Nov. 27, 2013
Throughout the year, NWC's faculty give lectures at institutions around the world, write books and journal articles, and receive awards. Here are some of our latest faculty achievements.
Charles C. Chadbourn, III
, strategy professor in the College of Distance Education, was recently appointed by the Naval Historical Foundation as the new editor for the fully digital International Journal of Naval History. The journal has been around for over a decade, and Chadbourn’s first issue as editor was recently published at http://www.ijnhonline.org/
Awards and Honors
Allen C. Benson, Library Director, was recently presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013 by the College of Communication & Information Sciences, University of Alabama, where he earned his Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in 1993. He was keynote speaker at the event where he delivered a talk on the subject of Professional Development Competency Models.
On the Road
John Hattendorf delivered the keynote address at a conference marking the tercentenary of the 1713 Peace of Utrecht at the Garrison Library in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, in Oct. He then went on to Ipswich, England, for the bicentenary conference marking Sir Philip Broke's 1813 capture of USS Chesapeake, where he spoke on "The War of 1812: A view from the United States." The latter piece has been published in the book launched at the conference: Tim Voelker, ed., Broke of the Shannon and the War of 1812.
Tom Fedyszyn and Jim Cook, national security affairs professors, conducted a three-day training session for the faculty and students of the Azerbaijani National War College in Baku, Nov. 12-14. The Naval War College has been the principal education institution working with the Azerbaijanis to develop curricula for their post graduate courses in Professional Military Education for the past four years. During their stay, Fedyszyn and Cook provided presentations and seminars on six topics related to national security affairs under the auspices of NATO’s Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP).
Andrew Erickson, China Maritime Studies Institute spoke at the International Conference on People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Affairs, sponsored by The Chinese Council on Advanced Policy Studies (CAPS), U.S. National Defense University (NDU), and Rand Corp., Nov. 14-15. He provided a side lecture with Phillip Saunders of NDU, summarizing their findings on Chinese cruise missiles, which will appear in their forthcoming book, “A Low Visibility Force Multiplier: Assessing China’s Cruise Missile Ambitions,” in late Dec.
Nan Li, China Maritime Studies Institute, attended the 5th Annual China Seminar of Netherlands Defense Intelligence and Security Service in Amsterdam during Nov. 13-14, and gave a presentation on “China’s Evolving Naval Strategy and Capabilities.”
Milan Vego, joint military operations professor, visited the Fuehrungsakademie der Bundeswehr (FueAkBw), Hamburg, Germany, on two occasions recently during courses conducted by the Faculty of the Center for the Employment of Armed Forces. For Module 4012 Operative Fuehrung (Operational Art), Vego delivered a one-hour lecture entitled “Operational Art and Contemporary Operations” and participated in the seminar discussion pertaining to the North Zoran Sea planning exercise (developed by SHAPE) from Nov. 11-15; this seminar was attended by 13 one-star generals (including one Austrian and the Swiss Army general, respectively) plus one German Navy Capt. selectee for the flag rank. From Oct. 26 - Nov. 1, professor Vego taught and participated in Module 4011 Operatives Denken (Operational Thinking), for 15 staff officers from all three services plus two civil service officials.
Milan Vego, joint military operations professor, participated in a mini-conference entitled “Structuring and Strengthening Regional Security Mechanisms and Cooperative Frameworks to Meet Maritime Security Challenges” at the Indian Naval War College, Goa from Nov. 21-22. This conference was organized by the Indian Naval War College as part of the 25th anniversary (Silver Jubilee) of its establishment. The audience consisted of about 40 students plus several members of the faculty. The inaugural address was given by the Governor of State of Goa, Honorable Shri Bharat Vir Wanchoo. The speakers at the seminar included retired Admiral Arun Prakash (CINC of the Indian Navy, 2004-2006; he is currently Chairman, National Maritime Foundation) and retired Rear Adm. Raja K. Menon (a former Assistant Chief of Naval Staff-Operations; he is currently Chairman Task Force on Net Assessment and Simulation, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi). Vego’s presentation was entitled “China’s Naval Policy and Strategy in the Indian Ocean Region IOR.”
, national security affairs professor, presented a paper entitled, "The Islamic Principles of Social Justice: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Nonviolent Civil Disobedience," via Skype in a conference in Calcutta, India, Nov. 12. The international conference was "Understanding the Trajectories of Contemporary Islam," sponsored by the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS). http://makaias.gov.in/125thAnniversary.pdf
John Maurer, the Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy, delivered a lecture at the New-York Historical Society. The lecture — entitled “Ever-Present Danger: Winston Churchill, the Rise of German Power, and the Outbreak of the First World War” — was part of the Society's Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series. The lecture examined how Winston Churchill, as First Lord of the Admiralty, provided for Britain’s security against the rising German naval challenge, and why Churchill’s efforts to avert war with Germany were ultimately unsuccessful.
Al Shimkus of the national security affairs department is a member of a Task Force that on Nov. 4, 2013 published the book, "Ethics Abandoned" Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War of Terror. The book addresses issues related to the breach of ethical obligations by health professional associated for national security purposes.
Al Shimkus of the national security affairs department recently spoke the annual meeting of the American Society of Military Surgeons in Seattle, WA. He provided a presentation on "Dual Loyalties" that covered the ethical issues of the commissioned officer who is also a licensed physician, nurse or psychologist practicing at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay.
Stephen Knott, national security affairs professor, delivered two "Constitution Day" lectures on Sept. 17 at U.S. Northern Command's Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo. The topic was the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.
Michael Schmitt, Stockton Professor of Law and Chairman of the International Law Department, provided a presentation entitled, "Cyber War and International Humanitarian Law" in London at the request of the British Red Cross for members of the legal staff at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defense. Schmitt also traveled to Estonia to advise the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence on the responsibility of states to maintain control over cyber infrastructure located in their territory. Schmitt published an article entitled "The Syrian Intervention: Assessing the Possible International Law Justifications," in International Law Studies, and has recently been interviewed by the BBC, the Boston Globe and Finnish Media regarding legal issues surrounding autonomous weapon systems and cyber war. Schmitt has been appointed to the editorial boards of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy, the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare and Proceedings (Estonian Defence College).
Schmitt also published an article in the European Journal of International Law entitled "Wound, Capture, or Kill: A Reply to Ryan Goodman's 'The Power to Kill or Capture Enemy Combatants," which captures the different sides in the current capture vs. kill debate.
Cmdr. Dave O'Connell, International Law Department, provided a presentation entitled "The Relevance of International Law and the Law of the Sea to Homeland Security" to the annual meeting of the International Law Association (American Branch) on Oct. 25, 2013 at the Fordham Law School in New York. He also provided a presentation entitled "U.S. Coast Guard Operations and Maritime Law Enforcement" to the the Surface Warfare Officers School's International Joint Maritime Technical Development Course on Oct. 16, 2013, in Newport, RI.
Raul "Pete" Pedrozo, associate professor, International Law Department, recently published an article entitled, "Arctic Climate Change and U.S. Accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas" in International Law Studies.
Lt. Cmdr. James Farrant, International Military Professor from the U.K. royal navy, provided a presentation entitled, "International Legal Issues Surrounding the Capture of Abu Anas al Libi" at the royal navy Legal Conference held at the Britannia Royal Naval College.
Terence Roehrig, national security affairs department, particiapted in an Institute of Korea Studies sponsored conference, held on its 45th anniversary, in Seoul, South Korea. Roehrig presented his paper on South Korea's contributions to foreign aid and UN peacekeeping at the conference.
Tom Gibbons presented a paper entitled "An Overview of Ethics Instruction in Intermediate and Senior-level Professional Military Education Institutions" at Johnson & Wales University during their Educational Leadership Research Symposium on Nov. 7.
Casey Lucius, national security affairs professor for the College of Distance Education will travel to Hanoi, Vietnam to present a paper on U.S.-Vietnam military-to-military relations 2003-2013 for the World History Association Annual Conference hosted by the University of Hawaii and the Vietnam Social Sciences Academy.
Al Bergstrom and Professor (Emeritus) Ted Gatchel, joint military operations department are guest scholars in The Choices Program which is a national education initiative based at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. Both professors are highlighted in the Vietnam section of the scholars' online video library responding to a series of questions which are designed to help high school teachers in presenting history lessons.
Michael Schmitt, Stockton Professor and Chairman of the International Law Department, delivered a public lecture on the law of war during cyber conflict on Nov. 21 at Leiden University Law School in the Netherlands. He also spoke on autonomous weapons and law at a workshop conducted by the International Law Association on future challenges to the law of armed conflict on Nov. 22.
Stanley Carpenter, college of distance education, will present a number of public lectures this winter. At the Warwick Public Library, he will present a four hour lecture series on the War for American Independence in Nov. In Dec., Carpenter will present a lecture on the Pearl Harbor attack at the Essex Meadows Center in Connecticut. And, in Jan., he will present a four-part lecture series on World War II in Europe and the Atlantic at the Kingston Public Library.
Milan Vego, joint military operations professor, visited the Indian Naval War College, Goa to particpate in "The Operational Art Workshop," held on Nov. 23 and from Nov. 25-29. Vego delivered 25 one-hour long lectures on various aspects of operational warfare that included joint opeartional warfare and operational warfare at sea. The lectures were attended by 36 senior Indian navy and air force officers, including Rear Adm. Hari Kumar, Commandant of the Indian Naval War College.
Andrew S. Erickson, China Maritime Studies Institute professor, co-authored “No Subsitute for Experience: Chinese Antipiracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden,” China Maritime Study No. 10 Nov. 2013.
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