Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
The Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) offers world-class education programs and professional development opportunities in defense management and public policy to U.S. and allied military officers, defense civilians and defense contractors. Our academic and research programs promote national security and support the DON/DOD by developing intellectual leadership in a broad range of topics in defense management.
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    The Effect of the Diversity on First-Ship Assignment on First-Term Retention Decisions
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2020-11) Arkes, Jeremy; Tick, Simona; Mehay, Steve; Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM); Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
    This study uses a sample of Navy personnel data for personnel entering the Navy between FY1995 and FY2012 to examine how higher levels of diversity among peers and role models affect retention. To test for this effect, we estimated fixed-effects models that regressed the firstterm retention decision on the proportions of shipmates who were Black, Hispanic, and female. We found some cases of strong evidence that greater diversity positively affects retention for both underrepresented groups, as well as majority groups. In an accompanying qualitative analysis from interviews with first-term sailors on Navy ships, we learned that members of underrepresented groups, compared to others, tend to face greater obstacles resulting from institutional Navy rules, tend to have inferior experiences with mentors, have more communication challenges with peers and superiors, and feel like they have fewer opportunities in the Navy. Greater diversity among peers and superiors might be able to address some of these more challenging experiences.
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    Studying the Formulation of Incremental Development Approaches
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2020-04-27) Mortlock, Robert; Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM); Acquisition Management (AM); Acquisition Research Program (ARP); Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM); Acquisition Research Program
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    Measurement and Analysis of Officer of the Deck Competency: New Findings for FY19-20
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2020-05) Cunha, Jesse; Salazar, Vincent; Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM); Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
    In response to several high-profile ship collisions in 2017, the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWSCCOLCOM, commonly known as SWSC) implemented a program to assess the proficiency of first-tour U.S. Naval Officers of the Deck (OODs). The program has three components: a simulator exercise assessed by a post-command officer, written exams of rules of the road and seamanship knowledge, and a self-reported survey of OOD’s operational experience and background. In a continuation of our study of the first round of data collected in 2018, SWSC asked us to analyze the statistical relationship between proficiency, knowledge, and experience from data collected in 2019. They also asked us to make recommendations for how future assessment data can be collected and analyzed in order to inform optimal training and watchstanding policies. The 2019 data contains a random sample of 66 OODs who were assessed at the end of their first tour. The experience survey revealed large variation in OODs’ operational experience, partly stemming from significant variation in the time spent underway. For example, while the median first-tour OOD had 200 hours of experience, OODs in the 5th and 95th percentiles of the distribution had 18 and 855 hours of experience, respectively. 10% of experience was gained in a simulator, and most OODs had no watchstanding experience in the past 90 days at the time of assessment. Assessment scores were normally distributed around “average” proficiency and had an almost identical distribution as scores from the 2018 data collection round. Knowledge is positively correlated with assessed proficiency, but we found no correlation between experience and proficiency. Ultimately, the small sample size precludes our ability to make precise recommendations about optimal training policies. However, the Surface Community has developed a plan to assess all OODs at multiple points during their careers starting in 2021 and the resulting data, if consistently collected and stored correctly, will facilitate data-driven policy decisions concerning training, proficiency remediation, and officer detailing.