Information Warfare - Curriculum 595

Program Officer

Brian Judy, CDR, USN

Glasgow West, Room 2012

(831) 656-2433, DSN 756-2433

bpjudy@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Steven J. Iatrou

Glasgow West, Room 3011

(831) 656-3770, DSN 756-3770

FAX (831) 656-3679

sjiatrou@nps.edu

Brief Overview

Graduates of this curriculum are thoroughly knowledgeable in Information Operations (IO) and Information Warfare (IW). They receive a Master of Science in Information Warfare Systems Engineering (MSIWSE) degree that provides the services with officers who are well versed in the technical, theoretical, and operational aspects of interdisciplinary IO/IW as they relate to joint mission objectives in modern warfare. This curriculum is sponsored by the Headquarters USMC, Director of Strategy and Plans.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades with courses in science and mathematics (through integral calculus) is required for entry. Additionally, applicants must have a minimum academic profile code (APC) of 324. Eligibility for TOP SECRET security clearance with access to SPECIAL COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION (SCI) is required for U.S. students. Applicants not meeting the mathematics requirements may be considered for entry via a refresher quarter.

Entry Date

The Information Warfare curriculum is an eight-quarter course of study with a single entry date in June. For further information, contact the Program Officer or Academic Associate for this curriculum.

Degree

Requirements for the MSIWSE degree are met en route to satisfying the Educational Skill Requirements of the curricular program.

Master of Science in Information Warfare Systems Engineering

The MSIWSE degree will be awarded at the completion of a multidisciplinary program in Curricula 595. The MSIWSE degree program has not been reviewed by the Engineering Accreditation Commission, ABET. The MSIWSE requires:

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 quarter-hours of graduate-level work, of which at least 15 hours must represent courses at the 4000 level, and in two (or more) discrete disciplines.
  • Graduate courses in at least four discrete academic specialization sequences, minimum, and in two disciplines, a course at the 4000 level must be included.
  • One Systems Engineering class.
  • In addition to the 45 graduate hours of course work, an acceptable thesis must be completed.
  • The candidate's program must be approved by the Chairman, Information Sciences Department.

Subspecialty

Navy none.

U.S. Marine Corps officers completing this curriculum fulfill the requirements for MOS 8834.

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CS3030Fundamentals of Computer Architecture and Operating Systems

4

0

CS3600Introduction to Computer Security

4

2

CS3690Network Security

4

1

CS3695Network Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Mitigation

3

2

DA3101Conflict in the Information Age

4

0

EC3760Information Operations Systems

3

2

EO2512Introduction to Communications & Countermeasures

4

2

EO2652Fields, Waves, and Electromagnetic Engineering

4

1

EO3602Electromagnetic Radiation, Scattering and Propagation

4

2

EO4612Microwave Devices and Radar

4

2

IO4300Planning and Execution of Military Operations in the Information Environment

3

2

IS3502Network Operations I

4

2

IW0810Thesis Research for IW Students

0

8

IW3101Military Operations in the Information Environment

4

0

IW4500Information Warfare Systems Engineering

3

2

IW3921Non-Kinetic Targeting

3

0

IW4960Advanced Information Warfare Systems

3

2

MA1113Single Variable Calculus I

4

0

MA1114Single Variable Calculus II with Matrix Algebra

4

0

MA1115Multi Variable Calculus

4

0

MA1116Vector Calculus

3

0

MA2121Differential Equations

4

0

MA3139Fourier Analysis and Partial Differential Equations

4

0

MN3331Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

5

1

NW3230Strategy & War

4

2

OS3105Statistics for Technical Management

4

1

PH1322Electromagnetism

4

2

Educational Skill Requirements (ESR) 

Information Warfare - Curriculum 595

Sciences, Technology, and Business Processes (Knowledge, Comprehension, and Application):

  1. Identify, describe, and apply concepts, theories, and practices in mathematics; physics; statistics; engineering; systems engineering; systems analysis, design and testing; and operations research that apply to information operations systems and processes.
  2. Describe, explain and apply DoD acquisition regulations and processes as they apply to information operations related systems.

Information Operations (Knowledge, Comprehension and Application):

  1. Identify, describe, explain and apply concepts, theories and practices associated with the employment of information operations assets and methods across the range of military operations.

Information Operations (Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation)

  1. Compare existing strategies, objectives and technologies with emerging concepts in these areas. They will be able to identify and compare the advantages, disadvantages and risks associated with each area. The graduate will be able to defend their assessment in terms of operational advantage, financial risk and technological feasibility. This skill area shall provide for subject-area track options in:
    1. Public Policy
    2. SIGINT/EW
    3. CNO/Cyberspace Operations and
    4. Operations and Planning.

Planning and Execution (Application and Analysis):

  1. Relate existing information operations technologies and theories to current and emerging military problem sets across the range of military operations (ROMO). These theories and technologies include, but are not limited to, those associated with electronic warfare, computer network operations, networks and cyberspace operations, decision making/command and control (C2), psychological operations/military information support operations, deception and influence operations.

Strategy and Policy (Synthesize and Evaluate):

  1. Evaluate and critique existing policies, procedures and doctrine affecting information operations and propose alternatives to overcome identified shortcomings.
  2. Graduates will support these proposals by identifying their impact across the range of military operations (ROMO).

Problem Solving and Real World Applicability (Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation):

  1. Incorporate concepts learned in each of the aforementioned skill requirements by designing, developing and executing a research project resulting in the writing of a comprehensive master’s thesis.