Marine Corps’ Landmark PhD Program Celebrates First Technical Graduate > United States Marine Corps Flagship > News Display
When the Marine Corps developed its new Doctor of Philosophy Program, the service recognized the need for a cohort of strategic thinkers and technical leaders capable of the applied research and innovative thinking necessary to develop warfighter advantage in the modern, cognitive age. The Technical version of the program, PHDP-T, just celebrated its first graduate, with Maj. Ezra Akin completing his doctorate in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, September 25.
Combining his operational background with a PhD in Operations Research, Akin now possesses both the operational and technical mastery necessary to apply innovative thinking to the most technically-complex challenges.
“The Marine Corps recently determined that we have a legitimate requirement for uniformed PhDs,” said Col. Randolph Pugh, NPS Senior Marine Corps Representative. “Identifying technological breakthroughs, determining how they should be integrated into our warfighting concepts, and then guiding the Marine Corps’ research and development