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Jeffrey E. Kline, CAPT, USN (RET.)
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Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
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PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE, Operations Research

Jeff Kline attended the University of Missouri, School of Engineering, graduating with honors in Industrial Engineering, and received his Navy commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 1979. His initial sea tour was in USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD-980) serving as Gunnery Officer and Navigator. Jeff's following sea tours included assignments as propulsion officer in USS RANGER (CV-61), Combat Systems Officer in USS JOHN L. HALL (FFG-32), Operations Officer for Tactical Destroyer Squadron 32, Commanding Officer of USS AQUILA (PHM-4), Commanding Officer of USS CUSHING (DD-985), and Deputy Operations Officer of COMSIXTHFLT. His shore tours include Marine Corps Landing Force Training Command, Pacific as an instructor in Naval Gunfire and Supporting Arms, Naval Postgraduate School as a student in Operations Research graduating with honors, and Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Naval Analyst. Jeff is also a 1997 honors graduate of the National War College in Washington D.C.

Jeff is currently a Professor of Practice in the Operations Research department and is the Director of the Wayne P. Hughes Jr. Naval Warfare Studies Institute. He teaches Joint Campaign Analysis, systems analysis, executive risk assessment and contributes to maritime security education programs offered at NPS. Jeff supports applied analytical research in naval warfare, maritime operations and security, theater ballistic missile defense, and future force composition studies. Jeff was a member of the 2017 Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Design Advisory Board. He has also served on several Naval Study Board Committees. His NPS faculty awards include the 2019 J. Steinhardt Award for lifetime achievement in Military Operations Research, the Navy's Superior Civilian Service Award, 2011 Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) Award for Teaching of OR Practice, 2009 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Homeland Security Award, 2007 Hamming Award for interdisciplinary research, 2007 Wayne E. Meyers Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering Research, and the 2005 Northrop Grumman Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering. He is a member of the Military Operations Research Society and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science.


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