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					                             CENTER FOR CYBER WarfARE ESTABLISHED AT NPS

The newest research center at the Naval           Cyber warfare must be an integral com-         supports cyber-centric graduate education
Postgraduate School is focused on the global   ponent of military operations. For example,       for the Navy, DoD, and nation, ensuring a
cyber challenge. Established in the Depart-    anti-access or area denial requires multiple      cyber workforce prepared to meet the chal-
ment of Electrical and Computer Engi-          layers of offensive systems, utilizing the sea,   lenges of the 21st century.
neering, the Center for Cyber Warfare is a     land, air, space, and cyberspace. The pur-
multi-departmental research center focus-      pose of a cyberspace strike is to deter the
ing on the general area of cyber warfare with  enemy, not to provoke combat. Thus, the
emphasis on cyber attack. The research will    objectives selected for a cyber strike must
support interdisciplinary graduate educa-      be few and precise. Important adversary             The mission of the Center for Cyber
tion for the cyber workforce. The fusion       information systems such as command and             Warfare is to conduct sponsored
of faculty, staff and laboratories forming the control centers, communications hubs, and           cyberspace research in support of
center is illustrated below.                   other objectives might be targeted. This            graduate education for the cyber
    Cyberspace	has	been	defined	as	“a	global	  could impair the operation of adversaries’          workforce.
domain within the information environ-         systems and organizations and intimidate                          Vision
ment, consisting of the interdependent         their policy makers.
                                                                                                   The vision of the Center for Cyber
network of information technology infra-          The workforce that will staff the nation’s
                                                                                                   Warfare is to achieve national recogni-
                                                                  cyber organizations, both
                                                                                                   tion of the NPS Cyber Program excel-
                                                                   military and civilian, is
                                                                                                   lence, demand for program graduates,
                                                                   currently skeletal and
                                                                                                   and a robust student enrollment in an
                                                                   will need to grow in the
                                                                                                   interdisciplinary cyber curriculum.
                                                                   years ahead. Some func-
                                                                   tions will require gradu-
                                                                                                          Products and Services
                                                                   ate education, and NPS is
                                                                   uniquely	qualified	to	pro-      The primary product of the center will
                                                                   vide it. Research will also     be research results, both theoretical
                                                                   be required and should          and applied, as they relate to problems
                                                                   be an integral part of any      associated with the cyber domain,
                                                                   graduate program.               computer-network operations, infor-
                                                                      The        overarching       mation operations, and signals intel-
                                                                   strategy of the Center          ligence. Such results typically take the
structures, including the Internet, telecom- for Cyber Warfare will be to bring focus              form of techniques, models, simula-
munications networks, computer systems, to an effort to establish alliances between                tions, computer programs, or theoret-
and embedded processors and controllers.” NPS, the operational forces, universities,               ical analyses and are documented in
This describes a physical environment that and the intelligence community. Center                  student theses or dissertations, tech-
will become a new domain for warfare research programs will support the educa-                     nical reports, conference presenta-
along with subsurface, surface, land, air, and tion	of	a	new	generation	of	military	officers	      tions, and archival publications in the
space, in which we must develop capabilities and civilians who will constitute the cyber           classified	and	unclassified	literature.	
to detect, exploit, attack and protect signals workforce.
and systems. To combat new, global, and           Alliances will be forged through a pro-                  Center Membership
increasingly complex national cyber security gram of outreach by the center’s business
                                                                                                   •	   Professor Jeffrey B. Knorr, ECE,
threats, the U.S. Navy, DoD and the nation group. Center research will assure that
                                                                                                        Interim Center Director
must employ, educate, train, develop, and related cyber-focused graduate courses
                                                                                                   •	   Professor John McEachen, ECE
retain a dynamic, agile, technical, military remain on the leading edge. The center will
                                                                                                   •	   Professor Murali Tummala, ECE
and civilian cyber workforce that can utilize bring together existing labs and create new
                                                                                                   •	   Assistant Professor Weilan Su,
current information technology coupled labs to support faculty research and strive to
with	 proficiency,	 perspective,	 experience,	 establish a campus-wide secure laboratory
                                                                                                   •	   Professor Clark Robertson, ECE
and expertise to counter threats in cyber- environment for cyber research and educa-
                                                                                                   •	   Professor Tri Ha, ECE
space.                                         tion.	NPS	currently	has	a	certified	classified	
                                                                                                   •	   Assistant Professor Frank Kragh,
   NPS’ ability to meet this challenge environment with adequate spaces, secure
depends on a well-educated, effective cyber connectivity, and some existing funding
                                                                                                   •	   Professor Bret Michael, CS and
workforce. Just as corporate America has for	 classified	 research	 and	 education.	 It	 is	
recognized the value of cyber technology anticipated that top secret SCI billets will
                                                                                                   •	   Senior Lecturer Chris Eagle, CS
to gain and sustain competitive advantage, be obtained for faculty, staff, and students
                                                                                                   •	   Professor of Practice George
the government and DoD must gain and at NPS through ODNI sponsored agen-
                                                                                                        Dinolt, CS
sustain competitive advantage in defending cies (NSA, NRO, CIA, NGA, and DIA).
                                                                                                   •	   Research Professor David Ford,
against adversaries, protecting citizens, and Through relationships with these agencies,
preserving national security.                  a research program will be established that
Volume 1, No. 5                                                       5                                                      September 2009

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