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Dr. Wayne Porter, CAPT USN (ret) - NPS
Executive Director of CORE Lab and Director of the Littoral Operations Center

Dr. Wayne Porter, CAPT, USN (ret), is a Senior Lecturer in the Defense Analysis Department of the Naval Postgraduate School, where he also serves as Executive Director of the CORE (social network analysis) Lab and Director of the Littoral Operations Center. He holds a PhD in Information Sciences and two Masters of Science degrees – in Computer Science and Joint C4I Systems Technology - from the Naval Postgraduate School. Military duty included Japan, England, Italy, the Balkans, Bahrain (Navy’s Director of Intelligence in the Persian Gulf/East Africa), and three tours on the personal staff of ADM Mike Mullen, including Special Assistant for Strategy to both the Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He recently served as Chair, Systemic Strategy and Complexity at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He retired from the Navy in July 2014 after 28 years of active service.

CAPT Porter co-authored, with Colonel Mark Mykleby, “A National Strategic Narrative,” published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and subsequently cited by Pulitzer Award winning author Tom Friedman, former UK Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband, former Foreign Minister of Israel Shlomo Ben Ami, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan among many others (www.nationalstrategicnarrative.org). His articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of American Foreign Policy Interests, The HotSpring Quarterly, the Washington Times, two OSD/JS White Papers, Naval Institute Proceedings, and the 8th Euromicro Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Processing. Dr Porter recently contributed the chapter, "The Value of System Dynamics Modeling in Policy Analytics and Planning" for Policy Analytics, Modelling, and Informatics: Innovative Tools for Solving Complex Social Problems, Springer Publishing (2018).

Cited in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America for Lifetime Achievement, his civilian and military awards include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Vice Admiral Rufus B. Taylor Award for Professional Excellence in Naval Intelligence, the Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. 

Dr, Sean Everton

Dr. Sean Everton--Co-Director

Sean Everton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Defense Analysis and the Co-Director of the CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Prior to joining NPS in 2007 he served as an adjunct professor at both Santa Clara University and Stanford University. Professor Everton earned his MA and PhD in Sociology at Stanford University (2007) and wrote his doctoral thesis on causes and consequences of status on the economic performance of venture capital firms. He has published in the areas of social network analysis, sociology of religion, economic sociology, and political sociology and currently specializes in the use of social network analysis to track and disrupt dark networks (e.g., criminal and terrorist networks). His monograph on using social network analysis for the crafting of strategies for the disruption of dark networks was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.



Dan Cunningham--Deputy Director of Research Operations

Dan Cunningham is a Research Associate in the Defense Analysis Department's CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School where he also lectures on the visual analysis of dark networks, namely using relational, geospatial and temporal analyses. Dan earned his MA in International Policy Studies with a focus in Terrorism Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2009. He has presented several papers on dark networks at network analysis conferences and is currently working on multiple publications.

Michael Aspland--Deputy Director of Education Operations

Michael Aspland has over thirty years of experience as a homeland security professional. He holds two masters degrees: Public Administration from California Lutheran University and Security Studies – Homeland Defense and Security from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security here at NPS. He served in law enforcement for twenty-six years and retired as the Assistant Police Chief with the City of Monterey in 2014. He joined the CORE Lab three weeks after his retirement. He facilitates training and outreach events for US based and international partnerships. 


Karen Flaherty--Executive Administrator

Karen has been with the CORE Lab from since 2007 and was the first staff person hired for the Lab.  She is the office administrator and manages the budgets.  She has a background in conference planning and supports our training and seminars.  She has a contracting background and handles all purchasing for the lab.  She support the two co directors, staff and students. Most of her professional career has been supporting the government first as a contractor and then as a government employee.

Robert Schroeder--Faculty Associate for Research

Rob Schroeder is a Research Associate in the CORE Lab within the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) where he focuses his work on analyzing big data using statistics, social network analysis, geospatial analysis, and temporal analysis. Prior to working at the Naval Postgraduate School, Rob Schroeder received a M.A. in International Policy with a focus on Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (2011) and a B.A. in International Relations at Boston University (2008). He is currently researching how to use open source information gathered largely from social media in order to understand and map the Syrian opposition as well as looking at how different types of external support to insurgencies relate to length of conflicts and the ways in which those conflicts end. Besides doing research, he also has helped train members of the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines (JSOTF-P) in collecting relational information using smart phones and tablets and analyzing that information using social network analysis.