Log - Outputs - Work Record
This is a comprehensive record of scholarly outputs, qualifications, projects and works along with professional memberships and engagements. Accompanying notes where applicable.
Forthcoming book based on PhD: The Abolition of Admiralty and the Creation of the Ministry of Defence
Future publication based on PhD: Title TBA. (US Defense Unification)
Future publication based on post-doctoral research: Title TBD. (Space related research.)
Co-Editor and a contributor, Title TBA. (Corbett 100 Publication)
Core Academic Outputs
Doctorate in War and Strategic Studies (PhD), completed 2021 King’s College London. Awarded 2022. PhD thesis title: Deconstructing the Seapower State: Britain, America and Defence Unification.
Abstract: This research examines the relationship between defence unification and the development of strategic theory between 1945 and 1964. Defence unification was one of, if not the defining change in British and American defence and government. Only by studying unification as a fundamental change can its integral relationship to the ongoing development of strategic thought and theory be understood. This thesis is situated at the interface of organisational development, intellectual-educational process, political-cultural-military history, strategic studies and civil-military relations. This thesis explores the fundamental structural change in British and American defence following the abolition of the Admiralty and Department of the Navy. It provides a new history of British and American defence unification. It challenges current perspectives on freestanding service ministries' function by reopening debates such as the so-called 'British Way of Warfare' and 'Continental Commitment.' It contributes to this debate by demonstrating the impact of unification and 'jointness' on the broader British and American national understanding of naval power and maritime strategy and its relationship with high policy decision-making and defence strategy, of which all parts of defence and national security were impacted such as intelligence, wargaming, nuclear weapons policy through to new technology and issues such as space policy where unification often saw the rejection of strategic experience. This research is a contribution to ongoing theoretical debates about maritime strategy, sea and naval power, grand and national strategy based on reconsidering outdated narratives of defence unification and reopening debates that contrast the significance of continental and maritime strategies and its interface with political power, decision making and ultimately the 'battle' for a national strategy.
Master of Research (MRes) awarded 2015. Thesis title: ‘The End of Admiralty and its Impact on British Defence Policy 1955-1964’
Academic and Professional Appointments
‘Laughton-Corbett’ Research Fellow. Department of War Studies, King’s College London. (2022-)
The Fellowship position is named after the founding ‘father’ of naval history Professor Captain John Knox Laughton RN (1830-1915) and historian, philosopher of seapower and maritime strategist Sir Julian Corbett (1854-1922). In the spirit and intent of their work, the objective of the role is to pursue “new and original scholarly research at post-doctoral level with an eye to the future” using applied history for strategic studies.
Non-Resident Research Fellow, US Naval War College (2017-)
Facilitated a research MoA agreement between USNWC and King’s College London for naval and maritime related research.
Post-Doctoral Fellow Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)
Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS)
By special appointment for services between the Social Sciences (Public Policy), Arts, Humanities and the Science community’s for Space.
Active Research: ‘Maritime Strategy and Space’ (Laughton-Corbett Fellowship)
Active Project: ‘Corbett 100’
Project lead and designer. Corbett 100 marks the centenary of the death of historian, philosopher of seapower and maritime strategist Sir Julian Corbett (1854-1922). More information.
3 International Conferences, a joint research project between the UK, US and Australia ‘AUKUS’ formed of academics, former and serving military personnel. Supported by other nations including: Japan, Sweden, Germany, Argentina, Canada, New Zealand, India and Portugal.
Created, organised and ran King’s College London Corbett 100 Conference.
Active academic collaborative project: ‘King’s Wargaming Network’
A founding member of King’s Wargaming Network.
The network advances the theory and application of wargaming as a method of inquiry and as a method of learning and teaching
Educates to inspire and improve by advancing and democratising wargaming in education.
Research to inform and innovate by developing wargaming as an academic discipline.
Completed: Naval Wargaming Research
Provide a new history of Naval Wargaming.
Research the impact and influence of naval wargaming on the development of strategic studies and the study of history.
Research into the study and practice of wargaming for naval and maritime research, historical research and use as an educational tool.
Completed event: ‘Falklands 40: War and Defence Studies' Perspectives in the 21st Century.’
An event I organised and ran to mark forty years since the Falklands War in 1982. Hosted at King’s College London.
Publications and Journal Articles
‘The Art of Admiralty, Maritime Strategy, and the Island Nations:
Britain, Australia, and Japan’ (Sept 2023). Australian Naval Institute, Corbett 100 Publication (Forthcoming).
Battle for space: statecraft, diplomacy and defence strategy | Astronomy & Geophysics | Oxford Academic (oup.com), Royal Astronomical Society A&G, 64:2, 2.38–2.40, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/astrogeo/atad012h (2023).
‘The Art of Admiralty’, The Naval Review Journal, 2023.
‘Corbett 100: A Long Hard Look in the Mirror’ The Naval Review Journal, (Nov 2022.)
Recovering the Useful Past: Naval Historians at the Fore, Churchill College Cambridge, University of Cambridge. (25 Nov. 2022.)
Re-Learning from Corbett: Applied History to the Rescue of Strategic Thought, King’s College London main public website, 27 Sept. 2022.
New Research into the History, Theory and Practice of Naval Wargaming, The Mariner's Mirror, 107:1, 100-103, DOI: 10.1080/00253359.2021.1845516. (2021.)
‘Space Force Creation Warrants Revisiting Defence Unification.’ War on the Rocks (23 Sept. 2020).
‘Corbett’s Relevance to the Modern Strategic Thinker’. The Strategy Bridge. (21 Aug. 2018).
Lectures, Papers, Events and Conference Presentations
Chair (Host/Organiser) and Discussion: ‘Space Power and Space Warfare and Irregular Warfare’ with Dr John Klein, 30 Jan. 2024.
Chair and Discussion: King’s Wargaming Network Public Lecture Series 'Naval Wargaming Beyond the Classroom' by Dr Nick Bradbeer (RN/MoD/UCL), 28 Nov. 2023
Lecture: The U.S. Navy, Royal Navy, and the Maritime Influence on Space Power 1945–. US Naval Academy. Sept. 2023.
Event: US Naval Academy panel organiser, chair and commentary ‘The Nuclear Navy’. Sept. 2023.
Podcast: Deconstructing the Seapower State, American Defense Unification. US Naval Academy Preble Hall Podcast. Sept. 2023.
Keynote Lecture: The Art and Philosophy of Wargaming in the st Century? Revisiting fundamental questions of the past, present, and future nature and character of wargaming, A Strategic Studies and History Perspective. King’s College London, Wargaming Week Keynote, 1 June 2023.
Public Lecture: Defence Unification, Strategy and Policy: 1945-1964, Institute for Historical Research, 30 May 2023. London.
Public Lecture: Refighting the Battle of the Atlantic after 1945 Legacy, Culture, Policy, Plans, Doctrine, and the State. Part of the Battle of the Atlantic 80th Anniversary events. Liverpool John Moores University, 20 May 2023.
Lecture: Orbiting Corbett: Corbett for the Next Generation of Strategists, from ‘land-think’ to ‘seabed to space’. US Naval War College, 12 May 2023.
Academic Lecture: Astrostrategy to National Strategy: Utilising the Maritime Strategic Way of Thinking 'From Seabed to Space’. New Voices in Global Security Series, King’s College London, 7 Dec. 2022
Event: From National Strategy to Strategy in Policy: The Evolution of Strategy and Strategic thought and the Interface with Policymaking. (Organiser and Chair) Professor Beatrice Heuser and Professor Andrew Lambert, 24 Oct 2022.
Lecture: Forgetting Corbett: The Decline of Historically-led Methodology and Maritime Influences on Strategy in the Contemporary Era – 2022 School of Security Studies Research Conference “Back to the Future? Continuity and Change in the study of War and Conflict.
Public Lecture: The Creation of the UK Ministry of Defence & the US Department of Defense: Power, Politics and Agenda. A New History. King’s College London 5 May 2022.
Event: Corbett 100: Perspectives, Signs and Portents, Sir Julian Corbett’s Influence Today. US Naval Academy, panel organiser and chair, Sept. 2022.
Lecture: United States Naval Academy Defense Unification, the U.S. Navy and the Space Race 1957-1970’
Lecture: Naval Wargaming: Theory and Application of Naval Wargaming as a Tool to Advance Maritime Strategic Concepts and Historical Inquiry. King’s College London, 3 Dec.2019.
Lecture: US Naval Academy, Two Steps from Abolition: The U.S Navy and U.S Defence Unification 1945-1964.
Lecture: US Naval War College, The Victory at Sea: Naval Lessons of the Great War and the U.S Navy of the Twenty First Century, Victory at Sea Conference, 13-15 March 2019
Public Lecture: The Abolition of the Admiralty and the handover of Strategic Maritime Doctrine to the U.S.A., 1945-1964. King’s College London, 29 Nov. 2018.
Lecture: US Naval War College, Naval Leadership and Naval Leaders, Sea Control and Foreign Policy
Lecture: US Naval Academy ‘The Influence of the United States Navy on the End of the British Admiralty / The Abolishment of the British Admiralty and Its Correlation with Reform of the United States Department of the Navy 1945-1964’
Podcast/ Occasional Paper: Studying History Matters to the Modern Navy. King’s College London War Studies Podcast. (2017).
Occasional Paper: The Battle for Jutland: One hundred years and beyond. Is it over? First World War at Sea, National Maritime Museum (UK), May 2016.
Public Lecture: The Admiralty’s Final Champion of the Naval Message: Lewin of Greenwich’ Plymouth University, 16 April 2016.
Press Release King’s College London: New project will use maritime approach to advance space strategy . 10 July 2023.
Press Release King’s College London: U.S Naval War College hosts conference with King's on defence and security challenges. 05 June 2023.
Press Release US Naval War College: U.S. Naval War College Hosts Conference Applying History to Present and Future Naval Strategy. May 18, 2023.
Press Release King’s College London: Security Studies hosts international conference on maritime strategist Sir Julian Corbett. 30 May 2022.
Press Release King’s College London: King’s newest Post-Dec chairs book launch: The 'British Way of War': Book launch with Professor Andrew Lambert. 8 November 2021.
Press Release King’s College London: King's College London led research collaboration enhances 'AUKUS' partnership between UK, USA and Australia . 16 Sept 2023.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
King’s College London: Laughton Naval History and Maritime Strategy Unit, Centre for Grand Strategy, Wargaming Network, Space Security Research Group (Formerly Freeman Air and Space Institute) and research themes: Strategic Studies, Military and Political History.
US Naval Institute, Naval Records Society, Society for Nautical Research Society of Military History, HMS HOOD association, 1805/Nelson Society, CIMSEC.
Comment, Discussion and Debate
Mahan Versus Corbett will not inform a Modern Strategy for China. April 2022 US Naval Institute ‘Proceedings’ Vol. 148/4/1,430.
Which Marine Corps Commandant had the most lasting impact on the service? —General Alexander Vandegrift. November 2021 US Naval Institute ‘Proceedings’ Vol 147/11/1,425.
The Revolt of the Admirals and Today’s Battle Over the Defense Budget. February 2021 US Naval Institute ‘Proceedings’ Vol. 147/2/1,416.
King’s: Home for Naval History and Maritime Strategic Research. King’s ‘Strife’ Journal, 21 Feb. 2020.
Book Review: James Smith (2023) American Defense Reform: Lessons from Failure and Success in Navy History, History: Reviews of New Books, 51:5, 127-128, DOI: 10.1080/03612759.2023.2237263
‘Rescue’ and preservation of records from the UK (British) Navy League and Imperial Maritime League from destruction, a project in partnership between King’s College London Liddell-Hart Archive and the UK National Maritime Museum.
Ongoing declassification and FOIA review of US DoD historical records.
Various letters, co-signatory or otherwise on letters in national UK and US press on matters of defence and military history.
Reviewer/SME consultant for various journals and editorial boards for topic specifc papers submitted to them.
Consultant for Royal United Services Institute Report on UK Space Policy.
Consultant on naval/maritime history for the BBC for the UK Festival of Remembrance/Remembrance Service.