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Memorial Day

Date: May 25, 2020

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

For more on this holiday and others, please visit OPM.

Instruction Begins

Date: March 30, 2020
Location: Naval Postgraduate School

Instruction begins on Monday, March 30, 2020.

For additional student resources, please visit the NPS Student site.

Winter Quarter Graduation Ceremony

Date: March 27, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: King Hall

The Naval Postgraduate School Winter Quarter Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020.

The graduation streaming video will be available on March 27 shortly before the start of the ceremony. Please visit NPS Graduation Ceremony page to watch live.

For dress uniform and more information, please visit NPS Student Graduation website.

Reporting Date

Date: March 23, 2020
Location: Naval Postgraduate School

U.S. Students are to report back on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Please visit Academic Calendar for upcoming dates or NPS Student homepage for Incoming, prospective, current and distance learning.

Quarterly Awards Ceremony

Date: March 17, 2020
Location: Quarterdeck

The Fall Quarter Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

For additional Information, please visit Graduation Schedule site.

Reporting Date (International)

Date: March 15, 2020
Location: Naval Postgraduate School

International Students are to report back on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Please visit Academic Calendar for upcoming dates or NPS Student homepage for Incoming, prospective, current and distance learning.

JIFX 20-2

Date: March 2, 2020 to March 6, 2020
Location: Camp Roberts, CA

Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) 20-2 is scheduled for Monday, March 2 - Friday, March 6, 2020 at Camp Roberts, CA.

The FX program exists to provide an opportunity for NPS faculty, students, private companies, and academia to demonstrate and evaluate new technologies related to the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense research in an operational field environment, and also to provide the operational community the opportunity to experiment with these technologies to better understand the capabilities that they may represent.

For more information on this event, please visit JIFX online.

Natural Gas: The Next 10 Years

Date: February 18, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: ME Auditorium

The February 18, 2020 Defense Energy Seminar lecture is titled “Natural Gas: The Next 10 Years” with Mr. Nikos Tsafos, Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Seminar will take place in ME Auditorium from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.

Nikos Tsafos is a senior fellow with the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). His research interests include natural gas, the geopolitics of energy, the future of mobility, and the energy transition more broadly. Nikos has advised companies and governments in over 30 countries on some of the world’s most complex energy projects, and his experience includes market analysis, strategy formulation, due diligence, and support for commercial negotiations and project development.

NPS' academic programs in Defense Energy are supplemented by a seminar series which provides a forum for leading voices within the field, practitioners, and other Defense Energy influencers.

For more information, please visit Energy Academic Group online.

President’s Day

Date: February 17, 2020

President's Day is observed the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. President's Day also honors the legacy of past presidents.

For more on this holiday please visit

Inferring Mixing from Echosounder Observations

Date: February 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Spanagel Hall

The February 13, 2020 Oceanography seminar is titled “Inferring Mixing from Echosounder Observations of Double-Diffusive Staircases in the Arctic Ocean” with Dr. Nicole Shibley, Yale University. Event will be held in Spanagel Hall, Room 316 at 12:00 p.m.
For more on this event, please visit NPS Oceanography online.

Deliver Capabilities to the Warfighter-Faster!

Date: February 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Ingersoll 122

The February 12, 2020 Graduate School of Defense Management will be hosting the first in the series: Acquisition Pathways- Middle Tier Acquisition titled “Deliver Capability to the Warfighter- Faster!” with Capt. Jeff Dunlap, USN (Ret.), Graduate School of Defense Management Lecturer.

As technology advances in the commercial market, DoD is pivoting into new Acquisition Pathways that allow these capabilities to reach the warfighter quicker.  The Middle-Tier Acquisition (MTA) Pathway takes capabilities that have a level of maturity to allow them to be rapidly prototyped within an acquisition program or fielded, within 5 years of MTA program start.  DOD also began using new pathways referred to as middle-tier acquisition to rapidly prototype and field new weapon systems. Middle-tier programs are expected to field capabilities within 2 to 5 years. As of March 2019, military departments were using this authority for 35 unclassified programs.

Capt. Jeff Dunlap, USN (Ret.) is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Defense Management with significant acquisition experience during his 25 year career.  After leaving military service, he entered the Defense Contractor field where he guided companies through the process of doing business with the Defense Department.  A 92 NPS alumni, Jeff joined the Facility in January 2019 and teaches Program Management and Acquisition.

Iraq Betwixt and Between

Date: January 30, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Glasgow Hall, Room 109

The January 30, 2020 National Security Affairs Talk is titled “Iraq Betwixt and Between” with Ambassador Al-lstrabadi.

Ambassador Al-Istrabadi is the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he is also professor of the practice of international law and diplomacy at the Maurer School of Law and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. From 2004 to 2010, the ambassador represented Iraq at the United Nations. Previously, AMB Al-Istrabadi was legal advisor to the Iraqi foreign minister during the negotiations for UN Security Council Resolution 1546, which recognized Iraq’s re-assertion of its sovereignty. In 2003–04, he was principal legal drafter of Iraq's interim constitution, the Transitional Administrative Law, and he was advisor on constitutional and legal affairs to Dr. Adnan Pachachi, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council Presidency.
For more on this event, please visit NPS Department of National Security Affairs online.

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