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Michael Barrett
Faculty Associate - Research
Department of Information Science
Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 805-407-4090
Email: mdbarret (at)
MS - Naval Postgraduate School, 1976
Aeronautical Engineering
AE - Naval Postgraduate School, 1976
BS - Pennsylvania State University, 1969
  • 2012-Present: Faculty Associate - Research
    • Data Collection lead, Joint Interagency Field Experiment (JIFX). Assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in the design, execution, evaluation, and reporting of this multi-institutional, semi-structured learning environment four times per year. This experiment directly influences both the classroom content of GSOIS courses, as well as leading directly to a number of thesis opportunities. I personally evaluate every potential collaborator, along with the lead S&T representative of each Combatant Commander (COCOM) to determine which experiments will be relevant to the needs of the COCOMs. I actively recruit participants to submit white papers to JIFX as the NPS representative to In-Q-Tel (IQT). IQT participants represented a quarter of all experiments at JIFX 15-1. Two of these JIFX 15-1 experiments were chosen for deployment by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). I updated the evaluation forms to make them more relevant as the needs of the COCOMs have evolved. I brief all of the military evaluators as well as the COCOM evaluators prior to each JIFX.
    • I assisted the PI at the Center for Asymmetric Warfare in the in planning and executing Coastal Trident. This is another multi-institutional, semi-structured learning environment conducted by NPS to enhance port safety, security and maritime operations. We evaluated a number of maritime robotic experiments, as well as innovative tethered sensors operated above a NOAA research vessel to track highly maneuverable small boats at sea, while wirelessly reporting position and speed information to participating Coast Guard units. We also did research on natural oil seepage in the Santa Barbara Channel to inform cleanup requirements.
    • I led the planning, execution and reporting of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Pilot Program to inform capability development in Panoramic Surveillance Capability Assessment through Deployable Force Protection (DFP) events at several Technical Support and Operational Analysis Activity (TSOA) events. This in an example of providing technical expertise to support force level warfare requirements generation, requirements tracking, and architecture development for force protection operations.
    • I traveled to Slovenia to participate in Trial Proteus, a NATO trial intended to improve hostile fire indications (HFI) performance of various missile-warning systems adapted to provide HFI as well as missile warning. This report is available through the Center for Countermeasures.
    • At the request of CENTCOM, I coordinated the Lightweight Low Energy Antenna Form experiment and wrote the evaluation for CENTCOM.
    • Technical advisor to thesis students. In one case, I was able to direct a student involved in high energy microwave research to the proceedings of the Directed Energy Professional Society Symposiums where I have been a briefer in the past. This helped the student to direct his research into a more productive area. In another case I was able to help a thesis student with the design and execution of an experiment involving Electronic Warfare using swarming UAVs. This student’s work combines the results of robotic work done by Professor Chung with digital radio frequency memory work done by Professor Pace. I was able to borrow the necessary equipment to perform the experiment at no cost to NPS I also reviewed the thesis and suggested changes to make it relevant to future experimenters.
OTHER EXPERIENCE: (View an extended list)
  • I was technical manager of the Protected Landing and Takeoff Advanced Technology Capability Demonstration, which successfully combined ground based missile warning with data linked command and control combined with low observable countermeasures, while also evaluating active missile warning systems, high power microwave weapons, and high power laser weapons. I am a co-holder of four patents awarded as a result of this work.
  • I successfully tested a high power laser system to defeat ManPADS missiles.
  • I was responsible for advanced research and T&E in missile detection and countermeasures, as well as counter-UAS and other disruptive technologies.
  • I conducted the Black Dart counter-UAS experiment for five years, combining both lethal (lasers, guns, and missiles) and non-lethal detect and defeat mechanisms. UAV vulnerability and UAV survivability were examined.
  • My briefing on Special Materials decoys at the NDIA Aircraft Survivability Conference resulted in requests to brief several international US partners.
  • Information Operations
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Information Operations
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Tactical Wireless Communications
  • Infrared and RF sensors
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
  • Navy League of the Untied States, Award for Greatest Academic achievement, 1975
  • National Association of Old Crows, Management Medal, 1990
  • Naval Air Warfare Center, Commander Clifton Evans, Jr. Memorial Award, 2005
  • Numerous Military Awards
  • Association of Old Crows, 1968-present
  • SENSIAC SME for Electronic Warfare and IRCM
  • Multiple reports documented in Military Sensing Symposium Proceedings, 2003 to 2011
  • JIFX 12-4 Final Report, Lightweight Low Energy Antenna Form (LLEAF) Limited Objective Experiment
  • Contributor, Editor: Technical Support & Operational Analysis (TSOA) 13-3 - Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE) Pilot Program: Panoramic Surveillance Capability Assessment
  • Contributor, Editor: MSCoE Pilot Program Assessment for TSOA 13-4

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