Heritage Chair History
This Sub-Page is provided as a permanent record of our efforts in support of the Chair of Naval Heritage at the Academy. It should be known that the Class honors the Chair-holder on his/her departure with a commemorative Chair engraved with inscriptions as below. It has just occurred to your Webmeister that the structure of this page is ridiculously cumbersome to any interested reader. Therefore, but not immediately, this page will be re-structured so that "The last shall be first and the first shall be last!" which will end my small game of offering drinks for readers that persevere to the end and learn the Magic Word that gets them drinks on me when next we meet. Alas and Alack!
I. Williamson (Wick) Murray 2007-2008
The first occupant of the Chair was Professor Williamson (Wick) Murray whose biography is presented in the paragraphs below.
Dr. Williamson Murray (Wick Murray) is Professor Emeritus (History) at Ohio State University (Retired) and Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). He also served on the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century / Hart-Rudman Commission as a Study Group Member.
• B.A. Yale University, (1963)
• M.A. Yale University, (1971)
• Ph.D. Yale University, (1975)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE - HIGHLIGHTS
• Charles Lindbergh Professor, Air and Space Museum, 1997-1998
• Horner Professor of Military Theory, Marine Corps University, 1995-1997
• Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics, 1994-1995
• Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University, 1995
• Secretary of the Navy Fellow, Naval War College, 1991-1992
• Professor of History, Ohio State University, 1977-1995
• Maintenance Officer, 314th TAL Wing, South East Asia, 1968-1969
HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS
• Long Committee on Professional Military Education, 1989-1990
• Second Andrew D. White Prize in European History, Yale University, 1963
From the Naval War College Review, Spring 2001 (http://www.nwc.navy.mil/press/Review/2001/Spring/MurW-bio.htm): "Dr. Murray received his Ph.D. (after service in the U.S. Air Force) in military-diplomatic history at Yale University. He has taught at Yale, at the Air, Army, and Naval War Colleges, the U.S. Military Academy, Marine Corps University, the London School of Economics, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and Ohio State University, of which he is a professor emeritus. He is currently a consultant at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Arlington, Virginia. His numerous books include Air War, 1914-1945 (1999) and a number of works in collaboration with Allan Millett, including, most recently, A War to Be Won: Fighting World War II (1999)."
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Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe (1991)
PRESENTATION TO PROFESSOR MURRAY ON HIS DEPARTURE
Whereas: The United States Naval Academy Class of 1957 has funded the “Class of 1957 Chair in Naval Heritage” as its 50th anniversary gift to the Academy, and
Whereas: The Class presented the Superintendent of the Naval Academy with a suitably engraved Naval Academy “Captain’s Chair” to symbolize this gift, and
Whereas: After an extensive search to find the most highly qualified history professional professor, Dr. Williamson “Wick” Murray was selected from among a distinguished group, and
Whereas: Dr. Murray began teaching at the Academy in the winter semester of 2006, and
Whereas: During his four semesters of teaching he has inspired his midshipmen students and contributed to their understanding of the importance of naval heritage through a number of unique and innovative means including –
• Instituting a “History Club” – an informal gathering in the evenings for any midshipmen or faculty interested in discussing matters of historical interest,
• Bringing a series of renowned persons to the academy to address not only his classes, but any members of the Brigade and faculty on topics of historical and current significance,
• Leading tours of nearby battlefield locations to instill in midshipmen and invited members of the Class of 1957 a better appreciation of the importance of leadership in combat.
Now therefore: Be it resolved that the class presents the inaugural Chair in Naval Heritage “Captain’s Chair” to Professor Williamson “Wick” Murray as an expression of our gratitude to him for his outstanding performance as first incumbent of the “Class of 1957 Chair in Naval Heritage,” to recognize the significant positive impact he has had on the Naval Academy, and the honor he has brought to the class through his work.
Given under our hands this 7th Day of May 2008 at Annapolis, Maryland
David S. Cooper
William H. Peerenboom
Paul O. Behrends
Thomas M. Sims
II. Gilbert Andrew Hugh Gordon 2008-2009
The second occupant was Doctor Gilbert Andrew Hugh Gordon. His biography is presented in the below paragraphs.
Name in Full: Gilbert Andrew Hugh GORDON
Department & Address: Defence Studies Department, Joint Services Command & Staff College (JSCSC), Faringdon Road, Watchfield, Swindon, Wilts SN6 8TS, U.K.
Title of Present Post: Reader in Defence Studies, King’s College London.
Date of Birth: 23 July 1951
King's College London, Ph D. War Studies, 1983
University of Wales, Aberystwyth, BScEcon (Hons), International Politics (2:1), 1977.
Desk Officer for Employment & Industrial Relations, Conservative Research Department, Conservative Central Office. January 1983 - July ‘84
Research Consultant, Cabinet Office Historical Section, July 1984 - October ’96.
Honorary Fellow at Exeter University, pursuing own research, November ’96 - August ‘97 .
Senior Lecturer (Civil Service ranking), JSCSC, Bracknell, August 1997 – August ‘00.
Lecturer (KCL), JSCSC, August 2000 – September ’01.
Since joining the Defence Studies Department ten years ago, I have taught, and continue to teach, across the spectrum of courses, the three main levels of which are explained below:
The JSCSC is structured around three mainstream levels of Command & Staff Courses:
1. The ‘Intermediate’ single-service level, with students at the slightly unequal ranks of Lieutenant RN, junior Major, and Flight Lieutenant.
2. The joint ‘Advanced’ level, for Lt Commanders, Majors and Squadron Leaders.
3. The joint ‘Higher’ level, for RN Captains/Commodores and their equivalents.
At the Intermediate level, I lecture to all three Services’ Courses, but routinely teach the eight-week Intermediate Command & Staff Course (Maritime). The ICSC(M)'s purpose is "To equip officers with the background knowledge skills and attitudes required for the full range of junior staff and command appointments and to evaluate their potential for further staff training." Roughly half the course is academic-led education. A key feature is an Elective sub-course on subjects of the tutors' own devising. My Elective, which I teach two or three times a year, is a study of British Seapower during the half-century following the Naval Defence Act of 1889.
The core of JSCSC business is the tri-service Advanced Command & Staff Course (ACSC). This is an intensive eleven-month course, with around 360 students, a quarter of them foreign, covering the whole gamut of 'defence studies' subjects. Its mission is "to prepare selected officers for high-grade appointments, up to and including the rank of Captain RN, Colonel and Group Captain, by developing their command, analytical and communications skills, and by providing a broad understanding and knowledge of joint, single-service and combined operations, and of defence as a whole." Aside from teaching, I am the ACSC's Subject Matter Expert on Command & Leadership.
The jewel in the JSCSC's crown is the Higher Command & Staff Course. This is an annual three-month course for officers of great experience, typically in their mid-40s, and destined for high rank. Its desired end-state is "to have developed a mind that is able to analyze complex issues of a joint and combined nature from first principles in order to make timely decisions at the higher level of influence and command." There are just three internal (Defence Studies Dept) historians assigned to the HCSC (one for each element): I am both the original Maritime Historian and the Academic Lead, and have thus been closely involved in this Course and its development since 1998. The most demanding part of the HCSC is the intensive ten-day ‘Staff Ride’, which is a battlefield tour in which we historians set the scene at each ‘stand’ and then students lead the ‘modern pull through’ discussions, based on supervised research papers. This has to be stage-managed into coherent packages without curbing the students’ own conclusions.
My first book, British Seapower & Procurement: A Reappraisal of Rearmament, illustrates the broad base of the pyramid: ostensibly about procurement, it explores the full web of contextual factors within which the Admiralty’s procurement policies were set and within which the Navy’s leaders should be judged. I sought to demystify Britain’s preparations for war in the 1930s, and, in particular, to dispose of (then) enduring mythologies about the constraints on rearmament.
My second book, The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command explores the underlying influences behind the Grand Fleet’s performance in 1916. It won the inaugural Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature (1996), and the Longman History Today Book-of-the-Year Prize (1997). Paperback editions came out in 2000 and 2005. I stopped collecting reviews after a while, but one may be cited here: “Already the book is being read, and praised, by the Admirals at whom it is in part directed. It remains to be seen if the senior officers of that much larger and more institutional service, the US Navy, will be willing to take it to heart. It may be an uncomfortable read for them and perhaps also for some historians. This is not quite the way we have been brought up to do it; academics steam in company, and think of their promotion prospects before they haul out of line without orders.” (Professor Nicholas Rodger, International Journal of Maritime History, Vol.IX, No.2, Dec 1997). The book has a unique paragraph in the bibliography of British Maritime Doctrine, and is recommended reading at the US Naval War College, Rhode Island. The Royal Australian Navy’s published Reading List (March 2006) rates it as “essential reading and highly recommended.”
My Contributions to recent publications include:
• Chapter: ‘Operational Command at Sea’ in J.Reeve & D.Stevens (eds.) The Face of Naval Battle (2003) (A&U, 2003)
• Chapter: ‘The Largest Armada the World has Ever Seen’ in J.Penrose (ed.), The D Day Companion (Osprey 2004)
• Chapter: ‘The Transition to War: the Hunt for Goeben & Breslau, 1914’, in I.Speller (ed.), The Royal Navy and Maritime Power in the Twentieth Century (Frank Cass, 2005)
• Chapter: ‘Military Transformation in Long Periods of Peace’, in W.Murray & R.Sinnreich, The Past as Prologue: the importance of history to the military profession. (CUP, 2006)
• Chapter: ‘1914-1918, the Proof of the Pudding’, in G.Till (ed.) The Development of British Naval Thinking: Essays in Memory of Bryan Ranft (Routledge, 2006)
• Article: ‘Nelson is Not Sufficient’, commissioned by the RN’s professional journal, the Naval Review (published in November 2005 issue (Vol.93, Number 4)):
• Tripartite articles: October 2006: RUSI Journal & RUSI website: an air/sea/land record-straightener (in association with Dr Christina Goulter and Prof Gary Sheffield) regarding the recent media spat over the respective air and naval roles in the deterrence of Operation SEALION. My 2,600-word article on RUSI website will be printed in the February 2007 issue of the Naval Review.
Main Work in Progress:
Master of the Narrow Seas: a major biography of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, naval commander of both the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 and the Normandy landings in 1944. Ramsay fits my academic interests on several other levels of research-led teaching. His position by, say, 1944, at the centre of a web of senior Allied commanders is directly relevant both to my ACSC ‘subject matter expertise’ in Command & Leadership, and to my evolving work on the HCSC Staff Ride, which studies both Dunkirk and Normandy. He is a vital link in understanding how the ‘Allied Command Club’ in the European Theatre worked.
Further Work Projected:
The Whale and the Elephant (working title): Britain’s war against (mainly) Germany in the global seascape of maritime strategy.
I have given recent conference papers, as follows:
At the Society of Military History (SMH) Conference hosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on 1-4 May 2003: a paper on ‘Operational Art in the Mediterranean, 1940-43’.
At the ‘Past Futures’ twin Conferences, hosted in the UK (3-4 July 2003) at Sandhurst by the Strategic & Combat Studies Institute and in the US (9-10 September) at Quantico by the Marine Corps University, a paper on ‘Military Transformations in Long Periods of Peace: the Victorian Royal Navy’.
At the SMH Conference hosted by the University of Maryland, Bethesda, 20-23 May 2004, I gave a paper on ‘History Theory, Doctrine and Naval Command’.
At the Annapolis Naval History Symposium on ‘Expeditionary Warfare’ on 7-8 April 2005, I gave a paper on the Victorians’ experience of maritime power projection.
I was invited by German Armed Forces’ Militärgeschichliche Forschungsamt and the Otto-von-Bismarck-Foundation to give a keynote paper at their Battle of Jutland 90th Anniversary Conference at the end of May 2006, but was unable to attend due to teaching commitments.
Six events, formal and informal, deserve mention as indicators of esteem:
1. & 2. I was guest of honour of The Royal Navy Club of 1765 & 1785, at its Queen’s Birthday Dinners in 1998 and 2004. One of the most exclusive military clubs in the world, this comprises RN officers qualified for major warship command (a shrinking group).
3. In August 2002 Com.UK Task Group flew me out to Bahrain as his guest, and thence out to USS George Washington in the Indian Ocean. I was onboard for two days and gave a historical talk to the Battle Group flag-officer, RAdm Joe Sestak, and his staff (inc. Capt. Gerry Roncolato).
4. In October 2005 I was guest of honour of the Royal College of Defence Studies for their 200th anniversary Trafalgar Night Dinner on the gundeck of HMS Victory.
5. In 2001 I was the Royal Australian Navy’s ‘Synnot’ Visiting Lecturer for 2001. This scheme is in memory of Admiral Sir Anthony Synnot, RAN, and is extended to an overseas academic each year. In July 2001 I spent two weeks in Canberra and Sydney, gave a keynote paper at the King-Hall Naval History Conference and delivered six other scheduled and unscheduled addresses/lectures. I was invited to give a paper at their 2006 Sea Power Conference – ‘Challenges Old and New’ – in early February. My Conference paper was entitled ‘The Best Laid Staff Plans…’
6. I took part in a panel (‘Back to the Future: Sir John Fisher’s Naval Revolution and the Future of the US Fleet’) at the US Naval Institute’s 2006 Joint Warfare Conference, 5th October 2006, in Virginia Beach. There was talk of repeating the panel in April 2007 in Annapolis.
I regularly lecture on ‘Crisis Escalation and Command Dilemmas’ to the CO Desigs Course at the RN’s Maritime Warfare Centre. I have been visiting speaker on many occasions, often onboard ship, sometimes at sea – including a week in Illustrious, for her visit to Malta in 2005, to ensure that the ship’s company understood the strong historical links between the island and the ship. I was in the select loop for the recent redrafts both of Fighting Instructions and of British Maritime Doctrine (BR 1806).
I am a former Lieutenant Commander, Royal Naval Reserve.
3rd January 2007
III. Ronald Spector 2009-2010
The third occupant was Professor Ronald Spector. He completed his appointment in the Summer of 2010. His biography, somewhat more concise than the earlier occupants, is contained in the paragraphs below.
RONALD SPECTOR (Ph.D, Yale) has been Professor of History and International Relations in the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University since 1990. He previously taught at the University of Alabama and at LSU. Besides his recent book, In the Ruins of Empire, he is the author of three other works. His best known books are Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan, which was a main selection of the Book of the Month Club and winner of the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Prize in Naval History and After Tet: The Bloodiest Year in Vietnam. His book, At War at Sea: Sailors and Naval Combat in the Twentieth Century received the 2002 Distinguished Book Award of the Society for Military History. Spector has been a Fulbright Lecturer in India, Israel and Singapore and Visiting Professor at The National War College, the Army War College, Keio University in Tokyo and Princeton.
Spector entered the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted man in 1967 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. He served in Vietnam during 1968-69 and in various active duty assignments during the Grenada/Lebanon incidents in 1983-84. He also served on the adjunct faculty of The Marine Corps Command and Staff College. His other government experience includes service as a historian with the U.S. Army Center of Military History and the Naval Historical Center where he was the first civilian to serve as Director of Naval History and Curator for the Navy Department.
IV. John H. Schroeder 2010-2011
Navy Professor Schroeder assumed the Chair in the Fall of 2010 as the fourth occupant. His biography, while a bit terse, perhaps, is presented below.
UW System University Professor
B.A., Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 1965
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1967 & 1971.
19th Century U.S. History – Political, Diplomatic, Maritime & Naval.
19th century U.S. History – Political, Diplomatic, Maritime & Naval.
U.S. History Survey; Early American Republic; Era of Civil War and Reconstruction; U.S. Maritime History; History of the American Presidency.
Former UWM Chancellor; Current Member, Board of Curators, Wisconsin Historical Society.
Mr. Polk’s War: American Opposition and Dissent, 1846-1848. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1973.
Shaping a Maritime Empire: The Commercial and Diplomatic Role of the American Navy, 1829-1861. Westport, CO.: Greenwood Press, 1985.
Matthew Calbraith Perry: Antebellum Sailor and Diplomat. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2001. (Winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize for Naval History, 2002.
Commodore John Rodgers: Paragon of the Early American Navy. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2006.
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Department of History
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201
Tel (414) 229-4361 | Fax (414) 229-2435
Valedictory Remarks May 2011
I will be heading down the road this weekend and returning to Wisconsin. It has been a wonderful year for me and I want to thank the Class of 1957 for making this opportunity possible. I have enjoyed immensely teaching the midshipmen. They are a challenging and stimulating group. Having gotten to know some of them, I return to Wisconsin feeling very good about the future of the Navy's leadership. I also made very good use of the Nimitz Library. I was able to finish the research (and another rough draft) of my book on the U.S. Navy in the Pacific between 1815 and 1890.
I also want to thank you and your fellow Class of 1957 members for the way that I was welcomed and treated during the year. On various occasions, I was invited to games, ceremonies, dinners and golf games. I appreciated those invitations because they allowed me to get to know some members of the class. I return to Wisconsin impressed by the generousity the class has shown to the History Department and the Academy over many years.
Take care . . . and BEAT ARMY!
V. Craig L. Symonds 2011-2012
Our Chair was occupied for the 2011-12 academic year by Craig L. Symonds. Professor Symonds is a Professor Emeritus of American History at the Academy where he taught for 30 years and served as History Department Chair. The first person to win both the Academy's Excellence in Teaching Award and its Excellence in Research Award, he is the author of 12 books, including prize-winning biographies of Joseph E. Johnston, Patrick Cleburne, and Franklin Buchanan as well as The American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg. Besides the Civil War at Sea, his two most recent books are Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History, which won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize in 2006, and Lincoln and his Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, The U. S. Navy, and the Civil War, which won the Barondess Prize, the Laney Prize, the John Lyman Book Award and the Lincoln Prize for 2009.
Any who are familiar with Dr. Symonds’s books or have heard him speak will appreciate how fortunate we are to have secured his services. If the invitation should come to sit in on one of his lectures you’ll want to accept.
VI. James Bradford 2012-2013
Our Chair was occupied for the 2012-2013 academic year by James C. Bradford. His resume is posted below.
Michigan State University, B.A., 1967; M.A., 1968 University of Virginia, Ph.D., 1976
FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION: Naval & Maritime History; American Revolution and
Early National Eras
1981-Present Texas A&M University, Associate Professor: Teach Maritime History and Sea Power, American Sea Power, Age of Jefferson, Colonial America, World War II, and U.S. to 1877
1995-1997 Air War College, Visiting Professor: Taught Strategy, Doctrine and Air Power, World War II, and U.S. Naval History
1973-1981 United States Naval Academy, Assistant Professor: Taught Naval History: Ancient to the Modern World, Colonial America, U.S. 1763-1840, Western Civilization.
John Paul Jones: A Biography
A Companion to American Military History, ed. Blackwell, forthcoming, 2009.
International Encyclopedia of Military History, 2 vols., ed. Routledge, 2006.
Atlas of American Military History, ed. Oxford University Press, 2003.
Quarterdeck and Bridge: Two Centuries of American Naval Leaders, ed.
Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1997.
Conflict Between Cultures: The Military Dimension, ed. Texas A&M University
Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War & Its Aftermath, ed .Naval
Institute Press, 1993.
Admirals of the New Steel Navy: Makers of the American Naval Tradition,
1880-1930, ed. Naval Institute Press, 1990. Chinese language ed., 1998.
Captains of the Old Steam Navy: Makers of the American Naval Tradition,
1840-1880, ed. Naval Institute Press, 1986.
Professor Bradford's Report on 2012-2013 Activities
This has been a most enjoyable and beneficial experience for me and I believe for many of the midshipmen with whom I worked. Highlights of the year include:
Fall 2012: HH 104: American Naval History
HH 386C: World War II
Spring 2013: HH 104: American Naval History
HH 486B: The War of 1812
History Department Participation:
Attendance at HH104 “Charm School” (and leading two sessions) during which instructors discuss strategies for teaching the course, potential assignments, themes to be developed, etc. confirmed my belief that there exists a need for a textbook designed specifically for the course. I have subsequently outlined the concept for “America, Sea Power, and the World,” design a table of contents with “sidebars” on naval officers and technological developments for each of the twenty two chapters, engage authors (drawn from department instructors and Class of 1957 Chairholders), and submit a proposal to the Naval Institute Press.
Other activities include attending department “Works in Progress” sessions, reading book manuscripts for two colleagues, consulting with the Naval History Symposium Committee concerning session chairs, and discussing a variety of topics within the profession with colleagues.
One of the manuscripts that I read was by Jon Hendrickson, the Class of 1957 Fellow. It was his dissertation on naval power in the Mediterranean in the decades before World War I. I advised him to make some revisions to prepare it for submission to a publisher then asked him to submit it for publication in a series that I co-edit for the Naval Institute Press. Hendrickson did so, I wrote a formal evaluation for the press, suggested outside reviewers, and Hendrickson has been issued a contract for publication. Based on my assessment of his manuscript and conversations concerning history and teaching, I have written several letters of recommendation to support his job applications.
Naval Academy Service:
Member of the program committee for the “From Enemies to Allies: An International Conference on the War of 1812 and its Aftermath” hosted by the Academy, 12-15 June 2013 under the sponsorship of the Naval Academy, the Naval History and Heritage Command, and the Star Spangled 200 Commission of the State of Maryland. Gene Smith, my successor as the Class of 1957 Chair in Naval Heritage; Andrew Gordon, who held the chair, 2009-2011; and I each chaired a panel at the conference, plus each of them presented a paper.
Member of the group planning an interdisciplinary course on the War of 1812 for academic year 2013-2014.
“The War of 1812 in the Pacific” to the Guides and Staff at the Naval Academy Museum
“The War of 1812 at Sea” to the Ashby Ponds History Club
“Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands: Turning Point in the Pacific War” Garfield Association
Miscellaneous Professional Activities:
Reviewed three books for scholarly journals in which I was identified as a Naval Academy faculty member; evaluated manuscripts for two academic publishers, and chaired the Endowment Committee of the North American Society for Oceanic History which presented recommenda- tions that were adopted at the organization’s annual meeting-conference in May 2013.
Continued working with graduate students at Texas A&M University, my home institution, including administering PhD qualifying examinations to four students, evaluating one M.A. thesis and two PhD dissertations including an oral defense of each, and conducting dissertation proposal defense conferences with two PhD candidates.
VI(a) 2012-2013 Academic Year Fellowship in Naval History - Mr. Jon Hendrickson
Jon Hendrickson earned his BA in History with Honors from Williams College in 2004 and his MA in History from Ohio State University in 2007; he is scheduled to receive the PhD in Military History and Modern Europe from Ohio State in June 2012. His dissertation, “‘We Are Now a Mediterranean Power’: Austria-Hungary, Italy, France, Great Britain, and the Race for Mediterranean Dominance, 1904-1914,” deals with the rivalry among the regional maritime powers following the Royal Navy’s decision to deploy all Dreadnought-class battleships to Scapa Flow. By focusing on the almost wholly overlooked naval relationship between Austria-Hungary and Italy, Hendrickson argues that the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was a product neither of entangling alliances, arms races, nor rigid war plans, but rather a truly singular, unpredictable event that upset and reversed
recent international trends.
Highly recommended as a uniquely promising scholar, Jon intends to use the Class of 57 Fellowship to further his research and transform his dissertation into a manuscript for publication.
Mr. Hendrickson submitted the below report on his year as our Research Fellow in Naval History to our Class Prez. It is published here in order that all might have a better idea as to what our Class Gift is producing.
Class of 1957 Postdoctoral Fellow In Naval History
Jon Hendrickson, 2012-13
My year as the Class of 1957 Postdoctoral Fellow was a great success on many levels. In the area of research, I prepared my dissertation, "'We are Now a Mediterranean Power': Naval Competition and Great Power Competition in the Mediterranean, 1905-1914," for publication, and it has just been accepted by the Naval Institute. They plan to publish it in the Spring of 2014, bringing that project to a close a hundred years after the events it described came to an end. The contacts I've made at the Naval Academy, in particular, the Class of 1957 Chair, James Bradford, have been instrumental in the success of this project. I have also conducted research on a pair of events that I encountered while writing my dissertation. The first, the court martial of Admiral Ernest Troubridge, forms the focal point of an article that I am currently in the process of rewriting. The basis of this rewrite came after the terrifically constructive criticism I received from the Department's Works in Progress forum. The help I received there set me on a very productive path. I also used the time granted by the fellowship to get my ducks in a row on another article -- that is, reviewing documents, looking into secondary literature, and other work -- on the role the Mediterranean played in the policies laid down by Theophile Delcasse, a French statesman that served as both the Foreign Minister and Naval Minister in the early 20th Century. And, most recently, James Bradford asked me to contribute a chapter to "America, Sea Power and the World," detailing how the US Navy reacted to the European naval races of the early 20th Century.
I also had the opportunity to teach two new classes. In the fall, I taught a group of fresh plebes the History of the US Navy, which was a terrific experience. In addition to the challenge of teaching a new class, which is always a challenge I enjoy, I got to watch a class of young people adapting to their new environment and learn how to fit themselves into the world of the Academy. It was an entertaining class, and I hope the plebes learned as much as I did. In the spring, I taught an upper division class on the First World War, which focused mostly on military history. In this class, I had the opportunity to, for the first time, teach history majors. This was another great experience for me, especially when one considers that the majority of my students were First Class Midshipmen, wrapping up their time at the Academy and preparing to enter the Fleet or the Marines. I was surprised by the lack of "senioritis," the disease that usually affects people in the last term of their college career. The class was pretty lively and interested in the subject, and any slowness was a result of my inexperience. I took the opportunity to try a new method of teaching a course, turning over a great deal of the class to students and allowing them and their research to drive the class, rather than writing a series of lectures. I learned a great deal from the class, and, if I have the opportunity to teach it again, those students will benefit from the hard work and lessons I learned from the Mids in that class.
Overall, my experience here at the Academy this year is not one I would trade for any other. Professionally, my research and teaching have improved dramatically since my arrival. Personally, I had a great time and made new friends in the faculty, and I look forward to seeing how the careers of the Mids I taught unfold. I had the opportunity to take in several sporting events -- particularly football games, but some boxing and basketball, too -- and see a little of life outside the classroom and Bancroft for Midshipmen. While only time will tell if I'll do the Class of 1957 proud by being the first Class Fellow in Naval History, I can safely say that I'll never forget the time their support gave me here in Annapolis.
VII. 2013-2014 Professor Gene Allen Smith
Born and raised in North Alabama, Gene grew up on a small farm that raised cattle, and grew corn and soybeans. With such a background it was no surprise that he wanted to be a veterinarian. Fortunately a college course in chemistry put him on the path to becoming a historian. Gene completed both his undergraduate (BA 1984) and graduate training (MA 1987, PhD 1991) in history at Auburn University (WAAAAR EAGLE!!! Inserted by WebMeister!!) in Auburn, Alabama. Studying early American history, he wrote a dissertation on the politics of the Jeffersonian gunboat program and then spent three years teaching at Montana State University-Billings. Since arriving at TCU during the fall of 1994, Gene has been teaching U.S. survey history and undergraduate and graduate level courses on early American history. He is currently serving as the Director of the Center for Texas Studies, and holds a joint appointment with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History as the Curator of History.
Gene's major publications include the following books: The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Nexus of Empire: Negotiating Loyalty and Identity in the Revolutionary Borderlands, 1760s-1820s (University Press of Florida, 2010); A British Eyewitness at the Battle of New Orleans: The Memoir of Royal Navy Admiral Robert Aitchison, 1808-1827 (Historic New Orleans Collection, 2004); Thomas ap Catesby Jones: Commodore of Manifest Destiny (Naval Institute Press, 2000); a revised and updated edition of Arsène Lacarrière Latour's, Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana, 1814-15: With an Atlas (The Historic New Orleans Collection and the University Press of Florida, 1999); Filibusters and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821, with Frank L. Owsley, Jr., (University of Alabama Press, 1997); Iron and Heavy Guns: Duel Between the "Monitor" and "Merrimac", (McWhiney Foundation Press, 1996); and, "For the Purpose of Defense": The Politics of the Jeffersonian Gunboat Program (University of Delaware Press, 1995). He is presently working on a study of the Battle of New Orleans, as well as an American military history textbook. Additionally, Gene has received internal research awards from Montana State University-Billings and TCU, as well as fellowships from the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Virginia Historical Society, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Gene is an active member of several organizations, most notably the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic-currently acting as the organization's Treasurer-and the North American Society for Oceanic History. He is also the co-editor of the Naval Institute Press’s book series “New Perspective on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology,” and editor of the University Press of Florida book series “Contested Boundaries.” Married to Tracy, they have one son and two dogs (Mini & Archie); Gene's hobbies include watching sports (since I am no longer able to participate), cooking (as I still like to eat), traveling, and gardening.
Professor Smith’s Report on 2013-2014 Activities
This academic year has been enjoyable and I truly benefitted from the experience, despite the hardships I encountered. The Class of 1957 was truly welcoming and made this an incredible experience for me. My frustration stems from the Department of Defense budget restrictions, the government shut down in October 2013, and a winter that resulted in too many canceled classes. Neither the Class of 1957 nor the History Department could do anything about these situations. Despite these setbacks, my highlights of the year include:
HH 104: American Naval History (18 Students)
HH 346: The American Revolution and the Early Republic, 1760-1820 (18 Students)
HH 104: American Naval History (18 students)
HH 462B: The War of 1812 (12 students)
Midshipmen as Students
I have spent the last twenty years teaching at an exclusive private university in Texas (TCU) where we have generally affluent and moderately bright students. In this environment, I can expect students to work hard to succeed, and push them with additional assignments when I find them slacking or not reading. I found that was not an option here at USNA; a midshipman suggested to me that once I provided them with the syllabus, they allocated their time and schedule based on the assignments for all of their classes. When I made an additional assignment, they were frustrated and the quality of their work lapsed. I also learned that I had to reduce the number of pages for the weekly reading assignments.
I did assign several out-of-class writing projects, e.g., term paper, short essays based on reading, etc., which has also become required in all history classes. I found that their writing, while technically sound, did lack creativity and did not have the base of research that I generally expect. Students too frequently think they can do all of their research online, even when I arranged a library/archives tour to show them the base of materials at their fingertips. If my students at TCU do not do the primary research necessary in a paper, their grade will be adversely affected; had I done the same here at USNA, many of the students most likely would have failed the course. Additionally, I gave essay exams, providing them a list of essay prompts before the test and again they did not provide quality answers. From what one midshipman mentioned to me, they balance their effort across classes and as a result sometimes put less effort into an individual class so they can improve in another class.
It is somewhat difficult to compare midshipmen with students at Texas Christian University. TCU is about 60% female, and my classes often have 60-70% women. Here at USNA, I had only four female students the entire year—three in my fall HH104, and one in my fall HH346. I am convinced that having women in class creates an environment of civility and usually drives male students to perform better. My Naval History was a plebe class taught to sections of 18 at the Academy, while my freshman survey American History classes at TCU often have as many as 40. The enrollments in my upper division courses were 18 during the fall and 12 during the spring, and included students from disciplines across the yard; my upper level TCU classes are approximately the same size. In these classes, the midshipmen performed a bit lower on exams, but did better on out-of-class writing assignments. Although they do not conduct deep research, they know how to write papers because they have done more research papers than TCU students. I also believe USNA history students received more feedback from their professors on those papers than TCU students receive. This attention is a result of the dedication of Academy faculty to working closely with every student while at TCU contact between undergraduate students and faculty members depends more on the student seeking out the instructor to discuss research materials and comments on papers returned.
One of the most revealing things, USNA history majors do not take as many advanced history courses as TCU history majors. Students who enroll in my TCU American Revolution class may have also taken classes in British, French, Spanish or Latin American history of the period. This breadth, created by the numbers of hours required by the major, give TCU students a stronger background in the subject field than midshipmen.
In conclusion, I find that the midshipmen are bright but are often weak in history, geography, and current events. They are willing to work, but often no harder than necessary given their other assignments. They also appreciate special attention, support, and encouragement. Finally, they will rise to new levels of expectation when presented with the challenge.
History Department Participation:
Attendance at HH104 “Charm School” (and leading one session) during which instructors discuss strategies for teaching the course, potential assignments, themes to be developed, etc. This proved beneficial to me and to the other rotational officers. Based on my wide reading in American history, I was often able to provide broader context for Naval History.
Other activities include attending department “Works in Progress” sessions, reading article manuscripts for two colleagues, serving on the student prize committee, and on the committee to select the 2014-15 Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair in Naval Heritage.
One of the great advantages of this position is that because it does not involve any serious administrative or committee duties, the Chair holder can work on their scholarship, and present a number of public addresses where I was introduced as the Class of 1957 chair holder. Among these public addresses were the following:
1. McMullen Keynote Address on Naval History: “Brown Water, Blue Water: The Naval Battle for New Orleans.” McMullen Naval History Symposium, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, September 19-21, 2013.
2. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” to the Capital Historical Society, Washington, D.C., May 21, 2014.
3. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” to the Friends of the Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland, May 12, 2014.
4. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” for the First Saturday Program at Andersonville National Historic Site, Andersonville, Georgia, May 3, 2014.
5. Presentation, “British Destruction in the Chesapeake: The War of 1812,” to the Historical Society of Kent County, Chestertown, Maryland, April 25, 2014.
6. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” to the Historical Society of Kent County, Georgetown, Maryland, April 24, 2014.
7. VADM Ralph L. and Frances Shifley Lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum: “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812.” Annapolis, Maryland, April 23, 2014.
8. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” at Sotterley Plantation, Solomon’s Island, Maryland, April 13, 2014.
9. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” at the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, April 8, 2014.
10. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, April 7, 2014.
11. Keynote Address, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” at the FSU History Graduate Student Conference, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, March 29, 2014.
12. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, March 27, 2014.
13. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” at Gunston Hall, Mason Neck, Virginia, March 9, 2014.
14. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812” at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, February 18, 2014.
15. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides During the War of 1812” to the Department of History, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, November 25, 2013.
16. Chiles Florida History Lecture: “The Slaves’ Gamble” Choosing Sides During the War of 1812,” at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, November 21, 2013.
17. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides During the War of 1812” to the Alexandria Historical Society, Alexandria, Virginia, October 23, 2013.
18. Presentation, “First Great American Victory: New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, and a New United States” to the Michigan War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission’s “Remember the Forgotten Conflict: Reflections of the War of 1812” Conference, Detroit, Michigan, October 14, 2013.
19. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides During the War of 1812” to the 17th National War of 1812 Symposium, Baltimore, Maryland, October 5, 2013.
20. Banner Lecture: “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides During the War of 1812” at the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia, September 4, 2013.
21. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides During the War of 1812” to the St. Michaels Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland, August 24, 2013.
22. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides During the War of 1812” to the Niagara Historical Society, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, August 15, 2013.
23. Presentation, “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides During the War of 1812” to the USS Constitution and the War of 1812 National Endowment for the Humanities, Landmarks of American History and Culture Teacher Education Workshop, Boston, Massachusetts, August 7, 2013.
24. Presentation, The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 to the Southern Maryland School District Social Studies Teachers, Solomon’s Island, Maryland, August 5, 2013.
25. Presentation, The Slaves’ Gamble: The British attack against St. Michaels, Maryland at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland, July 27, 2013.
In addition to these many public presentations, I secured a contract for my co-authored U.S. military history textbook with Oxford University Press, which will have a naval dimension unlike many military textbooks. In my proposal I included an acknowledgement to the Class of 1957 and to my position as Chairholder; I will repeat this claim when the book is published, most likely during the fall of 2016. I also completed several book chapters and a magazine article on the September 1814 British naval attack against Fort Bowyer on Mobile Bay.
I truly enjoyed working with those colleagues in the History Department whom I only knew by their reputation. I am very impressed with the scholarship and commitment of this group. The USNA History Department is a high-energy, dedicated, professional group of scholars and teachers who take their work seriously without taking themselves seriously. With remarkably few exceptions, there is a genuine sense of a shared mission within this department that is too often absent in departments elsewhere. I am honored to have been part of this academic family for the last ten months.
In addition, I enjoyed meeting and getting to know several members of the Class of 1957. I was able to attend two class luncheons, and attended a class tailgates during football season. Unfortunately, no class members were able to visit my classes during the year.
Miscellaneous Professional Activities:
Reviewed seven books for scholarly journals, published four on-line articles for the National Park Service, and evaluated three manuscripts for academic publishers. Additionally, I served as Vice President of the North American Society for Oceanic History and as Treasure of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
I continued working with graduate students at TCU, my home institution, including administering PhD qualifying examinations to one student, serving on the examination committee of one student, and reading dissertation chapters for one of my advisees and another student. Graduate students seem to find you wherever you go.
Finally, I want to thank the Class of 1957 for its generosity. The creation and funding of this Chair, and of the Post-doctorate Fellowship, have made, and will continue to make, a meaningful and substantial contribution to the Naval Academy’s academic excellence.
Gene Allen Smith
VIII. 2014-2015 Professor William F. Trimble
Doctor William F. Trimble of Auburn University was the holder of our Chair of Naval Heritage for the Academic Year 2014-2015. He submitted the below to our Prez and is published here so that the Class might be aware of the events of the past year.
Academic Year 2014-2015 Final Report (June 2, 2015)
I want to emphasize up front what a pleasure it’s been for me to have the opportunity to work at the Academy and with the service about which I’ve been researching and writing for more than 30 years. On another level, my wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed living in Annapolis. We’ve visited here often over the last couple of decades, so we already knew and liked the place, but staying here for a year has been a special experience that we will always treasure. We’re going to miss the place.
During the year I taught two sections of HH104, History of the U.S. Navy and two sections of HH386F, History of Naval Aviation. All of the sections were full, with 25 students each. I find the interaction with students, especially freshmen, invigorating. The classroom keeps me on my toes and in touch with new generations of students. Naval Academy plebes are across the board better students than freshmen at Auburn, but the best students at the Academy are not better than the best students at Auburn. They’ve just been more self-selected and screened than they are at a major university in the Deep South. I’m also much impressed with the midshipmen’s dedication and commitment to the Navy and the country. To see that among young people makes me confident about the future. There may be the same feelings at Auburn, but they’re much less evident.
I’ve always tried to make history courses broad-brushed exercises in critical thinking, using past events as case studies in problem solving. I hope I accomplished that in my courses at the Academy. I used a discussion approach, which demanded that students read in advance and come to class prepared to participate. It’s always a challenge, and some classes work better than others, but I vastly prefer discussions to lectures, despite what sometimes winds up being uneven coverage of the material. The students also had to do a good deal of writing in both courses—both in class with essay exams and out of class with term papers on specific topics I assigned. I tailored the term paper assignments so that Naval Aviation students, for instance, had to meet higher standards that did the plebes in Naval History. Both courses, but especially HH104, made me think about new ways of approaching my teaching at Auburn. I’ll take back with me ideas about American naval history that I can use in my freshman Technology and Civilization and upper-division World Naval History courses.
I did not have as much time as I would have preferred to work on my book project—a professional biography of Adm. John S. McCain Sr. But I did find time to draft a chapter, and to continue research at the National Archives, Library of Congress, the Nimitz Library, and the Navy History and Heritage Command. I also wrote a chapter for James Bradford’s edited American naval history textbook, which will be adopted by some teaching HH104 next academic year. And I wrote a series of introductions to a Naval Institute history of naval aviation app for Apple I-pads. Last, to keep up with things at home, I helped two Auburn graduate students through their dissertations and the completion of their PhDs.
I found the Academy’s history department and its faculty to be particularly collegial. They welcomed me into the culture of the Academy, freely shared with me their ideas about naval and naval aviation history, critiqued my draft McCain chapter in one of their Works in Progress, and generally made me feel at home both professionally and personally. It was especially satisfying to work closely with Jason Smith, the Class of 1957 postdoc and an exceptionally bright and enthusiastic young scholar.
Finally, let me express my gratitude and thanks to the Class of 1957 for their generosity in making this appointment possible. It has been a truly rewarding professional and personal experience.
Professor Trimble’s most recent book is Hero of the Air: Glenn Curtiss and the Birth of Naval Aviation (Naval Institute Press, 2010). His book Jerome C. Hunsaker and the Rise of American Aeronautics was the winner of the 2003 Gardner-Lasser Award presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for the best book in the history of aeronautics over a five-year period. He is also the author of High Frontier: A History of Aeronautics in Pennsylvania, Wings for the Navy: A History of the Naval Aircraft Factory, Admiral William A. Moffett: Architect of Naval Aviation, and Attack from the Sea: A History of the U.S. Navy's Seaplane Striking Force, among other books and articles. In 2011, he won the Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation History and Literature from the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. He is currently completing a book manuscript on World War II carrier task force commander Adm. John S. McCain, Sr. He served as the History Department chair for two successive terms from 2000 to 2006.
• 1974 PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder
• 1970 MA, University of Colorado, Boulder
• 1969 BA, University of Colorado, Boulder
• Hero of the Air: Glenn Curtiss and the Birth of Naval Aviation (Naval Institute Press, 2010)
• Attack from the Sea: A History of the U.S. Navy's Seaplane Striking Force (Naval Institute Press, 2005)
Jerome C. Hunsaker and the Rise of American Aeronautics (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002)
VIII A 2014-2016 Dr. Jason Wirth Smith - Post Doctoral Research Fellow
No CV available at present.
Herewith his Final Report for Academic Year 2015-2016:
End of Year Report
Jason W. Smith
Class of 1957 Postdoctoral Fellow in Naval History
This year has been productive in terms of scholarship and teaching. I presented my research at two academic conferences. In September 2015, I presented, “Matthew Fontaine Maury: Pathfinder” at the McMullen Naval History Symposium in addition to chairing and commenting on papers from another session. In April 2016, I presented the paper, “Savage Coasts: Hydrographic Illusions and the Boundaries of the U.S. Navy’s ‘Empire of Science and Commerce,’ 1838-1842 at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Both papers were well-received, and I gathered useful feedback as I move forward on my book manuscript from which both of the papers were taken. In October, I received news of an advanced book contract with the University of North Carolina Press, a top academic press in the field of military history, for my book titled Controlling the Great Common: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of American Empire in the Nineteenth Century. The contract was the culmination of nearly two years of extensive revisions, rewrites, and additional research that I conducted while under the fellowship. I completed two journal articles: one on Matthew Fontaine Maury was published in the May issue of The International Journal of Maritime History and the other, about the whaleship Charles W. Morgan, will be published in the September 2016 issue of The New England Quarterly. Finally, I completed an essay chapter titled “War and Environment” for the edited anthology The Routledge History of Global War & Society, which will be published in 2017.
I considered my most important work to be in the classroom. In the fall and spring semesters, I taught each one section of HH104: US Naval History. In the spring semester, I moved away from a paper assignment that centered on analyzing historical examples of tactical leadership in naval combat toward a new assignment, in which students worked in groups to revise and rewrite sections of the Wikipedia.org entry on the Battle of Santiago de Cuba. The entry was not comprehensive, and I took this as an opportunity for the midshipmen to do research that would be digitally published and thus serve to promote knowledge of American naval history in the public domain. It also presented an opportunity to discuss the promises and perils of Wikipedia as a source. I am now taking the last steps toward posting the students’ work to Wikipedia. Altogether, the last fellowship year along with the preceding one provided me the opportunity to take important steps toward the publication and presentation of my scholarship in several forums and to hone new assignments in the classroom, both of which led to an offer of a tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University beginning in the Fall of 2016.
XIX. 2015-2016 Professor Allen David Rosenberg
Dr. David Alan Rosenberg is the Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair of Naval Heritage at
the United States Naval Academy for academic year 2015-2016. He is also a project director
and senior research staff member in the Intelligence Analyses Division of the Institute for
Defense Analyses, where he has worked since July 2006, specializing in projects on East Asian
security and war-fighting, and intelligence lessons-learned.
Born in New York City in 1948, he was educated at The American University (B.A.,
1970, cum laude with Honors in History), and the University of Chicago (M.A., History, 1971;
Ph.D., Military History, With Honors, 1983).
Dr. Rosenberg began working as a naval historian while a freshman at American University.
As a student intern in the Ships’ History Section of the Naval History Division in the Navy
Department on Constitution Avenue in 1966-1968, he wrote more than one hundred ships’
histories for volumes III, IV and V of The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. In 1969
he was a National Science Foundation student researcher for the Naval History Division of the
Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of History and Technology, and in 1970 he collected
the documentary record of the U.S. Army Air Service’s 1924 first Round-The-World Flight for
the National Air and Space Museum.
In 1974, while researching his Ph.D. dissertation on U.S. nuclear strategy and war
planning, 1945-1961, Rosenberg began his public history career, writing the first volume of the
U.S. Navy’s supporting study of U.S. Aircraft Carriers in the Strategic Role for the Office of the
Secretary of Defense History of the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Strategic Arms Competition. Dr. Ernest May,
Harvard University History Department chair, who was one of the directors of the project, called
Rosenberg’s volume “the most helpful of all the supporting studies.” In 1978, May asked
Rosenberg to serve as the historian for the Naval Research Advisory Committee Task Force on
Perspectives in Long Range Planning in the Navy. Rosenberg’s resulting report assisted the
Chief of Naval of Operations in establishing the Long Range Planning Group (Op-00X) in 1980.
Additional historical studies of classified subjects for the Navy have followed, some of which
continue to assist senior leaders in undertaking major strategic initiatives.
Rosenberg’s career has combined academics and government. He was a history professor
at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1976-1978 and the University of Houston in 1982-
1983. He next worked as one of ten senior fellows preparing independent policy reviews and
long-term planning initiatives for the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff at the Strategic Concepts Development Center, National Defense University in 1983-
1985. He subsequently taught Strategy and Policy and Joint Military Operations at the Naval
War College, 1985-1990 and then was a founding faculty member of the Center for the Study of
Force and Diplomacy as a tenured professor at Temple University, 1990-2000.
The first and only Admiral Harry W. Hill Professor of Maritime Strategy at the National
War College in 1996-2003, Rosenberg simultaneously served as a special assistant for long range planning to Vice Chiefs of Naval Operations Admirals Donald J. Pilling and William J. Fallon. In addition, in 2001-2002, Rosenberg served in the Navy Operations Group/DEEP BLUE under then-Rear Admiral James Stavridis in the first year of the war on terrorism. In 2003-2004 he led Task Force History under Vice CNO Fallon capturing the record of Navy operations in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He completed civilian government service as a senior professor at the Naval War College’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies and Fleet Seminar Program detailed to Washington, D.C.
Rosenberg’s articles and monographs on Cold War nuclear and naval history have
received numerous honors and international attention. His article "American Atomic Strategy and the Hydrogen Bomb Decision" in The Journal of American History received the 1980 Binkley-Stephenson Award of the Organization of American Historians as the best scholarly article published in The Journal of American History during 1979 as well as the 1980 Stuart L. Bernath Memorial Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations as the best scholarly article on U.S. diplomatic history published in 1979. His 1983 long essay "The Origins of Overkill: Nuclear Weapons and American Strategy, 1945-1960” in the journal International
Security, received front page coverage in The Washington Post in May 1983 and was among the accomplishments that led to Rosenberg being the only military historian to be awarded a five-year (1988-1993) John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called “genius” award). Rosenberg is also the author of ten articles and book chapters on Admiral Arleigh Burke, Chief of Naval Operations, 1955-1961. A multi-volume collection of the papers of Admiral Burke and the full life and times biography of the admiral are among his current major personal scholarly projects.
Under Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig appointed Rosenberg a member of the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Committee on Naval History in 1995. Elected chair at his first meeting, Rosenberg was twice reappointed and served as chair through 2006. He has also served as a member of the Department of the Navy Declassification Oversight Committee, 1997-2006, as a member of the Board of Directors of Naval Intelligence Professionals, 2003-2012 and as member of the Committee on the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Book Prize in Naval History, 2009-2012. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Naval Historical Foundation, and has served as Chair and Moderator of the Submarine History Annual Seminar for the U.S. Naval Submarine League since 2013.
Rosenberg received the Navy Meritorious Public Service Award in 1995 for his work on
nuclear strategy and arms control, and the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal from CNO
ADM Vern Clark in 2000 for contributing to a “renaissance of strategic thinking on the Navy
Rosenberg received his Direct Commission as Ensign in the Selected Reserve in January
1982 and served as an intelligence officer until his retirement as a Captain in August 2010. His
early reserve assignments included mobilization to the Persian Gulf Branch of the Joint Staff in
1991 working for the Vice Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff during Operation DESERT STORM,
In 1994, the Director of Naval Intelligence, RADM Ted Sheafer, directed LCDR Rosenberg lead the Operational Intelligence Lessons-Learned Project at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington. This project resulted in a 1998 flag-level symposium, two articles, and the 2005 Naval Institute Press book, The Admirals’ Advantage that Rosenberg edited and coauthored with principal author LCDR Christopher Ford. The Admirals’ Advantage was reprinted as a paperback and E-book in 2014, with a new foreword by Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations.
Following the 9/11 terror attacks, Rosenberg became operations officer of ONI 0566, the
largest all-Navy reserve intelligence unit ever created with over 210 personnel supporting ONI’s
Intelligence Directorate. After serving as executive officer in 2002, he took command in 2003,
and led ONI 0566 to the 2004 Captain George O’Connell, Jr. Award from Commander, Navy
Reserve Intelligence Command, as outstanding large unit. In 2005 CAPT Rosenberg became the first Assistant Commander of ONI for Strategic Planning and Mobilization Readiness. As ONI’s senior reservist he was responsible for linking reserve mobilization readiness with contingency planning. In 2007-2009, he commanded ONI 0466 in support of ONI’s Collections Office and CNO N2 International Programs, and was also Officer- in-Charge of a Special Analysis Project for the Director of Naval Intelligence and ONI’s Farragut Technical Analysis Center. His last reserve assignment prior to retirement was as the ONI China Senior Intelligence Officer-Reserve. He has completed all qualification requirements for Information Dominance Officer designation.
Rosenberg’s active duty service included five tours at sea as assistant and acting carrier
battle group intelligence officer and Fleet/Joint Task Force assistant chief of staff for intelligence
in major Fleet and NATO exercises with Commander Carrier Group Four, Commander, Cruiser-
Destroyer Group Eight and Commander Third Fleet; a special project for Commander, US
Submarine Force; Deputy Director of the ONI Futures Group during Operations NOBLE
EAGLE and ENDURING FREEDOM; Special Assistant to Commander, Pacific
Fleet/Commander Joint Task Force 519 for Exercises TERMINAL FURY 03, 04 and 05 and
Senior Mentor for Commander 7th Fleet N2 in Exercises TERMINAL FURY 09 and 10.
Rosenberg’s personal military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious
Service Medal (three), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four), and Navy and
Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two).
Married to Dr. Deborah L. Haines, Dr. Rosenberg has one adult daughter and lives in
Dr. Rosenberg's Final Report follows:
Department of History
United States Naval Academy
Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair of Naval Heritage for 2015-2016
Final Report of Activities
David Alan Rosenberg, Ph.D.
When Professor Robert Love called me on 8 April 2015 to offer me the 2015-2016 Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair, the offer satisfied a long-standing ambition to test my knowledge and teaching abilities against Naval Academy midshipmen. It had been two decades since I had last taught an undergraduate course, however. Instead, I had taught graduate students at Temple University from 1990 through 2000 (where I supervised four doctoral dissertations) and the University of Maryland (where I served on the dissertation committees of two USNA History Department Permanent Military Professors), and I served as the Admiral Harry Hill Professor of Maritime Strategy at the National War College from 1996-2003 where my students and advisees included the current Chief of Naval Operations and two current four-star Combatant Commanders. The challenge of teaching naval history to late millennial midshipmen, who were not even school-age on September 11, 2001, was indeed significant, yet ultimately proved exceptionally satisfying and rewarding.
The call from Professor Love came too late in the academic year for my teaching schedule to be included in fall semester 2015 registration. As I result, I could not follow the usual semester assignment of the Class of 1957 Chair, teaching one section of HH104, American Naval History, for plebes, and one section of a naval history-related elective course for upper-classmen. Instead, I taught two sections of HH104 in fall 2015 and two different upper-class electives in spring 2016. My contract was arranged through my parent institution, the Intelligence Analyses Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. I am most appreciative of the willingness of my division director at IDA, retired RADM Rick Porterfield, to support my acceptance of this appointment. The contract between USNA and IDA took additional time to finalize and so I was not able to get started on full-time preparations for teaching until early August, three weeks before classes started.
Despite the late start, the USNA History Department was most supportive in helping me regain my footing as an undergraduate professor. The chair, CAPT C.C. Felker, set me up with a Tuesday-Thursday teaching schedule both semesters, with my first class in Period 9, (1055-1110) and second in Period 10, (1330-1445). It was a great help not having a Period One class at 0755 Monday-Wednesday-Friday, particularly since I undertook an 80 mile round-trip commute from my home in Arlington, Virginia. Given the shortage of parking on the Yard due to the closing of the club parking lot for garage construction, I usually arrived at the Naval Academy no later than 0715 on the two to four days each week I made the trip. Despite storms and a major blizzard, I only had to cancel one class section the entire academic year, and this one was a result of illness. A number of history faculty, particularly CAPT Felker, CAPT Jeff Macris, CDRs Chris Rentfrow and Davin O’Hora, Professors Fred Harrod, Ernest Tucker, Richard Abels, Miles Yu, Marcus Jones and Nancy Ellenberger, and the Class of 1957 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Jason Wirth Smith were most generous with their time and advice.
As noted, teaching late millennials was a considerable initial challenge. This was compounded by the fact that I was teaching two sections of first semester Plebes, who the dean of faculty characterized to me as a “whole different species” from other midshipmen. These freshmen were struggling to adapt not just to college but to life as a prospective officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. Their distractions were many, including Calculus I and Chemistry I, sports, and military discipline. The unique environment of Bancroft Hall offered additional challenges as I learned from History colleagues and midshipmen that I was contending with long-standing midshipmen study guides to HH104 that often abbreviated or were mistaken about information I was trying to convey in my sections. The three greatest challenges, however, were (1) the multiple requirements that HH104 was expected to meet (introduction to college history; remedial education in U.S. history; remedial education in the origins and course of American wars and conflicts; and introduction to U.S. naval history); (2) the lack of common cultural reference points (movies, television, music, books) between the Plebes and the professor which made the use of helpful analogies difficult; and most important, (3) the significant lack of preparation in either American or World History as well as geography on the part of 40-60 percent of the 29 midshipmen in my two sections. I was surprised and distressed at the gaps in basic knowledge I found myself working to fill in.
As a retired Captain (Special Duty, Intelligence) in the Navy Reserve, I fell back on the intelligence officer’s briefing standby—PowerPoint slides—to serve both as a teaching tool and also as a midshipman reference. Each lecture was filled with pictures and maps as well as a slide containing critical conceptual takeaways, and a list of names, ships, battles and other and events that might be asked about on examinations. Professor Fred Harrod provided me with a map exercise that I handed out early on and then gave a quiz based on it in order to strengthen geographical knowledge. I posted all my lectures on Blackboard in the Academy MIDS IT system after I had given them, occasionally amending them to ensure that points that were not fully discussed in class were better covered. Davin O’Hora and Jason Smith generously shared slides they had used in teaching the course. This meant that I had a successful foundation of both images and ideas on which to build. I also followed CDR Chris Rentfrow’s approach to assignments (two hour examinations, a journal article review, a biographical research paper and a comprehensive final examination) which generally worked well. Despite the many dimensions of the course noted above, I particularly emphasized the importance of administration and organization, the Navy’s evolving missions, the critical role of technology, and the important but often neglected significance of command, control and, intelligence. I also made sure that I left two to three weeks in each section to cover the period 1945-2010, allowing me to make use of my experience and deep expertise in Cold War and post-Cold War naval history.
The Fall Semester generally ended well. Teaching evaluations were positive (Midshipmen teaching evaluations of my teaching numbered 13 Excellent, 12 Good, 2 Fair and 2 Poor) but what was most satisfying was that almost all the Plebes, including about a quarter of each class that had gotten D’s or F’s at six or 12 week grade reporting had improved enough to get B’s and C’s. Some, who did well on papers, still struggled to write coherent essays for the final exam but most significantly improved. One of the midshipmen even signed up to be a history major.
Unfortunately, one Plebe, an aspiring Marine officer, who had struggled through the semester, decided to almost wholly plagiarize his biographical research paper on General John Lejeune from readily identifiable online sources. After the department Honor faculty representative, CDR O’Hora, and I confronted him with the abundant evidence (he had ignored the readings I had given him, provided inappropriate citations for sources and then reprinted the Wikipedia entry on General Lejeune and an online Marine Corps Gazette article on Lejeune’s leadership essentially verbatim without citations), he had difficulty understanding and admitting to what he had done. As a result of this plagiarism charge, I had the opportunity to experience the Midshipman Honor System first hand. I was most impressed with the system’s rigorous, objective approach to the case and the performance of individual midshipmen investigating the charges and the court proceedings that led to the midshipman charged being found guilty and referred to the Commandant.
During the spring semester, I taught two entirely new upper-level history electives, neither of which had apparently ever been done at the Naval Academy before. Both were courses I had desired to build and teach for some time. The basic approach to teaching I employed in both courses was to emphasize reading and writing using primary sources as well as cutting edge secondary works as required and recommended readings, and presenting two oral reports in class, one on a cutting edge monograph and the other on a recently declassified document, both chosen from a list in the syllabus, followed by a written report numbering no more than 2-3 single-spaced pages. The other writing requirements were a short research paper based on primary sources, and a multi-part single question take-home final examination. In-class presentations by midshipmen were designed to spark both competition and discussion, which the instructor would use as context for emphasizing specific historical points.
The first course, HH386G, War at Sea in the Nuclear Age, was essentially a naval history of the Cold War focusing on three fundamental themes: the impact of nuclear weapons on warfare, especially naval warfare; the impact of nuclear propulsion particularly in attack and ballistic missile submarines (SSNs and SSBNs) in the U.S., British and Soviet navies; and the relationship of both nuclear weapons and nuclear propulsion to the development of naval tactics, operations and strategy with particular emphasis on the creation of the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Strategy in the 1980s. Eight midshipmen took this course and it was run as a colloquium where only a few instructor lectures were presented. Midshipmen presentations took up about thirty percent of class time with guided discussions taking up most of the rest. Four guests spoke to the course: retired VADM Jim Sagerholm and CAPT Jack O’Connell, both from the USNA Class of 1952, spoke on their experiences in submarines, to include Cold War attack submarines including SSNs and diesel boats, Regulus cruise missile submarines and the first generation of American SSBNs; prolific author Norman Polmar spoke on Surprise in the Cold War, looking at the many ways the Soviet Union surprised U.S. intelligence and the U.S. Navy; and retired RADM Thomas Brooks, Director of Naval Intelligence, 1988-1991, spoke on how naval intelligence helped make the Maritime Strategy of the 1980s possible. Midshipmen course evaluations were most satisfying, with seven grades of Excellent and one Good. Most satisfying was midshipmen performance, all A’s and B’s. It was clear from class discussion and the evaluations that this intensive engagement with the formerly classified details of modern naval operations and strategy was a revelation to the entire class.
The second course was HH386H, History of Naval Intelligence and Information Dominance. This course looked at the evolution of intelligence in the 20th century, with emphasis on World War II and the Cold War. While required readings focused on intelligence in support of naval operations and strategy and on communications and the command and control of naval forces, the course itself put naval intelligence into the larger context of the history of U.S., British and Soviet national intelligence. Midshipmen oral presentations took up about half the class time because eighteen midshipmen chose to stick with the course despite its heavy reading and writing requirements. This resulted in thirty-six oral reports (half on cutting edge monographs on intelligence history, half on recently declassified documents from the Navy, the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Central Intelligence Agency and National Intelligence Estimates). Rather than informal presentations as in HH386G, midshipmen in this class found that Powerpoint presentations better organized their thoughts. This resulted in a impressive collection of briefings that were later used as source material for final examination citations. There were three guest speakers: Norman Polmar spoke on his book on Project AZORIAN, the CIA operation to raise a Soviet missile submarine from the North Pacific in the 1970s; RADM Tom Brooks repeated his lecture given in HH386G on how naval intelligence helped make the Maritime Strategy of the 1980s possible; and retired RADM Rick Porterfield, USNA 1972, Director of Naval Intelligence, 2000-2005, spoke on how 9/11, the War on Terror and the U.S. wars in Southwest Asia changed naval intelligence. This class was composed on nine first class midshipmen, eight second-class midshipmen, and one third class midshipman. As graduation drew closer, a number of the first class midshipmen turned their attention elsewhere, resulting in less engagement and declining grades. Final grades were still approximately half A’s and half B’s although two C’s were assigned to first classmen who clearly would have done much better if they had remained engaged. Midshipman teaching evaluations were most satisfying: sixteen of eighteen midshipman completed evaluations; fourteen gave the course an evaluation of Excellent (one midshipman crossed out “Excellent” and wrote “Extraordinary”) while two gave the course an evaluation of “Fair” because of all the reading. A good number of the evaluations were extremely positive, noting that the intelligence course was both unique and immensely valuable as a professional resource preparing them for their commissioned service.
Second semester challenges teaching upper classmen (other than disengaged first classmen noted above) were twofold. First, most midshipmen in both courses did not remember very much naval history from HH104. Remedial lectures on war at sea in World War I and the Battle of the Atlantic and World War II in the Pacific were needed as refresher sessions to put discussion of World War II intelligence into larger context in HH386H. Second, in both classes there was a clear lack of familiarity with the history of the Cold War, to include its causes and its course. Lectures reviewing Cold War history were needed to get discussion started and to put specific issues covered in both HH386G and HH386H in context. That said, it was very clear that the upper-class midshipmen in these two courses had developed serious academic skills. Most could write well (although some volunteered for extra instruction to improve and tighten their work). All had learned to manage their time well and had strong independent streaks in approaching research and argument. This generally worked well although in a number of cases in each class, grades and learning would have improved if the midshipmen had chosen to discuss subjects and sources for their short research papers with the instructor in advance. About half the midshipmen in each course were history majors. Leaving aside the issues noted above recalling HH104 naval history and Cold War history, it was clear from presentations, papers and class discussions that the Naval Academy History Department had served them well, giving them the writing, research and critical thinking skills necessary to study the past so as to be able, as one midshipmen subsequently wrote me “to read to dispel misconceptions and/or gain a true understanding of the culture of a people (or the subject of interest) in order to accomplish your goals in a more efficient manner than through trial and error.” This foundation made teaching my upper class section in the spring a true pleasure.
The Naval Academy is a teaching institution and I found that a great deal of my time during the ten months of my tour as Class of 1957 Chair was taken up preparing my three courses. I nevertheless had time to undertake the following research and writing activities:
• The 2015 McMullen Naval History Symposium Keynote Address “The Darkening Horizons of U.S. Naval History.” This address was presented on 17 September 2015 and is in the process of revision for publication in the proceedings of the 2015 Naval Academy History Symposium. It covered five areas: the teaching of naval history in U.S. colleges, universities and graduate institutions; naval museums; archives, manuscripts and libraries; published collections of documents and bibliographies; and the recent (since 1994) historiography of U.S. naval history. It concluded with a series of questions historians might ask to move American naval history toward the complexity and intellectual sophistication argued for by major scholars in the field. The conclusions I presented in September 2015 still hold, namely that naval history in the United States is “showing signs of increased maturity in a number of areas in terms of innovative monographs and syntheses, but that [American naval historians] may find [themselves] an endangered species. Very few schools and colleges offer courses in naval history or treat it as a serious intellectual endeavor. The number of graduate students in naval history in the United States is declining, and even though there is a growing number of American students writing naval history-related doctoral dissertations abroad, particularly in the UK, the number of jobs teaching or writing naval history appears to be shrinking, making it difficult for the profession to replenish itself, much less to engage in vigorous new growth. Furthermore, anxieties and legislation governing records declassification, combined with Navy-specific implementation of those controls, have resulted in the declassification effort, launched with great success forty years ago by the Nixon administration and continued under both Republican and Democratic administrations, being so paralyzed in the Navy, that its archives have been all but closed to academic researchers for much of the last decade. Unable to gain access to more than half a century of original sources, and unable to win recognition and jobs from most civilian academic institutions of higher education, naval historians are more challenged than at any time I can recall. The horizons of American naval history are dark. It will take vision and leadership in academia, the Navy and those institutions that have traditionally given strong support to naval and maritime history, to define and implement actions to remedy the situation.”
• Chair and participant in the 2015 Naval Historical Foundation/Naval Submarine League Submarine History Seminar on “41 for Freedom,” discussing the first generation of U.S. Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs). I prepared a 17 slide PowerPoint presentation on “Polaris: Why, What and How, 1955-1967” to introduce the subject and then was followed by excerpts from a U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs video that I chose and helped edit on “Strategic Submarine Programs Perspective, 1955-1963;” a videotaped talk by Captain Patrick G. O’Keefe, USN (Ret.) with Rear Admiral Millard S. Firebaugh, USN (Ret.) on SSBN Submarine Construction, Maintenance, and Modernization; a videotaped talk by retired Captain James C. Hay, USN on Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Command and Operations; and a live presentation by retired Vice Admiral James A. Sagerholm, USN, on SSBN Command and Operations, Part II. My responsibilities as seminar chair and participant provided dividends to my HH386G course on War at Sea in the Nuclear Age. The seminar is summarized on line at the Naval Historical Foundation website at
• Lecture and paper on Intelligence and Information Warfare in the Modern (Post-1945) U.S. Navy: Needs and Opportunities. The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) requested in late 2014 that I present a lecture and then prepare a paper for subsequent web publication that examines the history and historiography of intelligence and information warfare in the Navy since World War II as part of a series of talks and chapters on the Needs and Opportunities in in U.S. Naval History. I began researching this subject in early 2015 thanks to a divisional research project grant at the Institute for Defense Analyses and continued bibliographic assessment through the academic year 2015-2016. Developing my course HH386H was most helpful in this endeavor. I presented my lecture “Intelligence and Information Warfare in the Modern U.S. Navy: The Missing Dimension” at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy on 8 June 2016 at the very end of my tour as Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair. Comments on my talk were provided by Dr. Michael Warner, Historian of U.S. Cyber Command and former CIA and Director of National Intelligence historian, and retired RADM Thomas Brooks, former Director of Naval Intelligence. My talk covered the contemporary historical roots of and literature on what the Navy defines as Information Warfare (previously Information Dominance), including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cryptology, meteorology and oceanography, uses of space for surveillance and reconnaissance and communications, and general command, control, communications, computers. As a result of the comparative scarcity of historical literature and published sources on the post-WWII history of the subjects noted, I provided a general introduction to the subject and literature on what might be called naval C4ISR as a foundation for understanding developments over the last 70 years. Within the limits of security classification, I also discussed avenues for research, identified potential primary sources to include archives and oral history, and addressed possible obstacles, particularly security issues. My talk concluded that, with the exception of a small number of books, monographs and articles dealing with post-WWII naval intelligence, cryptology, meteorology and oceanography, space and command and control, the cupboard is largely bare and the obstacles to filling it formidable. The talk and extensive bibliography is being revised for online publication by NHHC in fall 2016.
• Research on book, “Sailor: Arleigh Burke and the United States Navy.” One of the reasons I applied for and accepted the Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair was that I hoped to use most of my personal research time to complete research for my full life and times biography of Admiral Arleigh Burke. During the fall of 2015, when the NHHC Archives was still open to visitors, my wife, Dr. Deborah L. Haines and I were able to carry out extensive research in previously classified files relating to Admiral Burke’s immediate post-World War II service, 1946-1955. We were surprised but happy to find that more than 99% of documents in the more than thirty archives boxes were fully declassified, documenting critical subjects related to Burke and the so-called Admirals’ Revolt of 1949, his Korean War service in 1950-1951, his tour as director of Navy Strategic Plans in 1951-1954 including extensive correspondence never before opened on NATO planning in Europe and the Atlantic and Pacific and Asian planning, and his 1954 tour commanding a cruiser division in the Sixth Fleet. The NHHC Archives research room closed for reconstruction in January 2016, however. NHHC Director RADM Sam Cox and History and Archives Division head Greg Martin kindly permitted me to continue research in the secure archives space itself where NHHC archivists Glenn Gray, John Greco and John Hodges were most helpful making available the invaluable transcripts of the meetings in Admiral Burke’s office during his tour as Chief of Naval Operations. The Navy’s declassification review of those files was much less successful than that carried out on his 1946-1954 files. Essentially two thirds of the folders and boxes were “referred” to other federal agencies for review before being released to the public. No such review by other agencies has been completed. None of the files were considered classified by the declassification contractors, but they were not declassified and available for photocopying or other reproduction. My research was slowed to a crawl by the need to use my security clearances at the Institute for Defense Analyses (thanks to my IDA boss, retired RADM Rick Porterfield) to review those files. Despite this setback, the time provided by my Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair appointment was critical to my making significant progress on this major work.
I would like to conclude this report with these final thoughts. The first is to emphasize the importance of midshipmen of engaging with and understanding the last seven decades of U.S. naval history. Most of my upper-classmen told me that their HH104 courses barely got beyond World War II with only the briefest of coverage of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. They found the opportunity to engage in depth with the foundational history of the current U.S. Navy invaluable. My experience teaching HH386G and HH386H engaging the Cold War and after, particularly through the use of recently declassified original documents and government internal histories were fruitful approaches to the subject. Should the Naval Academy History Department decide such an effort should be continued, I herewith offer my services to undertake the teaching of an elective that further refines the approaches to this subject in the upper-level history courses I taught in 2015-2016.
Finally, I want to express my deep appreciation to the Class of 1957 and the Naval Academy History Department for affording me the opportunity to serve as the 2015-2016 Distinguished Chair. I was impressed by the professionalism and commitment demonstrated by the History faculty and very much appreciated their support and friendship and enjoyed my association with them. The experience was challenging but immensely rewarding for me as a teacher and scholar.