U.S. Naval War College to create new cyber and innovation institute

THE U.S. NAVAL War College in Newport announced a new cyber center, the Adm. James R. Hogg Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute. Hogg was the director of a group based at the college from 1995 until his retirement in 2013. / COURTESY U.S. NAVAL WAR COLLEGE

NEWPORT – The U.S. Naval War College announced a new cyber center, the Adm. James R. Hogg Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute. It will replace the college’s Center for Cyber Conflict Studies, the college said in a news release.

Hogg was the director of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group, based in Newport from 1995 until his retirement in 2013.

“The purpose of our change is two-fold,” said Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, NWC’s president. “First, we are recognizing the exceptional contributions of retired Adm. James Hogg … on both the [U.S.] 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.”

Founding C3S Director Chris Demchak will continue her role as the Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper professor of cybersecurity and will be the senior cyber scholar at the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute, the college said.

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Peter Dombrowski, former chair of NWC’s Strategic Research Department, will be the interim director of the institute while a search gets underway for a permanent director.

The Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute will be part of the college’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 various levels.

The institute’s activities will help shape Navy policy, as well as joint and national cyber policy and operations.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.