The Naval Postgraduate School provides relevant and unique advanced education and research programs to increase the combat effectiveness of commissioned officers of the naval service to enhance the security of the United States. In support of the foregoing and to sustain academic excellence, NPS will foster a program of relevant and meritorious thesis and research experiences for NPS students that informs the curricula, supports the needs of the Department of Defense, and builds the intellectual capital of NPS faculty. To support the core Navy mission, NPS programs are inherently joint, inter-agency, and international.