Michael B. Petersen is the director of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute and an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College. His work focuses on Russian naval operations and strategy as well as net assessments of high-intensity maritime conflict. Prior to his appointment, he served at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council. He is also the author of "Missiles for the Fatherland: Peenemuende, National Socialism, and the V-2 Missile" (Cambridge University Press, 2009, 2011) as well as articles, essays and book chapters on military intelligence and strategic weapons history. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park.