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President Christina Paxson and Rear Admiral Ted Carter sign an agreement for a closer partnership between Brown and the Naval War College. After more than 12 years of ground conflict, the United States faces a range of new challenges from cybersecurity to environmental health.	 (Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University)
Brown president Christina Paxson and Rear Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter sign an agreement for a closer partnership between Brown and the U.S. Naval War College. After more than 12 years of ground conflict, the United States faces a range of new challenges from cybersecurity to environmental health. (Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University)


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rear Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr., president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and Christina H. Paxson, president, Brown University, signed a Research and Education Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between NWC and Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies, June 6.

The agreement promotes collaborative research and teaching between the two institutions, serves as an opportunity to establish and conduct programs to improve education in science-related fields to meet the long-term national defense needs, and establish cooperative education programs for undergraduate and graduate education.

"This is an exciting time for the NWC as our nation ends over twelve years of ground conflict and begins to refocus on other geographic locations and less tangible arenas such as cyberspace, cybersecurity, and the electromagnetic spectrum," said Carter. "Our partnership with the Watson Institute will help to build a better future for tomorrow by enabling the NWC to leverage the academic expertise of the Watson Institute with answering some of these very challenging problems that face our world today."

Signed by Paxson on behalf of its Watson Institute for International Studies, the MOA also sets forth mutual obligations and responsibilities with respect to an effective use of respective resources, facilities, and expertise to forge a cooperative relationship to further the research, educational, and service missions of each institution.

"Together, Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies and the Naval War College will focus on solutions to contemporary security challenges such as cybersecurity, non proliferation, and environmental change," said Paxson.

Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of the panel's seapower subcommittee, also attended the signing.

"The partnership announced today between NWC and Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies brings together two of Rhode Island's leading academic research and teaching institutions for a collaboration that is poised to make a significant impact on the international challenges we face as a nation," said Reed.