The Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute advances research, education and analysis on the strategic and operational challenges of cyberspace for the Department of the Navy.
Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute (CIPI) supports the broad educational objectives of the Naval War College through a variety of fora to inform mid-grade and senior officers and leaders in the Department of the Navy on the strategic and operational challenges of operations in the cyberspace domain.
Located at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, as part of the Strategic and Operational Research Department within the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, the CIPI is primarily a research institute dedicated to conducting detailed research and analysis on the complexity of cyberspace operations, opportunities and challenges.
Research focuses on four broad areas of inquiry, including:
Comparative cyber commands with a study of lessons emerging from differences in the creation and evolution of U.S. and allied cyber commands or their equivalents.
Implications of a future cyber “Westphalia” along with a continuing study of the systemic changes brought about by a cybered world and how those changes affect U.S. and allied assumptions and abilities to operate.
China and systemic cyberpower, focused on how China is using its cyber capabilities in combination with other elements of its national power to pursue its national interests.
Gaming systemic cybered conflict by identifying tools and techniques to create game-based simulations for research and classroom use that allow experimentation on and examination of emerging and future cyber-conflict scenarios.
Our experienced and renowned faculty has years of earned expertise across a wide range of naval and educational topics. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.
With engineering, economics, and comparative complex organization theory/political science degrees, Dr. Chris C. Demchak is the RDML Grace M. Hopper Professor of Cyber Security and Director, Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute, U.S. Naval War College. In her research on cyberspace as a globally shared insecure complex ‘substrate’, Demchak takes a systemic approach to emergent structures, comparative institutional evolution, adversaries’ use of systemic cybered tools, virtual worlds/gaming for operationalized organizational learning, and designing systemic resilience against imposed surprise.
Dombrowski is a professor of strategy in the Strategic and Operational Research Department. Previous positions include chair of the Strategic Research Department, editor of the Naval War College Review, co-editor of International Studies Quarterly, and associate professor of political science at Iowa State University. Dombrowski is the author of over 65 publications. His most recent book is, “The End of Grand Strategy: U.S. Maritime Operations in the 21st Century” (Cornell 2018). He received his B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.