2018-2019 Academic Year - Professor Katherine Broome Williams

No full CV is as yet available but below is a short bio and a link to a video that Classmates might find interesting.

Kathleen Broome Williams holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MA from Columbia University and a PhD in military history from the City University of New York. Recently retired she now teaches part time at Holy Names University in Oakland. Her published work includes Secret Weapon: U.S. High-frequency Direction Finding in the Battle of the Atlantic (Naval Institute Press, 1996), Improbable Warriors: Women Scientists and the U.S. Navy in World War II, (Naval Institute Press, 2001) John Lyman award for best book in U.S. Naval History, NASOH, 2001; Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea (Naval Institute Press, 2004), John Lyman award for best biography/autobiography in U.S. Naval History, NASOH, 2004; and The Measure of a Man: My Father, the Marine Corps, and Saipan, (Naval Institute Press, 2013) She lives in Oakland, CA.

You can see her in a lecture about her father, winner of a Navy Cross in the early part of this video

2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Academic Years - Professor Nicolas A. Lambert

Report for 2016-2017

Annual Report to Class of 1957

The Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair in Naval Heritage was established in 2006 as a means of fostering Midshipmen understanding naval heritage and its importance to their profession.

Professor Nicholas A. Lambert was appointed as the tenth chair-holder in August 2016. The following is a report of his activities during the 2016-2017 academic year.

In each term, Professor Lambert taught American Naval history (HH104) to a section of Plebes from the incoming class of 2020. The course examining the antecedents, origins and development of the United States Navy within the framework of America’s growth as a continental and global power, with particular emphasis on the development of naval and maritime strategy. Employing the new textbook edited by James Bradford (the sixth “Class of 1957” chair-holder) and also sponsored by the “Class of 1957”, the midshipmen focused upon three eras: the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Second World War. With respect to the last, the class looked in detail at the development of US Marine Corps doctrine and the assault on Tarawa, and also US naval logistics in the Pacific. The course included a visit to the liberty ship “John W. Brown” in Baltimore Harbor made possible through the generosity of Captain Mike Schneider USN (ret.). Midshipman 4/C Julia Kalshoven, taught by Professor Lambert, and who has elected to double major in Cyber-Studies & History, was awarded the 2017 “Plebe” history prize. (See expanded report on “What We Do” page!)

Teaching such a large and important subject in the space of a single term is a challenge—especially to plebes, who of all the midshipmen have the least time to read or to think. Additionally, most arrive at the Naval Academy with a weak grasp of US and World history, geography, and current events. Too many possess weak writing skills; some are slow to accept their deficiencies or the necessity to invest a portion of their time to improve their writing. None of these shortcomings are insoluble, and with close instruction during the course of the term most midshipmen show considerable improvement—but this remedial instruction in writing can only come at the cost of reducing the time available to teach naval history. The far greater difficulty is persuading midshipmen that instruction in the study of history is a worthwhile topic. There seems little doubt that within the Brigade at large, naval history is viewed as a subject of secondary importance. The key is to awaken (sometimes literally) the innate enthusiasm for the subject possessed by most, while at the same time demonstrating the relevance of what they are being taught for a career in the US Navy. This often means teaching at a higher level than some might consider appropriate, because the principal utility of studying history for an officer is that it trains the brain to handle complexity. But the best of the midshipmen are willing to rise to the challenge, and in so doing draw along in the wake many of the remainder.

To help the plebes develop an appreciation of their naval heritage as well as to impress upon them the importance for naval officers to enhance their understanding of history, Professor Lambert invited two distinguished US Navy officers to give the final lectures of the terms. In the fall, Vice Admiral James Sagerholm (USNA, 1952) spoke of his time during the Korean War on board his first ship, USS Rochester commanded by Captain Richard Philipps. The Admiral enthralled the midshipman with his memories of Captain Philipps, who of course was awarded the Navy Cross for his famous torpedo attack at Surigao Straits on 25 October 1944. During the spring term, Rear Admiral Stuart Munch (USNA, 1985), the current assistant deputy chief of naval operations, instructed the midshipmen on the continuing relevance of history to naval officers in today’s navy, giving them examples from his own extensive operational and staff experience. Again, the midshipmen were spellbound.

In addition to teaching “plebe” naval history, Professor Lambert taught two upper-division (300 level) elective courses. Thanks to the generosity of Claude Berube, the director of the naval academy museum, both classes were held in the museum conference room seated at the table presented by the king of Japan in 1853 to Commodore Mathew C. Perry, flanked by the furniture that used to decorate the captain’s cabin in the USS Constitution.

In the fall, Professor Lambert led a seminar series on “State, Society and the Military from 1789-1945”. This course examined the manner in which changes in the economic, social, and political structures of the European powers, influenced the development of western military institutions (including the United States). This interrelationship between military and naval institutions on the one hand, and alterations in economic, social, political, and international relations structures on the other, in turn provided the basis for the study of strategy, operations, tactics, logistics, and weapons technology.

In the spring, the subject was “Gallipoli 1915: a case study”. The opening question posed the midshipmen was why do politicians sometimes act contrary to the expert opinion of their professional military advisors? This course explored this question through an in-depth look at the infamous British attack at Gallipoli during the First World War, one of the greatest military disasters of the 20th century. The class learned that the reasons for the campaign had little to do with operational concerns and a great deal to do with domestic politics and economic concerns. In a guest lecture, a naval officer who had served on the joint staffs before and during the 2003 invasion

As the “Class of 1957 Chair in Naval Heritage”, Professor Lambert gave two public and one confidential presentations. In September, the Maryland Historical Society invited him to deliver the keynote address at the opening of a new exhibition on the First World War at the Baltimore Maritime Museum. The organizers estimated attendance at over three hundred. In November, Rear Admiral Stephen Parode (US Strategic Command) invited him to present to the Naval Cyber Warfare Development Group on the analogies between economic and cyber warfare. Lastly, in March 2017, Professor Lambert delivered an open lecture in Preble Hall, part of the four lecture series sponsored annually by the VADM Ralph L. and Frances Shifley trust. The subject was ‘Churchill and the Dardanelles campaign’ and incorporated some of his findings to be published in his above-mentioned new book. The museum director reported that the presentation attracted a record audience and was well received.

Like several of his predecessors in the chair, Professor Lambert did not have as much time as he had expected to work on his scholarship. Teaching midshipmen remained the first priority. Before the end of the academic year, he had hoped to complete his manuscript on “Gallipoli, Grain and Globalization”. He fell just short of the line, completing revision to the twelve chapters comprising the main body of the book. During the summer vacation, Professor Lambert hopes to finish the introduction and conclusions and submit the finished manuscript to the publishers. In addition, Professor Lambert did manage to have published an essay based upon a lecture given at a conference sponsored by the Carnegie Institute. The essay is to appear as “Brits-Krieg: The Strategy of Economic Warfare”, and will appear as a chapter in a book edited by George Perkovich and Ariel E. Levite, Understanding Cyber Conflict: Fourteen Analogies, (Georgetown University Press, 2017)

Nicholas A. Lambert
8 June 2017.


D.Phil. Modern History, Worcester College, University of Oxford (September 1989-April 1992)
o Supervisors: Sir Michael Howard; Robert O’Neill.
o Dissertation (unpublished): “The Influence of the Submarine upon Naval Strategy, 1896–1914”— a comparative study that examined relationships among government, naval administration, and high-technology industries connected with the development of the submarine in Britain, France and United States.

M.A. Economics and History, Worcester College, University of Oxford (June 1992)

B.A. Double major in Economics, and History, Worcester College, University of Oxford
(September 1986-May 1989)
o Tutors: Charles Feinstein and G. H. LeMay
o Awarded University History (Arnold) Prize in final examinations

Recent Academic Employment
Affiliate Professor, University of Maryland at College Park (August 2013 to January 2014)
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland at College Park (Spring 2012)
Instructor, University of Pennsylvania (Spring 2012)
Fellow, International Assessment and Strategy Center (2011–2012)
o Member of interdisciplinary team drawn from University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School examining Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) for Department of Homeland Security

Visiting Fellow, University of Texas at Austin (upcoming 2016)
Visiting Fellow, National Europe Centre, Australian National University (2009–2011)
Research Fellow in British Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2004)
Fellow in Maritime Affairs Department, Royal United Services Institute, London (2002-present)
Hartley Research Fellow, University of Southampton (1995–1996)
Charter Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford (1994–1995)
John M. Olin Fellow, International Security Studies, Yale University (1993–1994)
Lady Clay Junior Fellowship, University of Oxford (1991–1992)
James Caird Junior Research Fellowship, University of London (1990–1991)

Planning Armageddon: British Economic Warfare and the First World War (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012).
o Awarded 2013 Western Front Association Norman B. Tomlinson Jr. Prize.

Sir John Fisher’s Naval Revolution (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1999; paperback edition, 2002).
o Awarded 2000 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award.
o Awarded 2000 Western Front Association Norman B. Tomlinson Jr. Prize.

Australia’s Maritime Inheritance: Imperial Maritime Strategy and the Australia Station (Canberra: Defence Publishing Service, 1998).

Editor, The Submarine Service, 1900–1918 (London: Naval Records Society, 2001).

Peer Reviewed Articles
“Righting the Scholarship: the Battle-cruiser in history and historiography,” Historical Journal 58 (March 2015): 275-309.

“False Prophet? The Maritime Theory of Julian Corbett and Professional Military Education,”
Journal of Military History 77 (July 2013): 1055–1078.

“On Standards,” War in History 19 (July 2012): 217–240.

“Strategic Command and Control For Maneuver Warfare: Creation of the Royal Navy ‘War Room’ System, 1905–15,” Journal of Military History 69 (April 2005): 361–411.
o Awarded 2004 Institute for Historical Research Julian Corbett Prize.
o Awarded 2005 Society of Military History Moncado Prize.

“Transformation and Technology in the Fisher Era: the Impact of the Communications Revolution,” Journal of Strategic Studies 27 (June 2004): 272–297.

“Our Bloody Ships or Our Bloody System? Jutland and the Loss of the Battle Cruisers, 1916,”
Journal of Military History 62 (January 1998): 29–56.
o Awarded 1999 Institute for Historical Research Essay Prize.
o Awarded 1999 Society for Military History Moncado Prize.

“Admiral Sir John Fisher and the Concept of Flotilla Defense, 1904–10,” Journal of Military History 59 (October 1995): 639–660.
o Awarded 1996 Society for Military History Moncado Prize.

“British Naval Policy 1913/14: Financial Revolution and Strategic Revolution,” Journal of Modern History 67 (September 1995): 595–626.

Book Chapters
“The Strategy of Economic Warfare: A Historical Case Study and Possible Analogy to Contemporary Cyber-warfare,” in Cyber Analogies, eds. Emily Goldman and John Arquilla, Technical Report: NPS-DA-14-001 (Monterey: Naval Postgraduate School, 2014).

“Transformation and Technology in the Fisher Era: The Impact of the Communications Revolution,” in Information and Revolutions in Military Affairs, ed. Emily Goldman (New York: Routledge, 2005).

“Sir John Fisher, the Fleet Unit Concept and the Creation of the Royal Australian Navy,” in Southern Trident: Strategy, History and the Rise of Australian Naval Power, ed. David Stevens and John Reeve (Canberra: Allen & Unwin, 2001).

“Admiral Sir John Fisher and the Concept of Flotilla Defense,” in Technology and Naval Combat in the Twentieth Century and Beyond, ed. Phillips O’Brien (London: Frank Cass, 2001).

“Economy or Empire: The Quest for Collective Security in the Pacific 1909–14,” in Far Flung Lines: Essays in Honor of Donald Schurman, ed. Keith Neilson (London: Frank Cass, 1997).

“The Opportunities of Technology: British and French Strategy for the Pacific, 1905–09”, in The Parameters of Naval Power, ed. Nicholas Rodger (London: Macmillan, 1996).

“Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Wilson,” in The First Sea Lords: from Fisher to Mountbatten, ed. Malcolm Murfett (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1995).

“Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman,” in The First Sea Lords: from Fisher to Mountbatten, ed. Malcolm Murfett (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1995).

Awards and Prizes
Norman B. Tomlinson Jr. Prize, Western Front Association, 2013
Moncado Prize, Society for Military History, 2005
Julian Corbett Prize, Institute for Historical Research, 2004
Distinguished Book Award, Society for Military History, 2000
Norman B. Tomlinson Jr. Prize, Western Front Association, 2000
Moncado Prize, Society for Military History, 1999
Military History Annual Essay Prize, Institute for Historical Research, 1999
Moncado Prize, Society for Military History, 1996

2018-2019 Academic Year - Dr. Mark R. Folse
FolseShpMtPhD., History, University of Alabama, Defense date set for February 9, 2018 Major Fields: American History until 1865, American History since 1865, Military and Naval History, Early Modern Europe Dissertation: “The Globe and Anchor Men: U.S. Marines, Manhood, and American Culture, 1914-1924”[working title]Director: Prof. Andrew Huebner Committee: Prof. John Beeler, Prof. Daniel Riches, Prof. Lisa Dorr, Prof Beth Bailey (outside reader) Master of Arts, History, University of Alabama, May 2012 Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude), History (Major), English (Minor), University of Alabama, August 2009



“The Tiger of Seibo: Captain Charles Merkel and the Dark Side of Marine Corps History.” Marine Corps History, VOL 1, (Winter 2016)

“The Impact of War and Counterinsurgency on the Marine Corps’ Image 1914-1922,” in New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the 19th Naval History Symposium Held at the U.S. Naval Academy, 15-18 September 2015, Naval War College Press. Currently in work, anticipated publication in 2018

Online Publications:

“The Battle of Iwo Jima, 19 February-26 March 1945” Keystone Battle Brief Series: History Division, Marine Corps University.
(February 2016)

“The Battle of Belleau Wood, 1-26 June 1918” Keystone Battle Brief Series: History Division Marine Corps University. (June 2015)

“The Impact of the Great War on Marines in Hispaniola, 1917-1919.” U.S. Army Heritage Center., (May 2013)

Book Reviews:

Review of Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, 1917-1918 by Edward G. Lengel, H-War Review (October 2016)

Review of Toward a New Maritime Strategy: American Naval Thinking in the Post-Cold War Era by Peter D. Haynes, Marine Corps History Magazine VOL 3. (Summer 2017)

Review of Power and Restraint: The Rise of the United States, 1898-1941 by Jeffery W. Meiser, Marine Corps History Magazine, VOL 2. (Summer 2016)

Review of D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan, by Harold J. Goldberg, Marine Corps History, VOL 1. (Winter 2016)

Review of Grant at Vicksburg: The General and the Siege, by Michael B. Ballard, Forthcoming Southern Historian, VOL 37. (Spring 2016)

Review of What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta, by Stephan Davis, Southern Historian, VOL 35. (Spring 2014)

Conference Papers Presented

“U.S. Marines, The Great War, and the Test of American Manhood.” World War I Historical Symposium, Marine Corps University, Quantico VA, July 18-20, 2018. (Forthcoming)

“U.S. Marines, War, and the Changing Landscapes of American Culture, 1914-1924.” Society of Military History Conference, Louisville KY, April 2018. (Forthcoming)

“‘What sort of Men Are They?’: Marines, Belleau Wood, and the Test of American Manhood.” 2017 McMullen Naval History Symposium, Annapolis MD, September 2017. Commentator, Dr. Branden Little, Weber State University.

“George C. Thorpe and the Marine Corps’ War in Hispaniola, 1918.” International Association of Inter-American Studies, Santa Barbara CA, October 2016. Commentator, Dr. Breanne Robertson, Marine Corps History Division.

“The Impact of War and Counterinsurgency on the Marine Corps Image, 1914-1922.” 2015 McMullen Naval History Symposium, Annapolis MD, September 2015. Commentator Professor Lori Bogle, U.S. Naval Academy.

“The Tiger of Seibo: Charles Merkel, George Thorpe, and Dark Side of Marine Corps History.” Society of Military History Conference, Montgomery AL, April 2015. Commentator Prof. James C. Bradford, Texas A&M.

“The Impact of the Great War on Marines in Hispaniola, 1917-1919.” Temple University James A. Barnes Graduate Student History Conference, Philadelphia PA, May 2014.

“Damage Control: The Hispaniola Occupation’s Impact on the Marine Corps Image, 1918-1920.” 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium, Annapolis MD, September 2013. Commentator Prof. Aaron O’Connell, U.S. Naval Academy.

“Entropy and the Battle of Lützen,1632.” Military Frontiers: A Graduate Symposium, Beyond Battle, the Ohio State University Graduate Student History Conference, Columbus Ohio, May 2013. Commentator Prof. John Guilmartin, Ohio State University.


“’Tropicalitis’: U.S. Marines, Hispaniola, and the Degeneracy of American Manhood, 1915-1922.” History Department Workshop, University of Alabama, April 2017.

“A Sure’nough Man: Masculinity and the Promotion of the Marine Corps’ Narrative, 1914-1918.” History Department Workshop, University of Alabama, September 2016.

“Damage Control: The Hispaniola Occupation’s Impact on the Marine Corps Image, 1918-1920.” Military History Roundtable, University of Alabama History Department, September 2013.

“The Battle of Lützen, Entropy, and the ‘Military Revolution.’” Military History Roundtable, University of Alabama History Department, February 2013.

“‘The Laudable Profession of Armes’: The Impact of Scottish Mercenary Service on Scottish Society and the Stuart Monarchy 1618-1638.” European History Workshop, University of Alabama History Department, November 2011.

Academic Honors and Awards

Class of 1957 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, United States Naval Academy, (Beginning fall 2018)

Frank Lawrence Owsley Memorial Scholarship, April 2017: Established in 1960 by friends, colleagues, and students of the late Professor Owsley, this monetary award is given each year to graduate students of superior competence in American History. The recipients must be in residence at the time the award is used. Students are nominated by the University of Alabama History Department faculty.

2016/2017 Graduate Council Fellowship, University of Alabama

The 2015/2016 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., Memorial Dissertation Fellowship. The award is given once a year to a deserving student working on a topic pertinent to Marine Corps history. The fellowship includes a $10,000 cash award.

Honorable Mention, Army Heritage Foundation, The Professor Russell F. Weigley Award for the Best paper with a military history focus presented at the annual Barnes Club Conference in Philadelphia, PA. for the conference paper “The Impact of the Great War on Marines in Hispaniola, 1917-1919.”

Department of History Travel Grant, University of Alabama, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016


Interned under senior reference historian Annette Amerman, U.S. Marine Corps History Division, Reference Branch May-June, 2014 and 2015.

Public Lectures

“The Tiger of Seibo: Charles Merkel, George Thorpe, and Dark Side of Marine Corps History.” Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico VA, May, 2015.

“Writing Center Presentation” to members of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House at the University of Alabama, February 2nd 2015.

“The War of 1812” to students enrolled in American Civilization to 1865, November 7, 2013. Instructor of Record, John Ray, University of Alabama.

“Marines in Hispaniola, 1915-1922” to students enrolled in “Military Intervention in Latin America,” November 21st 2013. Instructor of Record, Prof. Stephan Schwab, University of Alabama.

“The U.S. Enters WWI,” to students enrolled in American History Since 1865, March 2013. Instructor of Record, Prof. David Beito, University of Alabama.

“President Herbert Hoover and America’s Plunge into the Great Depression,” to students enrolled in American history since 1865, October 2012. Instructor of Record, Prof. Kari Frederickson, University of Alabama.

Teaching Experience

Student Tutor, University of Alabama Athletic Department, Fall 2016 to present

History Writing Consultant, University of Alabama Writing Center. Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Instructor of Record, University of Alabama

Western Civilization since 1648, Summer 2017
Western Civilization to 1648, Summer 2016
Western Civilization since 1648, Summer 2015
Western Civilization to 1648, Summer 2014
Western Civilization since 1648, Summer 2013

Instructor of Record, Shelton State Community College

American History to 1865, Fall 2017
American History to 1865, Spring 2017
American History to 1865, Fall 2016
Western Civilization to 1648, Fall 2016
Western Civilization to 1648, Fall 2015
Western Civilization since 1648, Summer 2015
Western Civilization to 1648, Spring 2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Alabama

American History until 1865, spring 2011, spring 2014
American History since 1865, fall 2011, fall 2012, spring 2013, fall 2017
American History since 1945, fall 2013
Western Civilization to 1648, fall 2010
Western Civilization since 1648, spring 2012

Proposed Courses

The Coming of the Civil War 1815-1860
The American Civil War 1861-1865
th Century American Military Thought
th Century American War, Society, and Culture
The Military Revolution, 1450-1850
History of the United States Navy, 1776-Present
History of the U.S. Marine Corps

Professional Affiliations

Organization of American Historians
American Historical Association
Southern Historical Association
Society of Military History
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honors Society
Phi Beta Sigma Honors Society

2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Academic Years - Captain A. Scott Mobley, Jr. USN, (Ret)

Report for 2016-2017

Annual Report for the Class of 1957 Fellow in Naval Heritage

Professor A. Scott Mobley Jr.
U.S. Naval Academy History Department
Academic Year 2016-2017

The Class of 1957 Post-doctoral Fellow in Naval Heritage was established in 2012 to help foster among future naval leaders an understanding of naval history and its importance to their profession. The fellowship also strengthens the wider field of naval history by serving as a “launch pad” for the careers of promising new scholars.

I was appointed as the third Class of 1957 Post-doctoral Fellow in August 2016. The following is a report of my activities during the 2016-2017 academic year.

I taught one section of American Naval history (HH 104) during each semester of the 2016-2017 academic year. Both sections consisted of plebe midshipmen from the Class of 2020. I designed the HH 104 course to build the analytical and communication skills (oral and written) needed by the students to perform effectively as naval leaders. Critical Inquiry and Historical Sensibility were important takeaways. Critical Inquiry is the ability to ask–and answer–the right questions, while Historical Sensibility is a powerful tool for navigating the complex and messy world that midshipmen will one day encounter beyond the Yard. The course introduced several themes that encompass U.S. naval history: (1) how foreign and domestic developments shape U.S. naval policy and missions; (2) how naval strategy and technology evolve over time; (3) how changing conditions transform the navy’s professional culture; and how (4) individual choices (historians call this “agency”) shape America’s naval past.

With “asking the right questions” in mind, several cardinal questions structure the course. Taken together, these guiding questions develop the course themes:
● How do we explain the current naval predominance of the United States? As we explore history in search of answers to this general query, other important questions emerge:
● Why does the U.S. maintain a navy? What purposes does the navy serve? What benefits does the nation derive from its navy? What costs does it incur?
● How does the navy accomplish national goals? How does it interact with other instruments of national power (diplomatic, economic, ideological/cultural) to achieve these goals?
● How does the navy change over time? Why does it change? How do political, strategic, economic, cultural, and technological trends shape the navy?
● How do individuals shape–and how are they shaped by–naval experiences? How can we understand the uncertain, complex, and messy worlds they faced? How does our situation as naval professionals today reflect the experiences and choices (agency) of our

As foundational reading, I assigned America, Sea Power, and the World , the new textbook sponsored by the USNA Class of ‘57 and edited by James C. Bradford (Class of ‘57 Distinguished Chair, 2012-2013). I supplemented the textbook with reading assignments from
The Historical Atlas of the U.S. Navy by Craig L. Symonds (Class of ‘57 Distinguished Chair, 2011-2012), along with various handouts from other works.

I supplemented classroom sessions with visits to the USNA Museum and Nimitz Library for some hand-on experiences with historical artifacts and research. Working with the current Class of ‘57 Distinguished Chair, Professor Nicholas A. Lambert, I co-hosted two distinguished naval officers as capstone speakers for the course. Retired VADM James A. Sagerholm (USNA, 1952) spoke during the fall term about his Korean War experiences as a junior officer in USS Rochester (CA-124). During the spring term, RADM Stuart B. Munsch (USNA, 1985), the current Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N3/5B), shared insights on how historical knowledge and understanding remain vital competencies for modern naval leaders. The midshipmen especially appreciated how RADM Munsch illustrated key concepts with captivating stories from his own operational and staff experience. The midshipman also enjoyed a “first-person” history session in early May with retired CAPT Bill Peerenboom (USNA, 1957). CAPT Peerenboom highlighted the accomplishments of distinguished ‘57 class members, then shared with the students several engaging accounts of his own naval experiences during the Cold War and Vietnam conflict.

Teaching the American Naval History course has been a real delight, but it also presents some particular challenges. Enthusiasm, intelligence, and native inquisitiveness are common virtues of the midshipmen enrolled in the course. These qualities can make for meaningful learning experiences and vibrant discussions, which I attempted to encourage in the classroom with student debates, group projects, games and simulations, reflect-write-discuss exercises, digital history activities, and other pedagogical tools. This menu of approaches sometimes produced wonderful results during the past academic year. Indeed, the students consistently ranked the
interactive class sessions as #1 for helping them to learn historical knowledge and skills. However, I also found that some students seemed frustrated or insufficiently prepared to take full advantage of the classroom opportunities. After a year of classroom observation, feedback from midshipmen, and discussions with other faculty, I identified several root causes that inhibit student learning in HH 104.

Aside from individual motivational issues, students not reaching their full potential in the course may demonstrate one or more of the following qualities: (1) an inconsistent grasp of historical and geographic fundamentals, for the U.S. and globally; (2) rudimentary reading and notetaking strategies; (3) weak writing skills; and (4) underdeveloped critical thinking habits. To address these issues I plan to introduce several new teaching approaches during the fall 2017 semester. These include: classroom time dedicated to notetaking and reading strategies, regular reading reflections, structured assignments to help students develop critical essay-writing skills, and
other measures.

While I devoted most of my time during the past academic year to course preparation and teaching, I also made substantial progress on my research agenda. From August through April I revised and condensed my Ph.D. dissertation into a book manuscript. This was my major project for 2016-2017. Tentatively titled Progressives in Navy Blue, the book examines how a confluence of advancing echnology, emerging strategic culture, imperial ambitions, and growing national security concerns remade the U.S. naval profession during the late nineteenth century. These efforts attracted interest from the Naval Institute Press, which contracted with
me to publish the book in spring 2018.

Collaborating with a team of scholars from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Harvard University, and other institutions I helped to develop and launch Voices and Visions , an online primary source reader for U.S. foreign relations. We designed the site as an innovative Open Educational Resource (OER) that features multimedia source materials rather than text documents. I currently serve on the project’s editorial board, which vets all contributions and conducts peer review.

As my contribution to the premier set of articles for Voice and Visions , I researched and wrote an analysis of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat #14, which announced U.S. neutrality when World War II broke out in 1939. I also contributed to an article describing the Voice and Visions project that appeared in the January 2017 edition of Passport , the review journal of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). In addition, I am scheduled to make a presentation on the project to the SHAFR Teaching Committee at the society’s annual meeting in June.

Lastly, at the request of H-War, I wrote a review on Suzanne Geissler’s God and Sea Power: The Influence of Religion on Alfred Thayer Mahan (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2015). H-War is a component of H-Net, an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the educational potential of the Internet. The review will appear on the H-War site later this summer.

A. Scott Mobley, Jr.
20 June 2017


History: Naval and Maritime History, Military History, Diplomatic and World History, History of Technology, Intellectual and Cultural History, Early American History, Comparative Empire.

International Relations/National Security Affairs: U.S. Foreign Policy, Strategic Studies, International Security, International Organizations and Negotiations, Strategic Planning.

Ph.D., History, 2015
Dissertation: “Progressives in Navy Blue: Maritime Strategy, American Empire, and the Transformation of U.S. Naval Identity, 1873-1898.” Committee: Jeremi Suri, John W. Hall, William R. Reese, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, and Helen Kinsella.
Examination Fields: U.S. Military History, U.S. Diplomatic History, U.S. History to 1865. Committee: Jeremi Suri, John W. Hall, William R. Reese, and Thomas Archdeacon
University Of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

M.A., History, 2011
University Of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

M.A., National Security Affairs (International Relations), 1987
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, California

B.S., History, 1978
U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland

Assistant Research Professor (American Naval Heritage), Starting August 2016
Department of History, U.S. Naval Academy

Lecturer in Diplomatic History, Summer 2016
Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Course taught: “U.S. Foreign Relations since 1898,” (HS 432)

Lecturer in Naval History, 2016, 2008-2012
Department of Naval Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Course taught: “History of U.S. Sea Power and Maritime Affairs,” (NS 102)

Professor of Naval Science, 2005-2008
Department of Naval Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Courses taught: “Naval Leadership and Ethics” ( NS 402), “History of U.S. Sea Power and Maritime Affairs” (NS 102)

Lead Instructor and Coordinator, UW-Madison Grand Strategy Workshops, 2009-2011
Department of History, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Developed, organized, and taught a series of academic workshops focused on contemporary international security issues, policy analysis, and strategic planning

Seminar Leader/Teaching Assistant, 2013
Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Course taught: “The American Military Experience to 1902.” (HIS 427) Led three seminar sections composed of graduate and undergraduate students.

Senior Instructor in Nuclear Propulsion Engineering, 1984-1986
Naval Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit, Ballston Spa, NY
Taught graduate-level courses in nuclear propulsion engineering, operations, and maintenance

- Class of 1957 Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Naval History (U.S. Naval Academy, 2016)
- West Point Summer Seminar Fellow (U.S. Military Academy, 2015)
- Rear Admiral John D. Hayes Pre-doctoral Fellowship in U.S. Naval History (Naval History and Heritage Command, 2014-2015)
- New Faces Scholar (Triangle Institute for Security Studies at Duke University, 2013)
- Morgridge Fellowship (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 2008-2012)
- Graduated “with Distinction,” Naval Postgraduate School, 1987 (awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class)
- Graduated “with Merit,” U.S. Naval Academy, 1978 (equivalent to cum laude honors)

- “The U.S. Navy’s Secret, 11-Page Plan to Conquer Canada” published on the national security website War on the Rocks (, December 2015.
- “‘The Essence of Intelligence Work is Preparation for War’: How ‘Strategy’ Infiltrated the Office of Naval Intelligence, 1882-1889,” The International Journal of Naval History, Vol. 12, No. 3, December 2015. Also presented at the 2015 McMullen Naval History Symposium, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, September 2015.
- “Progressives in Navy Blue: Maritime Strategy, American Empire, and the Transformation of U.S. Naval Identity, 1873-1898.” Presented at the Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington D.C., September 2015.
- “Cultures of Progress: U.S. Navy Professionalization, 1873-1898.” Presented at the West Point Summer Seminar, West Point, NY, June 2015.
- Review of 21st Century Mahan by Benjamin F. Armstrong (ed.), in Naval History Book Reviews, Issue 39 (29 May 2014): 1.
- “’A Peculiar Beginning’: U.S. Naval Intelligence and the Birth of a New Strategic Paradigm, 1869-1889.” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the 2013 New Faces Conference, Triangle Institute for Security Studies, Chapel Hill, NC, September 2013.
- “The Contested Origins of the Modern U.S. Naval Profession, 1870-1880.” Presented at the 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, September 2013.
- “U.S. Naval Intelligence and Strategic Practice, 1869-1889." Presented at the 2013 Military History Graduate Student Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, May 2013.
- Review of The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter R. Borneman, in Naval History Book Reviews, Issue 29 (27 March 2013): 1.
- “Under Leahy’s Hand: William Leahy, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Crafting of Coalition Strategy During World War II.” M.A. thesis, University Of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011. Advisor: Jeremi Suri.
- Review of Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater by Brayton Harris, in Naval History Book Reviews, Issue 19 (8 May 2012): 2-3.
- “The Torpedo in WW II: A Study in the Origins, Use, and Impact of a Revolutionary Weapon.” Presented at the Wednesday Night at the Lab Symposium, University of Wisconsin—Madison, December 2011.
- “Highest Branch of the Profession or the Appearance of a Farce: The Struggles over Historical Studies, Officer Education, and Professionalization in the U.S. Navy, 1873-1893.” Presented at the Society of Military Historians annual meeting, Lisle, IL, June 2011.
- “William Leahy and the Anglo-American Alliance: Legman, Chairman, Statesman.” Presented at the Workshop on the Transcultural Atlantic: Constructing Communities in a Global Context, European Center for Excellence, University of Wisconsin - Madison, April 2010
- “Scenario #1 Briefing,” “Scenario #2 Briefing,” and “Methodology for Strategy-Policy Analysis.” Presented at the workshops on Contemporary Strategy and Policy-Making, Grand Strategy Program, University of Wisconsin—Madison, November 2009 and March 2011.
- “Transatlantic Naval Cooperation, Past and Present.” Presented at the Workshop on New Directions in the History of Transatlantic Politics, Culture and Society; European Center for Excellence, University of Wisconsin—Madison, March 2008.
- “Unlocking the Potential of War Games: A Look Beyond the Black Box” (Naval Postgraduate School Technical Paper NPS56-88-007, Monterey, California, 1988). Presented at the 56th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Monterey, CA, June 1988.
- “Beyond the Black Box: An Assessment of Strategic War Gaming.” M.A. thesis, Naval Postgraduate School, 1987. Advisor: James J. Tritten.
- “The Morris Island Campaign, July-October 1863.” Senior Thesis, U.S. Naval Academy, 1974. Advisor: Craig L. Symonds.

Coordinator, International Politics and Practice Program, 2011-2013
Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Founding program director. Established distance education program to advance the study of international relations, strategy, and policy: Designed curricula for online education methods and technology. Integrated and focused the resources of diverse university departments to achieve program goals. Developed online postgraduate course POLS704: National Security Affairs.

Coordinator, UW-Madison Grand Strategy Project, 2008-2011
Department of History, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Founding project director. Developed and supervised programs, courses and curricula to enhance learning opportunities at UW-Madison that emphasized leadership and complex, global problem-solving. Integrated and focused the resources of students, university departments, and leading Wisconsin businesses to achieve program objectives. Developed, organized, and led online strategic studies program each summer. Academic advisor for graduate and professional students.

Chairman, Department of Naval Science, 2005-2008
Department of Naval Science, University of Wisconsin—Madison

“Effective Teaching in Higher Education” Course, 2005
Naval Education and Training Command, Pensacola FL
Completed a two-week seminar on best practices for teaching at the university level.

Instructor Training Course, 1984
Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit, Ballston Spa, NY
Course included pedagogical theory and effective teaching practices.

- Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired). Thirty years of experience as a Surface Warfare Officer.
- Commanding Officer afloat in USS Camden (AOE-2) and USS Boone (FFG-28).
- Command ashore of Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, University of Wisconsin—Madison (Madison, WI) and Regional Support Group, Pacific Northwest (Everett, WA).
- Chief of Staff/Director, Combat Logistics Force Operational Advisory Group (CLF OAG) for Commander, Naval Surface Group Pacific Northwest (Everett, WA).
- Reactor Officer in USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-76).
- Chief, Navy Section, U.S. Military Group Argentina, Buenos Aires.
- Executive Officer in USS Arkansas (CGN-41); Department Head tours in USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG-23) and USS George Washington (CVN-74); Division Officer tours in USS California (CGN-36).
- Shift Engineer/Production Training Officer/Senior Instructor, Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit, Ballston Spa NY.
- Specialized navy qualifications and designations: Political-Military Affairs, Strategic Planning, International Organizations And Negotiations, Operations Analysis, Western Hemisphere Specialist, Spanish Linguist, Nuclear Engineering, Undersea Warfare, Joint Specialty (JS2/JS4).
- Security Clearance: TOP SECRET/SCI.

- American Historical Association
- Organization of American Historians
- Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
- Society for Military History
- North American Society for Oceanic History
- U.S. Naval Institute
- Surface Warfare Association

Not exactly the sort of Naval Officer on shore duty we had for Profs, eh?