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CNAF turns to NPS to take on Naval Aviation Readiness
In the fall of 2017, U.S. Navy aviation faced a daunting challenge. The preceding five years had seen a surge in aviation mishaps, and aircraft readiness levels across the Fleet had reached unacceptable levels. Incidents involving F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets, for example, had more than doubled over this time, and the Navy testified to Congress that only 31 percent - 170 aircraft - of the Navy’s 542 Super Hornets were ready to “fight tonight.” When Vice Adm. Read More...

Alum Returns to Address NSLS Class of April 2019
MONTEREY, Calif. (MCPON) – Master Chief Petty Office of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith is an April 2018 graduate of the Navy Senior Leader Seminar (NSLS) and assumed his duties as MCPON in August 2018. Read More...

NAE Holds Aircraft Sustainment Summit at Naval Postgraduate School
MONTEREY, Calif. (NNS) -- Leadership from across the Naval Aviation Enterprise convened a three-day strategic planning event March 19 at the Naval Postgraduate School designed to help better achieve readiness recovery as part of the Navy Sustainment Systems (NSS). Read More...

Seminar Helps Senior Officials Fine-Tune Leadership Skills
Senior leaders from across the Navy recently converged at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to learn new ways to lean into the service’s toughest command challenges. Dozens of participants at the Navy Senior Leader Seminar (NSLS), hosted by NPS’ Center for Executive Education (CEE), in late August, discovered a range of emerging “best practices” in strategic leadership: planning, communications, negotiations, effects-based thinking, risk and financial management, and innovation. Read More...

CEE's Navy Senior Leader Seminar (NSLS) February 2018 Alum Pinned as the Navy's 15th MCPON
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Following a comprehensive review of potential candidates, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson selected Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith to be the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Aug. 29. “After a thorough and deliberate review process, I am confident that Fleet Master Chief Smith is the right leader to be our Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy,” said Richardson. Read More...

Top Gun Turns to NPS Executive Education to Prep for Major Expansion
“Top Gun” is due for an upgrade. And no, it’s not the upcoming sequel to the classic 1986 film due out next summer. The ranges at Naval Air Station Fallon (NASF) in rural western Nevada – the epicenter of naval aviation combat training – have not seen a significant modernization in more than 20 years. Since then, the exponential evolution of aircraft and long-range weapons technologies have made Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC) too small for pilots to realistically train for combat. Read More...

NPS Reappoints Executive Education Program Director McAnally
Ms. Winli McAnally, director of the university’s Center for Executive Education (CEE), is pictured with CEE team members Jenna DeDominici, right, and Ben Quismundo, left, following the announcement of her reappointment as CEE director, a position she has held since March of 2015. “I manage 20 CEE faculty as well as our small team of exceptional staff members. With them, and other key NPS faculty, we support up to 800 Navy senior leaders every year,” said McAnally. Read More...

NPS Executive Education Professor Publishes Book on Innovation
“How do we find a way to organize our efforts, so that we can get a wounded soldier to a field hospital one minute faster?” Dr. Neal Thornberry is the program manager and Faculty Director of the Leading Innovation course in NPS’ Center for Executive Education. In a sea of uncertainty and perhaps cynicism, Thornberry trains top military officials how to think and approach problem solving, like the one he posed above, from an innovative perspective. Read More...

NPS Workshop Helps Senior Leaders Apply Innovation Across the Service
MONTEREY, Calif. (NNS) -- The Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Executive Education (CEE) provided a four-day course to flag officers and Department of the Navy civilian senior executives, May 6-9, entitled "Leading Innovation." The course is designed to provide Navy leaders with the skills and mindset to encourage innovation as it relates to organizational success in the Navy. "But we've always done it that way. Read More...

NPS Workshop Helps Senior Leaders Apply Innovation Across the Service
“But we’ve always done it that way.” It’s a phrase that’s expected to be used in an organization with as much history as the United States Navy, but service leadership is dedicated to end that frame of mind by fostering an environment that encourages innovation. The Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Executive Education (CEE) provided a four-day course to flag officers and Department of the Navy civilian senior executives, May 6-9, entitled “Leading Innovation. Read More...