Naval War College establishes Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) announced on August 29 the creation of the Adm. James R. Hogg Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute (CIPI). The Institute will take the place of and build on the highly successful work of NWC’s Center for Cyber Conflict Studies (C3S). Chris Demchak, the founding director of C3S, will continue her role as the Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Cyber Security and will be the Senior Cyber Scholar in CIPI.

“The purpose of our change is two-fold,” said Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, NWC’s president in a press release. “First, we are recognizing the exceptional contributions of retired Adm. James Hogg and the lasting impact he has had, continues to have and will continue to have on both the Navy and here at the Naval War College. Second, we are recognizing the critical importance of cyber and the need to stay at the cutting edge of research, education, and fleet support at the Naval War College on cyber and military innovation issues.”

In addition to his long and distinguished uniformed service to the Navy, Hogg was the director of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group (SSG) based in Newport from 1995 through his retirement in 2013. The SSG was an innovation incubator for the Navy, including one of its more recent studies looking at the convergence of sea power and cyber power.

“I’m humbled by this recognition,” said Hogg, who now serves as senior advisor to the NWC Foundation in the release. “And I want to point out that it really reflects the work of the Strategic Studies Group with over 80 SSG members collaborating in creative thought during two full years of Cyber Space immersion that made it possible. In addition, I am thankful to be a member of the broader NWC/NWCF team and am confident this institute will serve the college and the Navy well.”

“Adm. Hogg represents the absolute best of who we should strive to be: Strategic thinker, teacher and mentor,” added Harley. “In total, Adm. Hogg has served his country for over 55 years of dedicated service. We can only strive to emulate him.”

Peter Dombrowski, former chair of NWC’s Strategic Research Department, will be the interim director of the Institute while NWC searches for the first permanent director. Dombrowski’s experience in cyber policy includes co-authoring a series of influential articles on cyber conflict with Demchak while she led NWC’s Center for Cyber Conflict Studies. Core faculty members will include Demchak, Nina Kollars, and Jacquelyn Schneider in addition to experts from across the College.

CIPI will be part of NWC’s Strategic and Operational Research Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. CIPI faculty research, gaming, teaching and outreach will focus on cyber conflict and war at the international, national and operational levels. Specifically, it will focus on innovation in the cyber domain and actionable policy options for senior leaders. CIPI activities will help shape Navy, as well as joint and national cyber policy and operations. It will also support joint education at NWC and other naval institutions.

“Locating this new institute within the Center for Naval Warfare Studies recognizes the absolute integral part that cyber has in all elements of warfare and the importance of continually improving the research and gaming related to cyber to leverage the effects and application of cyber-related operations,” said Tom Culora, dean, NWC’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies in the news release. “Moreover, the work of the CIPI faculty and affiliates will contribute to the baseline of knowledge of cyber related issues to enhance professional military education and improve the warfighters’ understanding of the cyber domain.”

NWC is a graduate-level professional military education institution educating and developing leaders, helping define the future of the Navy, supporting combat readiness, and strengthening maritime partnerships. Established in 1884, NWC is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of nine students in 1885 and about 300 of today’s active duty admirals, generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni.