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A Student-Selected Speaker

"An Inflection Point in History"

Wayne Porter
Captian, US Navy (retired)
US Navy and Naval Postgraduate School

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

In this talk, Dr. Porter will cover the need to recognize our strategic environment as a complex system and apply systems thinking to better explore the opportunity space in uncertainty. He will focus on the concepts of prosperity, security, and values and the need for a new national strategy and a new model of economic development to offset anthropogenic effects while addressing the three greatest challenges we face this century: food, water, and energy sustainability. He will address education, security, and development of, and access to, renewable and reusable resources.

Wayne Porter holds a PhD in information sciences and two MS degrees in computer science and joint C4I systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School. His doctoral dissertation was an action research case study in which he used system dynamics to model the Steinbeck Innovation Cluster strategy he helped develop, linking the technology and innovation of Silicon Valley with the agriculture and aquaculture industries of Monterey County and the Salinas Valley in California

Dr. Porter has served in Japan, England, Italy, the Balkans, Bahrain (where he was the Navy’s Director of Intelligence for the Persian Gulf/East Africa), and had three tours on the personal staff of Adm. Mike Mullen, including as Special Assistant for Strategy to both the Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He is a Walton Fellow at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and recently served as Chair, Systemic Strategy and Complexit,y at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He retired from the Navy in July 2014 after 28 years of military service and is currently an independent systems and strategy consultant.

NOTE: Each academic year, six speakers are selected by Bren School MESM and PhD students to present on subjects that may be of particular interest to them. The talks are generally of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is to attract dynamic speakers to whom our students related particularly well, to enhance knowledge and understanding, and to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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