Vol. 13, Issue 1: About the Authors

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Will Edwards
From Fleet Exercise to Fast Carrier Task Force

William Edwards is a recent graduate from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies , concentrating in Strategic Studies and International Economics in Strategic Studies and International Economics. His paper “From Fleet Exercise to Fast Carrier Task Force” was the culmination of a lifelong interest in WWII naval history and a capstone research paper under Dr. Thomas Mahnken. Will is currently an international producer at The Cipher Brief, where he covers security issues in the Asia-Pacific pursuing a research analyst career focusing on East Asian Security and US foreign policy in the Korean peninsula, with a particular emphasis on nuclear security, within the foreign policy community of Washington, DC.

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Philip K. Lundeberg
The Treatment of Survivors and Prisoners of War, at Sea and Ashore

Phillip K. Lundeberg is curator emeritus from the Smithsonian Institution. Born in Minnesota in 1923, Lundeberg graduated summa cum laude from Duke University early in 1944, earning his B.A. in history, and would return there after the war to earn his M.A. He completed his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1954 with a dissertation titled American Anti-Submarine Operations in the Atlantic, 1943-45.

It was a subject Lundeberg had first-hand experience with. Commissioned at the USNR Midshipmen’s School at Columbia University, he wound up being the youngest of three officer survivors of USS Frederick C. Davis, last American warship sunk in the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II.

During the 1950s, he taught history at St. Olaf College and the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1959 he came to the Smithsonian as an associate curator in the Department of Armed Forces History. There he developed naval exhibits for the National Museum’s new Hall of Armed Forces History, including that of the Continental Gondola Philadelphia. Working with Howard I. Chapelle, he directed the construction of three-score scaled models of American naval vessels for the chronological armed forces exhibit and special exhibitions. In 1981, Lundeberg organized the Smithsonian exhibition commemorating the Yorktown bicentennial, “By Sea and By Land: Victory with the Help of France.” He also prepared naval elements for exhibits elsewhere in the Institution, including “Centennial 1876;” “The Japan Expedition of Commodore Matthew C. Perry;” and following his retirement, “Magnificent Voyagers: The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842.”

Lundeberg served as vice president and president of the American Military Institute (1968-73) and of the United States Commission on Military History (1974-1981), directing conferences at the Smithsonian of the International Commission of Military History on the themes of “La Technique Militaire” (1975) and “Soldier Statesmen of the Age of the Enlightenment” (1982). He was elected organizing chairman of the International Congress of Maritime Museums at London in 1972, and served as Chairman of the Council of American Maritime Museums (1976-1978). In 1970 he edited the Bibliographie de l’Histoire des Grandes Routes Maritimes: Etats Unis d’Amerique for the International Commission of Maritime History. A founder of NASOH, he received that Society’s K. Jack Bauer Award in 1998 for Distinguished Service.

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Robert V. Gates
History of the Navy Laboratory System

Robert V. Gates, a retired Navy Senior Executive, served as the Technical Director at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Indian Head Division and in many technical and executive positions at NSWC, Dahlgren Division. Dr. Gates is currently an adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the Virginia Military Institute, a Master’s in Engineering Science from Penn State, a Master’s and PhD in Public Administration from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the U.S. War College.

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Kenneth C. Wenzer
The First Naval War College Plan against Spain by Lt. Cmdr. Charles H. Stockton

Kenneth C. Wenzer, PhD is a historian who is affiliated with the Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC.

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Daniel Roberts
A Navy of Foreigners, Mercenaries, and Amateurs: Naval enlistment in the Spanish-American War

Daniel Roberts received his B.A. (’07) and M.A. (’08) in History from Clark University. He has worked as a Public Historian since 2008. Currently he is a Historian, under contract, working with the United State Naval History and Heritage Command. His most recent works include Co-Editing a documentary edition on the United States Navy and the Spanish-American War.

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Ambjörn L. Adomeit
The Value of Hawai’i in the Maritime Strategic Thought of Alfred Thayer Mahan

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Gregory P. Gilbert
The Australian Experience of Joint and Combined Operations: Borneo 1945

Dr. Gregory P. Gilbert started his career with the Australian Department of Defence as a naval engineer, working in the areas of design, logistics and acquisition. He worked as a consultant for Defence industry before re-joining Defence in 2005 where he worked at the Sea Power Centre–Australia and the Air Power Development Centre. He is currently a freelance historian and defence analyst.

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Dara Baker
Inside the Archives: Lessons Learned: Researching the Battle of Jutland 1916 at the Naval Historical Collection, U.S. Naval War College

Dara A. Baker is Head Archivist of the Naval Historical at the U.S. Naval War College, in Newport, R.I. She previously worked as Senior Archivist, Historian, and Legislative Researcher at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Dara is a Certified Archivist who earned her Master’s in History from Harvard University and a Master’s of Library Science with a concentration in Archives from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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