By Javier Chagoya
Longtime NPS employee Dora Martinez, left, thanked her many colleagues for their support throughout her 43-year NPS career during a retirement ceremony held in her honor on the Quarterdeck, June 11. At the ceremony, Martinez made special mention of her son Elliot, right, who has grown up surrounded by and associated with NPS.
“I want to give a special thank you to my son Elliott whose unconditional love gave me the strength to continue on my most excellent academic adventure at NPS. I love you,” said Martinez.
Martinez began her career at NPS in the Electrical Engineering Department’s calibration room, and then in 1977 went to work for the newly established National Security and Intelligence curricular office.
But, Martinez says some of her best years at NPS were in the Department of National Security Affairs where she worked as an educational technician, a job that required constant personal contact with both faculty and students.
“There was no interview for the position, just what the department had heard about my past performance. What a gamble for them! For me, not so much as I had found my niche at NPS and I would be working with some of the brightest students ever,” said Martinez.
“I also want to thank former Curricular Officer retired Capt. Jim Mueller, who to this day is still giving me advice. Thank you sir for all of your kind words, wisdom and long lasting friendship throughout all of these years,” said Martinez.
Finally, Martinez thanked the “amazing and wonderful students from all over the world” that walked through her doors over the years. “The world was always traveling to me, how wonderful is that?”
By Kenneth Stewart
NSA Monterey Commander Capt. Timothy Faller, right, pins the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal on outgoing Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. William Riley's chest at NSA Monterey Headquarters, June 11. In addition to his ecclesiastic duties, Riley taught a comparative ethics course at NPS and offered over 800 hours of family counseling to NPS students and families.
"There is an old custom in the Navy, when you leave the brow of the ship, you don't look back. I have tried to have that philosophy ever since I joined the Navy, but I am having some difficulty not looking back today," said Riley. "When I look around the room, I see the reason why, the people here have been fantastic ... its the human factor that's making me look back and I am very grateful for all the support that my family and I have received."
NSA Monterey also welcomed incoming Command Chaplain Lt Cmdr. Robert Nelson.
We are very fortunate to have a chaplain who has lived on the battlefield and in academia," said Faller. "He is a perfect fit to serve our NPS student body, many of whom like Nelson, are returning to an academic environment after having served in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Nelson served in both the Army and the Marine Corps prior to attending seminary and joining the Navy's Chaplain Corps. Notably, he was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while serving in Iraq. He hopes to draw upon that experience, and others, while ministering to his fellow combat veterans and taking over Riley's comparative ethics course.
I will teach ethics drawing upon the lessons I learned in Iraq -- lessons like making the distinction between what is legal and what is right Nelson said.
By Kenneth A. Stewart
Navy Capt. Wayne Porter, pictured in an agricultural field with former Salinas Mayor Dennis Donahue, defended his Information Sciences Ph.D. dissertation, July 28, in Root Hall on the NPS campus. Porter’s research relied heavily on the Salinas Valley, developing relational models based on several factors to demonstrate how city planners can utilize modeling to make informed decisions.
Salinas’ billion-dollar agriculture industry isn’t enough to support the community’s basic needs, and during his time at NPS as the Chair of Systemic Strategy and Complexity, while also working on his Ph.D., Porter saw an opportunity to put his research to a real-world test. For Donahue and others in the community, they hoped the modeling would show them the path to a precision agriculture/industrial cluster in the Salinas Valley.
“The whole initiative flowed out of our response to the departure of Capital One from the community and the belief that the best thing we could do was to leverage our heritage, strength and proximity to the Silicon Valley to see if we could facilitate the arrival of an ag innovation cluster,” said Donahue.
Porter’s 25-year models are not quite predictive, but he insists that by modeling a host of factors, city planners and others can make informed decisions that will lead to greater prosperity throughout the area.
While initially applied to the Salinas Valley, Porter’s systems approach to modeling caught the attention of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) planners. NPS Professor and Department of Systems Engineering Chair Dr. Cliff Whitcomb has been applying ideas originally espoused by Porter to models that he hopes will aid PACOM planners as they explore the future of U.S.-China relations.
“Capt. Porter’s work looking at the city of Salinas inspired the Joint Staff (J8) to fund our systems approach to understanding what influences the dynamics between the U.S. and China. [The models offer] a simulation based on how people think, when they put it together and demonstrated the relationships between variables, the joint staff realized that they could apply it to PACOM’s decision making process.
“The J8 funded project is part of a strategic multilayer assessment bringing people from around the world together to model U.S.-China relationship dynamics over the next 5-25 years,” said Whitcomb.
By MC2 Danica M. Sirmans
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Davis, Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) is pictured in Root Hall following his keynote address during the Department of Defense Information Operations Center’s Cyber Endeavour 2014 (CE2014), June 24. Operating under the theme, “When the Lights Go Out,” the event provides senior DOD officials, partners and NPS researchers with an opportunity to explore our critical infrastructure’s cyber resiliency.
Davis outlined what he referred to as the “three drives in cyber” during his keynote speech.
“Of the three drives in cyber perhaps the most controversial is creating a culture of clarity and transparency in regard to our cyber capabilities,” he said. “Not to give away our abilities, because that’d be against our best interest, but to shine more light, accurately, on our capabilities to decrease greater uncertainty and to effectively use deterrence.”
Davis pointed to President Barack Obama’s 2014 West Point graduation keynote address, which highlighted the need for transparency in regard to the DOD’s mission in cyberspace to dispel public uncertainty.
During his address, Davis also stressed the importance of teamwork and partnership amongst the DOD, its interagency partners, international ties, and the public and private sectors.
“It’s heard too often, but in the realm of cybersecurity, teamwork and partnership are far from cliché ideas, they’re paramount and necessary,” said Davis.
Naval War College Monterey Program Celebrates 59th Graduating Class
By Kenneth A. Stewart
The 59th graduating class of the Naval War College (NWC) Monterey partnership with NPS for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) stands for a group portrait on the steps of Herrmann Hall, June 12.
NWC Monterey Chairman Professor Fred Drake presided over the program’s graduation ceremony in Barbara McNitt Ballroom, where a total of 114 U.S. Navy, Army and Marine Corps officers earned their NWC Command and Staff diploma with JPME Phase I certification. Through the partnership, 3,697 officers have earned this certification since the program’s inception in September 1999.
By Kenneth A. Stewart
Members of the 2014 Spring Quarter graduating class listen to remarks by university President retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route. NPS honored some 313 graduates earning 318 advanced degrees at the ceremony, including representatives from every branch of the U.S. military as well as Department of Defense civilians and students from 16 partnered and allied nations.
Route congratulated the graduating class calling the ceremony “a celebration of individual commitment, perseverance and personal accomplishment” and thanked the families, faculty and staff that supported the students through the rigors of graduate education.
NPS Professor and Department of Defense Analysis Chair Dr. John Arquilla served as guest speaker for the ceremony. He spoke at length to the graduating class about the “big ideas” that come out of NPS, and their ability to combat what he described as a “world war” against international terrorist and criminal networks.
“Something has gone awry in the world, a very hard won victory over Al Qaeda in Iraq now hangs by a thread,” said Arquilla. “The Taliban watches as the clock runs down in Afghanistan … The list goes on and on, and extends to more than 30 armed conflicts around the world.
“Most of us grew up in a Cold War world characterized by an arms race to build new weapons,” he continued. “The world we are in today is characterized by a race to create new networks … The education that you have received here has provided you with the tools you will need to face those networks.”
In closing, Arquilla expressed that, in spite of these daunting conflicts, hope remains, especially at an institution like NPS, where the intellect of faculty and students provides the power to actually fight back.
“What kind of place is NPS?” he asked. “It's a place where we redefine the possible … where top tier faculty come together deeply with security professionals from all over the world.”
By Javier Chagoya
NPS Department of Systems Engineering Professor of Practice Dr. Donald Muehlbach, pictured, has been awarded the 2013 Rear Admiral John Jay Schieffelin Award for Teaching Excellence. Muehlbach teaches courses via distance learning through NPS’ satellite office in San Diego.
The Schieffelin Award is one of the university’s most prestigious faculty honors, with the award committee polling approximately 606 students and alumni to determine this year’s winner.
“I am grateful, it’s extremely humbling to even be considered for the award and flattering to be so named,” said Muehlbach.
Muehlbach has been twice nominated for the Schieffelin award and has received only positive evaluations from his distance-learning students.
“I’m inspired and motivated by our military end-users that serve in harm’s way. Our students apply the knowledge, skills and abilities we teach in our systems engineering curriculum to military systems that are used on the tip of the spear. Truly, all of us who work at NPS are serving their country,” said Muehlbach.
By MC3 Michael Ehrlich
Tactical Networks Major Program Manager Capt. Ben McNeal addresses NPS students during a special guest lecture offered by the university’s Information Dominance Center for Excellence, June 19. The presentation is part of series of lectures with senior officials from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to help NPS students solidify the connection between their research, and the immediate needs of the fleet.
An alumnus from the applied physics program, McNeal has supported NPS student research efforts in the past and has served as a mentor and subject matter expert as well. He points to research into Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) as an example of the mutually-beneficial relationship he has developed with the institution.
“I can impart on the students ideas for their theses, support them as a subject matter expert, and then when their research comes back to me, use that information on key decision points,” said McNeal.
McNeal is currently working on an initiative designed to enhance interconnectivity between various shipboard network platforms that utilizes a universal language. If successful, it will enable communication between ships, enhance information availability, and make it easier to conduct software upgrades.
By MC2 Danica M. Sirmans
Intermediate Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Information Operations Practitioner Course students are pictured in front of Herrmann Hall, Jun. 19. Instructors with the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic (EWTGLANT) offered the training to NPS students and Marines assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force G-3 (I MEF G-3). The training was designed to enable practitioners to successfully integrate Information Operations into the operational warfare environment. U.S. Marine Corps Major Tom Chhabra attended the course.
"I find this course interesting as we go into greater detail than what I have previously been taught," said Chhabra. "Perhaps the biggest benefit to this course is that it involves a week-long practical exercise to reinforce the key concepts and learning objectives.
"I may never find myself in an Information Operations Planner billet, but the knowledge from this course will serve me well as a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Officer," continued Chhabra.
Information on the Immediate MAGTF Information Operations Practitioner Course is available at http://tinyurl.com/qg2nv97.
By MC2 Chablis J. Torrence
Honorees and well-wishers listen in as NPS President retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route congratulates award recipients and their families during NPS’ Spring Graduation Awards Ceremony in the Barbara McNitt Ballroom, June 17. Route, NPS Provost Dr. Douglas Hensler, along with several other campus leaders and award sponsors presented the honors to 47 student and faculty recipients.
Notably, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Witherill was honored with both the Department of the Navy Award for Academic Excellence in Financial Management and a Bronze Star medal. The Bronze Star medal was presented to Witherill for meritorious service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with Special Operations Task Force-South in 2012.
“I am humbled, but I was doing my job,” said Witherill. “It’s an honor to serve.”
Following graduation, Witherill will assume the duties of Executive Officer for Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command.
By MC2 Danica M. Sirmans
Naval Support Activity Monterey Deputy and Technical Director Pete Dausen welcomes the Governor’s Military Council (GMC) to the Naval Postgraduate School campus for an afternoon of briefings and campus tours, June 16. Chartered by California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., the council was established to assist state leadership in promoting California’s defense installations and the roles they play in national defense.
Council member, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Eugene L. Tattini noted the GMC has two primary goals – to make California an attractive state for the defense establishment, and to educate Californians on the value the military community brings.
“To achieve these goals, we’re putting together an inventory of all military establishments within the state,” said Tattini. “We’re touring around, trying to understand the roles each play within themselves and with their sister services, along with how they impact the state of California.
“We absolutely feel like we’ve got a better understanding of the mission of NPS. Most of us are retired military so we are all familiar with the Naval Postgraduate School, but the real message here is that the city of Monterey offers a different way to look at what NPS and the Presidio of Monterey have to offer the local community,” he added.
Brown established the council in 2013 in an effort to protect and expand the military’s vital role in national security and California’s economy. The state is home to 29 federal military installations, and the Department of Defense employs more than 236,000 people in California.
By Javier Chagoya
NPS Department of Applied Mathematics Professor Carlos Borges, left, and Network Science Program Coordinator Associate Professor Ralucca Gera, right, pose questions to students during their thesis defense, June 10. The gathering also presented an opportunity for faculty to recognize a cohort of five students who are the first ever to earn a newly-created Network Science Certificate program at NPS.
“Our new Network Science program dovetails with Navy and DOD cybersecurity initiatives,” said Gera. “As we transition from the Information Age to the Age of Connectedness, many students need to understand the fundamentals of complex networks, the building blocks of connectedness. Understanding the connected world around us will help graduates succeed and contribute to the science that will define the next generation,” said Gera.
The Academic Certificate in Network Science provides an interdisciplinary education using mathematical methods for the analysis, understanding and exploitation of complex networks, which includes technological, biological and social networks.
“I’m most proud of the fact that Professor Gera was able to develop the classes and quickly stand up a completely new program to meet a critical emergent need of the DOD,” said Borges. “This is a real testament both to her dedication to the NPS mission and to the uniqueness of NPS as a whole.”
By MC3 Michael Ehrlich
NPS Provost Dr. Douglas A. Hensler, right, congratulates Lts. Mathew Bird and Nicholas Vilardi on the award of their State of California Professional Engineer (PE) licenses in Mechanical Engineering during a brief ceremony, June 10.
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Program Manager Cmdr. Michael A. Porter, also present during the ceremony, commented on Bird and Vilardi’s work.
“To walk out of this institution with both a graduate degree in engineering and a professional license is an enormous achievement,” said Porter.
PE’s are distinguished from other engineering graduates because they are licensed to legally practice the profession of engineering and are allowed to approve engineering plans. Porter noted that fewer than 20 percent of engineering undergraduates continue to become PEs and discussed the commitment necessary to achieve certification while studying at NPS.
“While engaged in the rigors of a graduate engineering program that requires a significant degree of discipline and dedication in its own right, [Bird and Vilardi] chose to take on the additional task of preparing for the Professional Engineer’s exam,” Porter noted. “This correlates to a nominal 300 hours of study.”
Proud of the accomplishment, Vilardi discussed his studies and their relevance to his naval career.
“The education at NPS has been both technically sound and militarily relevant,” he said. “While I could learn about general engineering at any school, I wouldn’t get the attention focused specifically on fleet systems and issues that I get here.”
By MC2 Shawn J. Stewart
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) President retired Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr. addresses students and faculty on ethics, personnel and future trends in the Navy, at Ingersoll Hall, June 10. Ryan served as the 52nd Chief of Naval Personnel before retiring and assuming his current position with the MOAA.
“I want you to know how important your jobs are … All of you men and women are going to be advising senior leaders or will be senior leaders in 10 to 15 years,” said Ryan.
Ryan also shared insights into human resource management and the budgets necessary to keep people on mission.
“The people side of things will always be important … It’s not just a science to balance this budget and make decisions in their best interests, it’s also an art and it’s critical that we blend them together,” said Ryan. “I think we’ve gotten sloppy … We take our men and women in uniform for granted because you all are so selfless.”
By Javier Chagoya
NPS student Lt. Emily Merritt and Marines from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center’s Marine Detachment, escort the ceremonial wreath which adorned the 72nd Battle of Midway Memorial Dinner at the Barbara McNitt Ballroom, June 7.
NPS Assistant Professor Erik Dahl was the guest speaker at the memorial dinner, providing insight into the intelligence that ultimately surprised Japanese Imperial Fleet Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto who believed that he was about to obliterate a weak American force.
“Code breakers, who had already deciphered diplomatic communications between the Japanese and their Consulate in Washington, D.C., would later use that knowledge to intercept vital communications between Japanese strategists and their fleet,” said Dahl.
“They discovered the date and location of a proposed attack on Midway which enabled the U.S. Navy to set up an ambush of its own, striking a critical blow to the Japanese,” he added.
While the memorial was a solemn remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Midway, it also celebrated the victory over an overwhelming force won by the power of communications intelligence.
By MC3 Michael Ehrlich
Local military families and Department of Defense civilians take part in “Movies on the Lawn,” on the Tech Connection grass in La Mesa Village, June 13. Naval Support Activity Monterey’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program will be running free movies and entertainment select Friday nights now through August 22.
In addition to the family-friendly movies on hand, MWR will also have face painting, balloon sculptures and magic shows for a fun night under the stars.
“We’re going to show a variety of movies, ranging from animated to live action films that the whole family will enjoy,” said MWR Community Activities Coordinator Lindsay Carver. “These summer events and activities are designed to offer families a chance to enjoy a night out together.”
“We attend many of the MWR events,” added Information Systems Technician Chief Petty Officer David Pierce, “and are looking forward to Movies on the Lawn and a few other MWR events this summer.”
For movie listings, upcoming events, and discounts on local activities from NSAM MWR, visit http://www.NavylifeSW.com/Monterey.
By Dale M. Kuska
NPS Marine Corps students participating in the Motivating Others Through Outreach (MOTO) program gather for a group photo with Central Coast High School (CCHS) students during the CCHS graduation ceremony at nearby California State University Monterey Bay, June 6. MOTO is a Marine Corps student-led mentoring and outreach program dedicated to the local school for at-risk youth.
“Since our first day as MOTO Tutors/Mentors at CCHS, we have worked closely with the students to establish, work towards, and achieve realistic goals,” said Marine Corps Capt. Kimberly Julka, a student in the Information Warfare Systems Engineering curriculum. “This year’s graduating class is special because they are the first class that we have worked with both as juniors and seniors.
“We have watched them learn, grow and gain confidence by accomplishing their goals over the course of two school years,” Julka continued. “Seeing 41 seniors walk across the stage this year – CCHS’s largest graduating class ever – was a rewarding experience!”
Julka recruited several fellow Marines and launched the MOTO program in early 2013 upon her arrival to campus. She has since turned the reins of the program over to Capt. Brian Meade in the Information Technology Management program.
“MOTO gives NPS students a chance to give back to the community. Partnered with Central Coast High School, Monterey Peninsula’s alternative high school, we seek to provide academic tutoring and life-skills mentoring to the students,” said Meade.
“Seeing the students graduate was extremely rewarding. They have had to overcome many hardships and adversities, but when they walked across the stage they could see all their efforts pay out,” he added. “I’m extremely proud of what they accomplished.”
Computer Science Faculty Recognized for Improving Classified Research Programs, Infrastructure
By Javier Chagoya
NPS Department of Computer Science Senior Lecturer Chris Eagle, center, was recently recognized for his contributions to the growth and development of the university's classified computing program during his more than three years as a member of the Classified Computing Committee.
“I’m very excited about the expansion to the infrastructure and capabilities to NPS' classified teaching and research programs,” said Eagle.
NPS Executive Director for Information Technology and Communications Services, and Classified Computing Committee member Joe LoPiccolo, second from left, extended his appreciation for Eagle's professionalism and time commitment to the work of the committee.
“Because of the work Eagle did with the committee and his outreach to the faculty and staff, NPS has a more robust program that has allowed NPS to increase its academic offerings and expand the reach of the Distance Learning program to a wider student body,” said LoPiccolo.
Pictured with Eagle, from left, are Distinguished Professor and Computer Science Chair Dr. Peter Denning, LoPiccolo, Distinguished Professor Herschel Loomis, Deputy Director for ITACS Terri Brutzman and NPS Director of Classified Computing Programs Donald Free.
By MC2 Danica M. Sirmans
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Brandon Meyerdirk makes adjustments to the Mobile Phased Array Weather Radar Truck (MWR-05XP) at the Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS) in Marina, California, June 6.
A team of staff technicians with NPS’ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is configuring the radar truck for upcoming experiments off the California Coast, just one month after providing radar support to the University of Ohio.
“The goal and purpose of this radar is to provide agencies like the National Weather Service and the Department of Energy with detailed information that isn’t available with other systems at the rate and intricacy that the MWR-05XP can provide,” said Lab Staff Director Paul Buczynski.
CIRPAS will begin the upcoming experimentation program in mid-July in partnership with the Department of Energy and the University of Miami, collecting data on severe storms off the coast of Central California.
By MC2 Danica M. Sirmans
NPS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department Chairman Dr. Knox Millsaps, left, and Provost Dr. Doug Hensler, second from left, along with Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Director Adm. John Richardson, right, present Naval Reactors Professional Development Program graduates Lt. j.g. Steven Holdcroft, center, and Lt. j.g. James Steele, second from right, with their Mechanical Engineering master’s degrees during a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard early this month. Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department Chair Dr. Clark Robertson, not pictured, also attended the ceremony.
“The program that MAE and ECE offers to personnel at Naval Reactors (NR) provides an opportunity for these young officers to earn a master's degree while working full time at NR headquarters,” said Millsaps. “This program is a great example of how NPS supports critical Navy educational needs in support of national security.”
Students in the program earn a mechanical engineering master’s degree from NPS in conjunction with the Bettis Engineering Reactor School (BERS). More than 150 students have graduated from the program in the last 15 years.
By Javier Chagoya
NPS Model Maker Levi Owen, stands behind the contents of a spill kit bag in his machine shop, where he operates milling machines that use cooling cutting fluids and where spills are a potential hazard.
“One of our milling machines uses a 100 gallon coolant reservoir that pumps fluid to the part we are fabricating so there is always potential for a spill,” said Owen.
Owen and other departmental representatives from across campus received the kits after attending a Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) information meeting. The meeting was part of a NPS Occupational Safety, Health, and Environmental Directorate effort to reinforce chemical safety and accountability.
NPS is currently in the process of contracting for a chemical management software program to aid in the management of state-mandated HAZMAT reporting requirements.
NSA Monterey Hazardous Material Control & Management Coordinator (HMC&MC) Kathleen Franklin credited department representatives for the success of the HAZMAT and hazardous waste compliance program.
“We would not be where we are today without the ability and personal commitment of the HAZMAT committee members who have maintained compliance with the program,” said Franklin.
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