Naval Postgraduate School Mission
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) provides high-quality, relevant and unique advanced education
and research programs that increase the combat effectiveness of the Naval Services, other Armed
Forces of the U.S. and our partners, to enhance our national security.
Naval Postgraduate School Vision
NPS is a unique graduate school — an institution dedicated to providing education and research with
a focus on relevance to the defense and security arenas and on recognizing and innovatively solving
problems in support of our military forces, our country’s global partners, and our national security.
In October 2007, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Coast Guard published an “historical
first,” an initiative titled A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, which outlines how these
services will collaborate to assist the United States in preventing wars as well as winning them, and in
protecting U.S. vital interests and global prosperity. At the heart of the success of this maritime strategy
are adaptability and flexibility from the unified forces, and a blend of peacetime engagement and major
combat operations capabilities.
Recognizing the challenges and opportunities proposed in the maritime strategy, particularly as
mission-tailored joint forces are dispersed under a decentralized authority within multinational
environments, NPS also recognizes the vital role it will play in supporting the ambitious vision of the
Well-positioned to continue to develop as the nation’s premier educational and research institution for
defense and national security, the NPS Strategic Plan, Vision for a New Century, details the School’s
strategic drivers and goals through 2012 which are:
• NPS will sustain continued improvement in the quality and relevance of its graduate education
and research programs
• NPS will extend education to the Total Force and to our global partners
• NPS will broaden research in national security
• NPS will seek operational excellence in financial, business, administrative and support areas.