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Adopted Projects that Have Emerged from within the Cebrowski Intitute

Ultimately, we end up having to focus at the tactical level because that's where transactions take place.  The tactical level is the check-out counter in the great department store of national security.  -- Retired Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski


Cebrowski Institute Highlights

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Hastily Formed Networks (HFN)

2004 - present

  • John Gibson has taken over HFN since Brian Steckler retired in 2015.
  • Suitcase Internet comms for HA/DR
  • HA/DR is now a Navy strategic objective.
  • Student teams have gone to Tsunami, Katrina, Haiti, Philippines, CA wildfires, and numerous exercises.
  • HFN is a visible “trademark” of NPS.


Mobile Devices

2004 - present

  • Gurminder Singh (CS)
  • Moving essential computations from mainframes over to portable devices.
  • Grown from an early curiosity to a major theme today.
  • Partners with the CORE lab.


Valued Information at the Right Time (VIRT)

2007 - present

  • Rick Hayes-Roth (IS)
  • Reducing cognitive overload from information glut associated with big data
  • Dan Boger continues the project in IS Dept: the concern is growing
  • Initial sponsor USMC, now Intel Community



2005 - present

  • Sue Higgins (IS)
  • Helping the USN to significantly reduce energy footprint.
  • Adoption focus on technology, policy, and culture.
  • Seeded by energy web community development and speakers – e.g.,  Amory Lovins, who is on staff as PoP.
  • Facilitated “The Energy Conversation” 2008 in DC (Mitzi Werthheim, an early advisor to institute, now on staff as PoP)
  • Van Bibber attended the 1st Navy Energy Summit at ONR and created a connection wtih NPS, leading to NPS's Energy Aacademic Group.
  • Led the design and development of the Navy Executive Ed (now CEE).
  • Designing Navy-wide energy culture change initiatives.


Global Public Policy


  • Karen Guttieri (GSBPP)
  • Helping USN/DOD think through public policy and civil-military issues in military ops
  • Developed early multi-disciplinary course; now Masters curriculum for Civil Affairs community
  • Now part of GSBPP; Guttieri recently received award from Civil Affairs community




  • Col Andy Hernandez (OR)
  • Detecting and destroying IEDs and the networks that built them.
  • Launched an indisciplinary cross campus IED study initiative.
  • Transitioned into National Security Institute up to completion.


Technology Transfer


  • Peter Denning (CS)
  • Helped DARPA to evaluate effectiveness at transferring new technology to their military customers.
  • Involvement included:  Nick Dew, Dan Nussbaum, and students from CS, IS, OR, and GSBPP.
  • DARPA had a 30% success rate, which is 26% higher than the industry standard of 4%.
  • The GSBPP faculty continue the technology transfer research with other sponsors.



  • Alison Kerr (CI), started 2005
  • Launched summer intern program with Hartnell CC Salinas, Hispanic students, 1st generation Americans
  • Navy encourages outreach to develop young people who might later engage with Navy
  • Wide participation across campus
  • Grew from 2 interns (2005) to > 100 (2013)
  • Top Navy STEM Intern Lab
  • Transition to DOR in 2013

Natural Language Processing

  • Craig Martell (CS), started 2007
  • Identifying authors and intentions from captured chat texts
  • Big issue in data mining
  • Detect terror networks from chat
  • Measure learning in MOOCs

World Wide consortium for the Grid (C2COG)

  • Chris Gunderson (IS), started 2004
  • Confederation of DOD units to promote working standards and test ranges for the next generation of defense Internets
  • Cooperation with NCOIC, Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium, with similar aims for defense contractors
  • Transitioned to W2COG.ORG, a 501(c)(3)

Information Dominance

  • N2/N6 OPNAV studies, started 2013
  • Partner with NPS Information Dominance Center for Excellence (IDCFE, CAPT Tim Unrein) to spur faculty participation in N2/N6 part of OPNAV studies program
  • Over 100 faculty proposals in the first round

Navy Tactical Cloud

  • Warren Yu (CI), started 2011
  • Helping Navy transition to cloud services and cloud operations
  • Grew strong partnership with Fleet Numerical Meteorology & Oceanography Command (FNMOC), Monterey, Navy’s largest supercomputing faculty
  • Involvement by faculty in IS, CS, OR, DA, ITACS

Design Thinking

  • Nancy Roberts and John Arquilla (DA), 2012
  • Developed first NPS design studio in CI, modeled after Silicon Valley IDEO and Stanford D-Center
  • Especially useful for finding solutions to wicked problems
  • Initial project: Army 2020 (GEN Odierno)
  • Design approach increasing in classes and projects across campus

Cyber Adventurers

  • Off shoot of STEM --  Peter Denning and Sue Higgins – assisted by 2 NSF grants 2006 and 2009
  • Excite K-12 students about CS, addressing Navy CS & STEM concerns
  • After school and summer programs
  • Mentors: CSUMB undergrads, high school students
  • Cyber security games – Peterson and Gondree
  • Became part of mission of Military Cyber Professionals Association (Maj Joe Billingsley, USA)
  • Transitioned to NPS Cyber Club and local non-profit, Lyceum
  • NPS students starting to grow Cyber Adventurer models at follow-on duty stations

Innovation Adoption

  • Peter Denning (CS) and Nick Dew (GSBPP), 2009
  • Adoption is the real challenge of innovation – design is the “easy” part
  • Big challenge in Navy to overcome bureaucratic inertia and maintain leadership in use of technologies
  • E-week workshops “innovation by design” since 2009

Data Science

  • Emerging wave, 2013
  • The science behind big data
  • Driven by accelerating trend of digitization of almost everything
  • Generate, collect, search, analyze, mine exabytes of data
  • Navy must master this digital world for operational superiority
  • Cooperation of data analysts, system architects, and application specialists

Big ideas

  • Helping Navy leadership think and position for what is coming
  • Surfing emerging waves of technologies and possibilities, in search of new ideas that may change the world and military operations
  • Avoiding technology surprises
  • Setting future education requirements
  • Positioning for emerging technologies

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The Cebrowski Sponsors

Listed below are the adapted Cebrowski incubations listed by sponsor

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Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information (ASD NII)

  • Hastily Formed Networks (B. Steckler)

Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN)

  • Net-Ready Key Performance Parameter (S. Miller)
  • Systems Strategy Planning

Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (COE-DMHA)Crest - COE-DMHA

  • Research/Curriculum Development Project
  • Challenges in Technology TransitionUSACAPOC(A) small.jpg

Coast Guard Air Station KodiakCoast Guard Air Station - Seal

  • Web 2.0 Information Sharing

Defense Advanced Research Projects AgencyCrest - DARPA

  • Accelerated Technology Transfer (P. Denning)
  • CDLS Review
  • Crowd Sourcing (G. Xie)

Defense Acquisition University (DAU)Crest - Defense Acquisition University

  • World Wide Consortium for the Grid

Defense Information Systems AgencyCrest - DISA

  • Automated Media Exploritation
  • JITC Netcentric Certification Office (C. Gunderson)
  • Military Wireless Communications (G. Singh, G. Xie)

Department of Homeland SecurityCrest - Homeland Security

  • The Energy Conversation

Department of Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO)Crest - DON CIO

  • Cross Sector Community Collaboration

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC)Image result for FNMOC Logo

  • Navy Tactical Cloud (W. Yu)

International Maritime Satellite Organization (INMARSAT)

  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations

      (B. Steckler & J. Gibson)

Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIEDDO)Crest - JIEDDO

  • Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization Research Program

Joint Inteoperability Test CommandCrest - JITC

  • IO Research

Marine CorpsImage result for marine corps

  • Military Wireless Communications (J. Gibson)
  • Crowd Sourcing (G. Xie)
  • Next Generation of Leaders (S. Higgins)

OPNAV, Information Dominance (N2/N6)Crest - N2/N6

  • Information Dominance

National Defense University, Resource Mgmt

  • Energy and Behavior (S. Higgins)

National Science Foundation (NSF)NSF Crest

  • Computer Security (M. Gondree)
  • Innovation (P. Denning)
  • Corporate Strategic Communications
  • EST An Enterprise Center of Excellence
  • Rebooting Computing

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)NAWCAD

  • Transformation Chair
  • Hastily Formed Networks (B. Steckler)


  • Energy and Behavior (S. Higgins)

Navy Information Operations Command (NIOCs), formerly called (NSGC)

Office of Force Transformation (OFT)Crest DoD (OFT)

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OpNav)

  • Energy & Behavior (S. Higgins)
  • Next Generation of Leaders (S. Higgins)
  • Navy Tactical Cloud (W. Yu)

Office of Naval Research (ONR)ONR

  • Military Wireless Communication (J. Gibson)
  • Next Generation of Leaders (S. Higgins)
  • Hastily Formed Networks (B. Steckler)
  • Energy & Behavior (A. Howard)
  • Continuous Integration Environment (W. Yu)
  • Strategic Communication (S. Higgins)
  • Consortium for the Grid (S. Miller)
  • Definition of Metrics for MDA
  • Educational Opportunities to Support
  • Recognizing Patterns of Anomie (K. Guttieri)
  • Research Support for Kyknoco (K. Guttieri)
  • System Dynamics / Real Options Analysis

OSDCrest DoD (OFT)

Program Executive Office (PEO C41)

  • Bandwidth Allocation Management
  • JOTARS: Joint Online Thesis/Research System


  • Assessment Federation Support (S. Miller)
  • Broad Based Maritime Collaboration Capability (S. Higgins)
  • C2 Rapid Prototype Capability (W. Yu)
  • Decision Superiority in Cyberspace
  • Education Film Symposium - article
  • Energy (S. Higgins)
  • Integrating Cell Phone Technology with Marine Corps Tactical networks
  • Failing Fast and Early to Succeed Sooner (W. Yu)
  • Continuous Integration Environment (W. Yu)
  • Geospatial Information (W. Yu)
  • Information Dominance Systems of ExA (S. Miller)
  • CANES SOA Based Security Architecture (C. Gunderson)
  • Transformational C2 SVC (P. Denning)
  • Trust Corporation in KFN
  • Global Wargame: Warfighting Assessment (S. Miller)
  • Integration of Cellular Technology (F. Kragh)
  • CDLS Review (S. Miller)
  • Definition of Metrics for MDA (S. Gallup)
  • 2007 Humanitrain Outreach (B. Steckler)
  • Disruptive Technology Exploration (S. Higgins)

Seal - US Strategic CommandUnited States Strategic Command (USSTRACTCO)

  • CPATH CDEF: Resparking Innovation

US Army War College

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station (USCG Air S)

  • Hastily Formed Networks (B. Stecker)

University of Maryland

  • Natural Language Processing (C. Martell):  The Natural Language Processing of Online Chat and weblogs consists of NPS Chat Corpus,Topic Detection in Chat, Thread Extraction in Chat, Authorship Attribution for Weblogs, Detecting Sexual Predators in Online Chat, Semantic Search, Natural Language Processing of Requirements Documents, Speech and Gesture for Human/Robot Coordination, and Computational Gesture Analysis

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