Prof. Ray Buettner

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Raymond R. Buettner Jr, PhD
Associate Professor of Information Sciences
Director, Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX)
Director, Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER)

Prof. Ray BuettnerDr. Ray Buettner is a native of Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1981 and served 10 years as Naval Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator while earning his Associate's and Bachelor's degrees. Upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School Buettner was commissioned an Ensign. He holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. Following his commissioning, Ray earned designation as a Naval Flight Officer. His next tour of duty was at Tinker AFB Oklahoma as a Mission Commander-Evaluator for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE. Following his tour as a student at the Naval Postgraduate School, Buettner served as Assistant Navigator on USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75). He returned to NPS as a military faculty member and retired from active duty after nearly 23 years of service.

From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Buettner served on the civilian faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and was the Information Operations Chair. He established himself as one of the nation's foremost experts in the area of influence modeling and in this capacity he was engaged at the direct support of national authorities during the EP-3 collision incident and the post-9/11 response. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Cebrowski Institute for Information Innovation and Superiority.

Ray then began a 2 year period of leave without pay during which he served as founder and Chief Technology Officer for Secure Cognition, Inc. applying technology licensed from the NSA in the commercial sector. During this period he learned a great deal about the venture capital process and the cyber security industry.

Dr. Buettner returned to NPS in 2007 and has specialized in systems engineering applications, information operations, and field experimentation. He served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Defense's Information Operations Center for Excellence where he focused on graduate education and cyber issues. He was the NPS's first Director, Field Experimentation from 2009 to 2012. His current research efforts focus on the design of multi-institutional semis structured learning environments (MISSLEs) and the evolving command, control and organizational implications associated with the teaming of human and non-human cognitive entities for military applications.

He is the Director and Principal Investigator for multiple research projects with budgets exceeding $6 million dollars annually, including the Secretary of the Navy sponsored Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense sponsored Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) projects. He also teaches courses for curricula in the Information Sciences Department and the Cyber Academic Group.