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Capt. Bernard D. Cole, USN (Ret.), teaches at the National War College in Washington, D.C. Cole’s previous books include The Great Wall at Sea: China’s Navy in the Twenty-First Century, which was selected for the Navy Reading Program. He earned a PhD in history from Auburn University and lives in Alexandria, VA.
Rear Admiral Callo is a historian and writer. His books include Nelson in the Caribbean: The Hero Emerges, 1784-1787 (Naval Institute Press, 2003); Nelson Speaks: Admiral Lord Nelson in his own Words (Naval Institute Press, 2001); and Legacy of Leadership: Lessons from Admiral Lord Nelson (Hellgate Press, 1999). Admiral Callo is also the co-author of Who's Who in Naval History: From 1550 to the Present (Routledge, 2004) and contributed an essay to The Trafalgar Companion (Osprey Publishing, 2005).
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Thomas J. Cutler Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.) is a former gunner's mate second class who served in patrol craft, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. His varied assignments included an in-country Vietnam tour, small craft command, and nine years at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Seamanship & Navigation Department and Associate Chairman of the History Department. While at the Academy, he was awarded the William P. Clements Award for Excellence in Education (military teacher of the year).
Eric Wertheim is a defense consultant, columnist, and author specializing in naval and air force issues. As an author and editor, he tracks, analyzes, and compiles data and photography on every vessel, aircraft, and major weapon system in every naval and paranaval force in the world ? from Albania to Zimbabwe. The work is published as the Naval Institute Press' definitive Guide to Combat Fleets of the World.