U.K universities.


Anne Clunan

Associate Professor

Department of National Security Affairs

PhD, University of California




Research interests:

  • International relations theory
  • International security and cooperation
  • International institutional change
  • Emerging security threats
  • Globalization and sovereignty
  • Science, technology, environment and international politics
  • Russian foreign policy

Dan Boger

Professor and Chair of Information

Science Department

Department of Information Science

PhD, UC Berkeley




Research Interests:

  • Space Systems Academic Group

David Alderson

Associate Professor of Operations Research

NPS Center for Infrastructure Defense

PhD, Stanford University




Research Interests:

  • Modeling, analysis, and management of the internet and other network-centric infrastructures
  • Optimization-based reverse engineering of complex network systems
  • Attacker-Defender models for critical infrastructure systems
  • Resiliency of cyber-physical systems

John Arquilla

Professor and Chair

Department of Defense Analysis

PhD, Stanford University




Research interests:

  • Revolution in Military Affairs
  • Information-Age Conflict
  • Irregular Warfare

Nicholas Dew

Associate Professor

Graduate School of Business and Public Policy

PhD, University of Virginia




Research interests:

  • Innovation, energy issues in DoD
  • Entrepreneurship, effectuation

Scot Miller

Faculty Associate - Research

Department of Information Science

MA, National Security and Strategic Studies,

Naval War College

MS, Operational Research,

Naval Postgraduate School

MBA, University of West Florida


Research Interests:

  • Acquisition transformation
  • Non classified operations
  • Naval support for international disaster response
  • Knowledge managerment
  • Data strategy and information production and dissemination


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