US Naval Postgraduate School partners with Microsoft

May 10 2022

The US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California announced a new partnership with Microsoft after the signing of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between the two organizations. Together with Microsoft, NPS plans to carry out research to support the Navy and Marine Corps.

Through the partnership, NPS will use Azure, Office 365, and Teams. With a jointly developed Cooperative Research Initiative, it will support cloud networking, edge computing, gaming, exercises, and modeling. Additionally, NPS plans to create a hybrid learning “smart campus.”

“For over four decades, we’ve worked with the U.S. Department of Defense on a longstanding and reliable basis in support of its mission to ensure our national security. This Cooperative Research Initiative with the Naval Postgraduate School will provide a remarkable opportunity for us to work shoulder to shoulder with our nation’s brightest leaders and servicemembers and help them solve the complex challenges they face. And through this collaboration, we look forward to sharing our latest research and furthering our joint efforts to empower our military to make our nation safer,” stated Jason Zander, executive vice president of Microsoft.

“Today, so much innovation and technological research and development is powered by America’s robust corporate base. The Department of the Navy has been trying to find ways where our organizations can emulate and evolve with the nimble agility of these organizations, and with success. This agreement between NPS and Microsoft takes that initiative to the next level, creating a defined cooperative research collaboration between a global tech giant and the capabilities it brings to bear, with the Navy’s leading science and technological university, where operationalizing innovation is core to their mission,” said Aaron Weis, the Department of the Navy’s Chief Information Officer, in a statement.

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