8/11/18 Update: In early 2015, we embarked on an effort to raise $ 400,000 to support USNA. As we continue through the fourth year of your project, I and the fellow officers would like to thank you for your great support of the Brigade of Midshipmen, in particular by supporting the building of Hopper Hall – the new Cyber Center. Here’s where the project stands:

Click here to view a presentation that provides a status of Hopper Hall and the Cyber program.

Here’s the status of our giving towards the project:

Awesome job so far!!!!! We’ve exceeded our overall fundraising goal (by over 50%!!) through a large number of us doing what we can to help 89 build our legacy at USNA. Thank you so much for all you’ve done! Note that we’re still at only 56% of our goal for Cyber Center Support, the cornerstone of our project. If 500 of us can pledge $19.89 a month for the remaining 15 months of our campaign – just to the Cyber Center – we’ll achieve our goals in each of the 3 areas of our project. I know that’s a big ask, and it would be extraordinary for over 50% of any class to engage in a class gift, but…what about ’89?

If you think you can handle my $19.89/mo for 15 months idea, then please click here (login required), select “Click Here to Donate to Your Class Project”, type $238.68 into the “’89 Cyber” box, and then select “pledge” for the gift type. Spread it over 1 year with a monthly frequency, and it will be $19.89/mo. Then next August (2019) you can either just give a 1-time contribution of $59.67 or make 3 more manual payments of $19.89. I’ll remind you about this next year. If you prefer to take care of this over the phone, you can call 410-295-4117.

500 additional classmates is a TALL order, so if you feel you can do a little more, please do. Again – we just need the help with our Cyber project – we’ve reached our goals with the others.

Posted by: Ingar Grev

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A message from Paul Dabbar, Co-Chair of the Class Project  Committee:

Dear classmates:

As you know we started our next 10 year-increment class project process right after our 25 year reunion last year, and this week we are launching the solicitation

Our recent steps:

We completed our phone and Survey Monkey surveys during the summer, and then the committee and class officers worked with the Foundation to finalise the selection.

The class voted that their highest interest project areas were Cyber and Project Based Learning.

So after some work, we identified two specific projects that were high in USNA’s top priorities for outside funds, that encompassed both of those top two areas of interest from our class surveys: International Cyber Outreach and Midshipmen Cyber Competitions

On the International Cyber Outreach project, the Cyber center (run by our classmate Paul Tortora) has started doing international trips during the summer for midshipmen to visit various other countries and get exposure to how they are “taking the fight” on this growing area for international security. Our funds would allow the this initial effort to be expanded and lengthened in terms of number of summer this can be funded.

The second project is Midshipmen Cyber Competitions.  To support midshipmen participation in cross college cyber exercises (or as the Supe put it, “hackathons”).  Before Paul and the current Supe took over this effort, USNA did not perform very well, but this last year after their re focus on that, USNA came in first in the Cyber Defense Exercise (“CDX”) out of 28 schools, and met the President for the award. USNA participates in the NSA CDX, the NYU CTF Competition, and others that are proliferating across the military and undergraduate college realms. Additional funds for this program would allow additional participation of midshipmen in these events and an expansion in the number of events they can participate in.

Below is the final official project goal description.


As an effort to broaden the understanding of how our international partners are operating and proceeding in the cyber domain, funds will be used to expand the current “International Cyber Outreach & Exposure” program.  These focused summer trips will visit key partner countries, foreign industries, and other foreign based cyber efforts to comprehend operations in a globally connected world, constantly threatened by state and non-state actors.  (Superintendent’s #3 Priority: International efforts/awareness/experience).

Should the Class raise a wider amount of funds from a successful solicitation, we will also provide funding to support and expand current cross-college and Department of Defense cyber competitions for the midshipmen, such as the NSA CDX (Cyber Defense Exercise) the NYU CTF Competition, CalTech/UCLA HackTech, and the Stanford TreeHack. (Superintendent’s # 2 Priority: Cyber Studies)

The Class officers will work with the Foundation and the Academy to brand one or both as Class of ’89 programs

The Class Officers also recommend that Classmates also allocate 5% of their donation to Athletic Excellence, as well as 15% as an Unrestricted Contribution to the Foundation.

Next steps:

The Foundation and the Class Fundraising Committee will be making calls to you all to begin the fund raise. And a letter will also come out from us describing the projects and request you donation. Please take the call and donate!

Any questions please let us know