Owens' lecture is part of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy's "Making Difference" lecture series.
Owens is associate dean of academics for electives and directed research and professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. He is also a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and editor of Orbis, the institute's quarterly journal. He specializes in the planning of U.S. strategy and forces, especially naval and power projection forces; the political economy of national security; national security organization; strategic geography; energy security; and American civil-military relations.
In addition to core Naval War College courses, Owens has taught The American Founding, Strategy and Policy of the American Civil War, The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, Sea Power and Maritime Strategy, Strategy and Geography and U.S. Civil-Military Relations. From 1990 to 1997, he was editor-in-chief of the quarterly defense journal Strategic Review and adjunct professor of international relations at Boston University.
The Pell Center's "Making Difference" lecture series follows the principle that one small change can lead to larger influence. With topics such as environmental policy, global ethics, the role of music and support for war veterans and their families, the lecture series seeks to challenge how each of us, in our own way, can be the change we wish to seek in the world.