Good Intentions – Poor Execution: Intelligence and the Korean War

This was another academic submission inspired by the increased tensions with North Korea and the result of my own question of "how did it happen?"  We never seem to grasp the idea that present troubles have an extremely important set of contributing factors which established the conditions of today. This has been the way things …

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Post-Soviet Russian Diplomacy and the Western Media

This was my final paper for my Diplomacy and War II class - the final academic requirement for my Bachelor's in Military History.  I have a couple of minor issues with this product, and the instructor had noticed. First was the inclusion of the American Revolutionary War - a point that I had intended to …

First-Person History

The assignment for War and Diplomacy II was to write an account of a historic diplomatic event from the perspective of a key figure involved. I chose Jimmy Carter's meeting with the former hostages released from 444 days of Iranian captivity... January 20, 1981 Wiesbaden, West Germany [recording starts] “Sorry I am late… the press …

Billy Mitchell’s Legacy

Examine the life and military biography of William "Billy" Mitchell (1879-1936). How did Mitchell's professional military career and experiences inform his views on the possibilities of American air power?  What is his legacy to American air power? They cyclic nature of history provides an interesting look at the theories and warnings espoused by Mitchell in …

The Crimean War, the American Civil War… Clausewitz, Jomini, and Mahan

I have considered revising some of my academic submissions into long-form posts here, but in the meantime (and consistent with my recent post), I am going to leave this as largely as it was saved – with the question or comments in italics. Of course, feedback – especially on readability – will always be appreciated. …

Cavalry Maiden – Nadezhda Durova

In the time recently freed from the routine of Facebook, I have been bouncing between working on two different papers as well as organizing my “academic submissions” for sharing here. This one was for one of my earlier classes – off the top of my head, I cannot remember which – and oddly enough, it …

Echoes of the Silent Service

This was an earlier paper which was inspired by my own digging into the "behind-the-scenes" world of museum boat management and operations. Originally, it was going to end up being much longer, but I was limited by the assignment instructions. In this form, however, it is sufficient enough to cover the general idea of what an …

“Don’t Shoot! We’re Republicans!” – The Chaotic Tale of the USS Porter

One of the more interesting aspects of history is how the occasional tale is often overlooked, like those surrounding an American Fletcher-class destroyer – the USS William D. Porter – and the key events in this destroyer’s rather short, but chaotic, career. The first notable incident, not declassified until 1958, involved a series of errors …

Influences of Interwar Doctrine and Training on the Successes of U.S. Submarines in the Pacific Theater of Operations During the Second World War

Photo caption: USS Harder (SS 257) off the coast of Woleai during the rescue of Ensign John Gavlin, April 1, 1944. (Source: https://www.navalhistory.org/2012/07/24/operation-forager) ABSTRACT Current trends in leadership training often overlook historic examples of effective leadership – the developmental processes and the results of the professional background of leaders in an operational environment. The development of the submarine influenced the …