Professor Donald Stoker, Naval War College at Naval Postgraduate School, was featured on C-Span 3 (American History TV) for a lecture on “North Vietnamese strategy during the Vietnam War.” It is available for viewing online at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/NorthVi
Professor James Kraska, International Law Department, served as legal advisor for two cohorts of students completing their capstone exercise at Germany's national war college, the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr (Command and Staff College German Federal Armed Forces). The exercise involves mentoring more than 100 students at the school in their final joint operational planning exercise built around a complex scenario involving peace enforcement and counter-insurgency operations. Professor Kraska mentored two planning teams, which consisted of German officers, as well as officers from other NATO countries, including Estonia, France, Poland, and also Partnership for Peace participant, Austria. Legal aspects of the exercise included international law related to the use of force, law of the sea, rules of engagement, and adherence to NATO legal mandates.
Professer Kraska also served as a lead teacher for a conference on the legal dimensions of Arctic naval operations at the German Navy Tactics Center in Bremerhaven on the Baltic on March 5-9. This year the conference was titled, "Military Zones and Challenges in Arctic Waters." He taught the course with Professor Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, Professor of Public International Law, European Law and Comparative Constitutional Law at Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. von Heinegg is a former taught Stockton Chair of International Law at the Naval War College and a world renown expert in the law of the sea, law of naval warfare and the use of force. Students at the Tactical Center included naval officers from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway, as well as law students and graduate students from universities throughout Germany.
Professor Timothy Hoyt, Strategy and Policy Department and John Nicholas Brown Chair of Counterterrorism Studies, spoke on March 9 at the Irish Military College in the Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Ireland. The occasion was the first major academic conference held by the Defence Forces Ireland in conjunction with their partner, the National University of Ireland Maynooth, entitled "Taking You A Stage Further... Military Education In the 21st Century." The conference was attended by a broad audience, including speakers from the United Kingdom, United States, Sweden, Singapore, and Canada.
Professor Hoyt presented on "The Strategic Effectiveness of Terrorism," based on methodologies for assessing the potential long-term threat of terrorist groups derived from the Naval War College Strategy and Policy course and its case studies on Terrorism and the War on Terrorism. These approaches were illustrated through an analysis of the different campaigns waged by the Irish Republican Army from 1916 until the present, based on Professor Hoyt's recent research in Dublin and London, as well as a range of other regional and trans-national examples.
On Feb. 25-26, Professor Hoyt also spoke before the Council on International Relations in Santa Fe, NM, and the Center for International Studies - Albuquerque International Association in Albuquerque, NM. The topic of his presentation was "Pakistan - Four Futures for a Troubled Relationship," examining the likely evolution of Pakistan's domestic politics over the next decade. He also spoke to a class at the University of New Mexico on "Nuclear Proliferation in Iran and Pakistan."
Professor Olenda Johnson, College of Operational & Strategic Leadership Department and the first African-American woman to serve on the Naval War College faculty, was the guest speaker for the Center for Service Support’s celebration of African-American history and the military’s journey through the civil rights movement during a lunchtime event held Feb. 29. Johnson spoke about the importance of honoring diversity and the rich histories of our varied cultures. She also recounted her family’s own experiences through the civil rights era, reflecting upon how the works of her father paved the way for her successes and helped open the door for change and equal opportunities for all. “When we celebrate diversity and our diverse histories, we are celebrating much more than the historical accomplishments of a particular group,” Johnson said. “I believe we are celebrating the primacy of American values. We are acknowledging the changeability of once unmovable institution. When we celebrate diversity and our diverse histories, we, together, continue to march toward transforming our future for future generations to come.”