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NEWPORT, R.I. – Dr. Milan Vego, Joint Military Operations (JMO) Department professor, delivered his introductory speech as a corresponding fellow of the Royal Society for Naval Sciences, during the ordinary meeting held at the National Defence College in Stockholm on March 3.
STOCKHOLM (March 3, 2010) Dr. Milan Vego, JMO professor, is recognized by Rear Adm. Thomas Engevall (right), vice president of the Swedish Royal Society for Naval Sciences, and Capt. Bo Rask, the society's secretary, during a meeting at the National Defence College in Stockholm, March 3. Vego presented his introductory speech entitled "On Naval Warfare" as a new corresponding fellow of the society.  Engevall is a Naval Command College class of 1997 graduate.  (Photo, Swedish Royal Society, Naval Sciences)Dr. Vego presented the remarks, entitled “On Naval Warfare,” in accordance with the bylaws of the Society. The audience included about 40 members of the Society and guests including Capt. Dan Lynch, U.S. naval attaché to Sweden.

Dr. Vego was selected to join the Royal Society for Naval Sciences (Kungliga Örlogsmannasällskapet, or KÖMS), Karlskrona, Sweden at the Society’s ordinary election meeting held in September 2009. The invitation was extended in recognition for Dr. Vego’s published work and lectures on naval, and in particular littoral, warfare. He accepted the appointment and officially became a corresponding fellow of the Society on November 12, 2009.

The highly prestigious Royal Society for Naval Sciences was established in 1771 and is one of the nine royal societies in Sweden.  The Society has its genesis in the ideas of the Enlightenment, which emphasized educational reforms and the value of vocational and professional qualifications. The aim of the organization is to follow, and actively promote, developments in the naval sciences and in maritime matters in general.

King Carl XVI Gustaf is the First Honorary Fellow and Patron of the Royal Society for Naval Sciences.  The Society has about 400 honorary, ordinary and corresponding fellows. The ordinary fellowship cannot exceed 120 members, who must be under age of 60 and Swedish citizens.

Currently, there are only 13 foreign corresponding fellows from five foreign countries.  Dr. Vego joins Dr. John B. Hattendorf, the Naval War College's Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History, who is also one of the foreign corresponding fellows.

Dr. Vego holds a B.A. in Naval Science from the former Yugoslav Academy, a B.A. in Modern History and an M.A. in U.S./Latin American History from Belgrade University, and a Ph.D. in Modern European History from George Washington University. His books include Soviet Navy Today; Soviet Naval Tactics and The Austro-Hungarian Naval Policy 1904–1914; The Battle for Leyte, 1944: Allied and Japanese Plans, Preparations, and Execution; and Joint Operational Warfare. He is the author of Naval Strategy and Operations in Narrow Seas and the Naval War College textbook Operational Warfare. Professor Vego is a frequent contributor to many professional journals and magazines.

From Joint Military Operations Department