The Mission of the Institute is to provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense.
VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)Chief Executive Officer
VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Daly is the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Naval Institute, one of the most respected professional associations and thought leaders in the United States. Comprising almost 50,000 members, the Institute has served for 143 years as the open, independent non-partisan forum of the sea services. The U.S. Naval Institute advances the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense.
Prior to accepting the CEO post in 2011, Vice Admiral Daly served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. His Navy career, spanning more than 30 years, includes command of the destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59); Command of, Destroyer Squadron 31; and Command of, Carrier Strike Group 11 – Nimitz Strike Group. During each of these commands, he deployed to the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility – participating in Operation Desert Strike in 1996 in Russell and as Sea Combat Commander for the Lincoln Battle Group in the Gulf immediately after the attack on USS Cole in 2000. As Nimitz Strike Group Commander in 2005, he led Task Forces 50, 152 and 58 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and maritime intercept operations in the Arabian Gulf.
Shore assignments include executive assistant and program analyst, J-8, Joint Staff; executive assistant to the Commander, Pacific Fleet; and executive assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. As a flag officer, he served as Deputy for Resources and Acquisition (J-8) Joint Staff; Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy; and as Deputy N3/N5 (Operations, Plans and Strategy) in the Navy Staff.
A Life Member of the Naval Institute and former member of the Institute’s Editorial Board, he also serves on the Advisory Board for ManTech International.
He is a native of Chicago, a graduate of the College of Holy Cross (A.B. Economics), receiving a regular commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He holds a Master’s degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
Robert G. JohnsonChief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Robert G. Johnson
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Bob Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the United States Naval Institute.
In his dual leadership capacity, Bob oversees day to day operations of the Institute as well as ensuring its financial integrity.
He joined the Naval Institute in 2005 after a long career with the Franklin Mint – a collectables company in Media, Pennsylvania. During his last five years with the firm, Bob served as its Corporate Controller. In that capacity, he oversaw financial affairs at Franklin Mint operations in the United States, Europe, Australia and the Far East.
After graduation from the University of Delaware, where he studied accounting, Bob earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Widener University.
William M. Miller, IIIPublisher
William M. Miller, III
Bill Miller is the publisher of all books, periodical and Internet-distributed products of the United States Naval Institute.
He began work as USNI Publisher during 2006.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and journalism, Bill served during the 1980s as Associate Publisher of the weekly journal Science – the highly respected worldwide publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also co-founder and Publisher of The Journal of NIH Research, and a founding partner in Medical Programs Incorporated.
As CEO of Homebuyer Publications during the 1990s, Bill steered the growth of the company's consumer magazines, trade shows, seminar series, book sales and institute.
Prior to his work as a magazine publisher, he held a variety of positions in the newspaper industry, on staff with several local newspaper firms and The Wall Street Journal.
A. Denis CliftVice President for Planning and Operations
A. Denis Clift
Vice President for Planning and Operations
Denis Clift is the Vice President for Planning and Operations of the United States Naval Institute. The U.S. Naval Institute (USNI – www.usni.org) is one of the oldest professional military associations in the United States. Since 1873, USNI – with 50,000 members worldwide – has nurtured creative thinkers who responsibly raise their voices on matters relating to national defense.
Mr. Clift's charter and goal are to help ensure that the Institute has the resources required to advance the nation's understanding of the importance of a strong defense, the enduring role of sea power – the Navy and the sea services – in that defense, and the nation's obligation to the men and women of the all-volunteer force who provide that defense.
Mr. Clift is a former naval officer, veteran of two Antarctic expeditions, and from 1963-1966 was Editor of the United States Naval Institute Proceedings. He is President Emeritus of the National Defense Intelligence College, which he led from 1994 to 2009. He has served in military and civilian capacities in the administrations of 11 successive presidents, including 13 years in the Executive Office of the President and the White House. From 1974-1977, he was the senior member of the NSC staff for the Soviet Union and Europe. From 1977-1981, he was the National Security Adviser to the Vice President of the United States. From 1991-1994, he was Chief of Staff, Defense Intelligence Agency. He has also served as a Commissioner on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and as a Presidential Commissioner on the US-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIA.
He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of London's London School of Economics. His U.S. and foreign awards include honorary degrees and decorations, to include the U.S. Presidential Ranks of Distinguished and Meritorious Executive, the Defense and Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Medals, and the Romanian National Order of Merit with Rank of Knight. He is the author of several books, both fiction and non-fiction, and is co-author of The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence, Oxford University Press 2010.
Kirk McAlexanderExecutive Vice President for Development
Executive Vice President for Development
Kirk McAlexander leads the Naval Institute’s work in private giving and long-term gift planning. This work embraces gifts from individuals, companies, and philanthropic foundations. It aims to secure USNI’s financial future and encourage more and more people to see USNI as a great place for advancing their philanthropic goals.
Kirk has led such work at Johns Hopkins, the national Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Menninger Foundation, and the National Federation of Independent Business. For several years, he ran his own consulting firm, which managed fundraising campaigns for military and business nonprofits. He has much experience orienting and training volunteer leadership, mentoring staff, and strengthening nonprofit brands.
He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and the Johns Hopkins University and a published author and speaker on philanthropic subjects.
April ParrecoDirector, Conferences & Special Events
Director, Conferences & Special Events
April Parreco leads the planning and management of conferences and special events at the U.S. Naval Institute. The annual conferences and events at the Naval Institute provide a platform to discuss timely sea power and national defense issues with our members and supporters, military, government, thought leaders and the general public in an independent and non-partisan public setting.
Prior to joining the team at the U.S. Naval Institute, April worked at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum as the Director of External Affairs where she oversaw and led fundraising, membership and special events.
April is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University with degrees in International Relations and Spanish.
LtCol Joe Plenzler, USMC (Ret.)Executive Vice President for Membership and Marketing
LtCol Joe Plenzler, USMC (Ret.)
Executive Vice President for Membership and Marketing
Joe Plenzler is the Executive Vice President for Membership and Marketing at the United States Naval Institute, one of the most respected professional associations of thought leaders in the United States. Comprising almost 50,000 members, the Institute has served for more than 140 years as the open, independent non-partisan forum of the sea services. The U.S. Naval Institute advances the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense.
Prior to accepting this post in June 2015, Joe served 20 years on active duty as a US Marine Corps officer. Most recently, he served from 2010 to 2015 on the personal staff of the 34th, 35th and 36th Commandants of the Marine Corps as a public affairs officer (PAO) and the Director of the Commandant's Staff Group (CSG). He also served on the personal staff of the Commander, International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan in 2014 as a speechwriter and strategic advisor.
During his military career, Joe served in myriad billets, most notably as the PAO to General James N. Mattis during the 2003 invasion of Iraq where he planned and executed the largest media embed program in Marine Corps history and served as a special investigator for alleged Law of War violations in order to counter Saddam Hussein’s propaganda efforts. In 2005, he served as the senior US military public affairs officer in Indonesia during the humanitarian assistance/disaster relief mission in response to Boxing Day tsunami that killed more than 100,000 people in the Banda Aceh region.
He has also served as the Director of the Marine Corps' west coast Drill Instructor School and spent nearly four years as an infantry officer with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.
He is a native of Toledo, OH; a graduate of The Ohio State University (B.S. Architecture), San Diego State University (M.A. Mass Communication and Media Studies), and former Seminar XXI fellow with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rick RussellDirector, Naval Institute Press
Director, Naval Institute Press
Rick Russell is director of the Naval Institute Press, the book publishing arm of the United States Naval Institute. Since 1873, USNI has nurtured creative thinkers who responsibly raise their voices on matters relating to national defense.
Responsible for overseeing all facets of the Institute's book publishing, Rick sets the Press' editorial vision and oversees its annual publication of some 80 titles focused on naval and military affairs, intelligence issues and military history.
Prior to assuming his present post in 2007, Rick served as associate publisher at Potomac Books, formerly Brassey's, Inc. From 1989 to 1999, he worked as a historian in the contemporary history branch of the Naval Historical Center, the U. S. Navy's official history program.
In 1997, he published Project HULA: Secret Soviet-American Cooperation in the War against Japan. The book was a product of several years' liaison with Russian naval officers, historians and archivists. Rick's articles and reviews have appeared in a number of U. S. and Russian publications to include Proceedings, Naval History, and Morskoi Sbornik.
A former veterans benefits counselor and assistant department head with the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Rick is himself a veteran, having served in both the U. S. Army and Army National Guard.
A native of Pennsylvania, Rick earned two degrees at Penn State University, one a Master of Arts in History and went on to additional studies at Georgetown University.
He presently resides in northern Virginia with his wife and two children.
Paul MerzlakEditor-in-Chief of Proceedings
Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings
Paul Merzlak is Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings. Published continuously since 1874, Proceedings is the flagship publication of the U. S. Naval Institute.
Paul joined the Institute staff in April 2005, working first as a senior editor for Proceedings and the magazine Naval History, then as Proceedings managing editor. He assumed his present post in 2009.
A graduate with honors in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, Paul earned a Master's Degree in History from the University of Northern Colorado. In 1999, while an assistant professor at the U. S. Air Force Academy, he was chosen as a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities – one of 25 university educators selected for the honor.
Paul served 10 years in the U. S. Air Force: first as a Peacekeeper ICBM combat crew commander, instructor, and flight commander; later, on faculty at the U. S. Air Force Academy, where he taught modern European, military, and naval history – and co-edited The Officer's Companion to Military History, issued to thousands of Academy cadets.
After military service, Paul joined Brassey's, Inc. (now Potomac Books) in Dulles, Virginia, as an acquisition editor for military history and biography. There, he launched three book series: Issues in Twenty-first Century Warfare, Cornerstones of Military History, and Military Profiles.
Richard LattureEditor-in-Chief of Naval History
Editor-in-Chief of Naval History
Richard Latture is Editor-in-Chief of Naval History, a magazine well-regarded by both academic historians and history enthusiasts – and published bi-monthly by the U. S. Naval Institute.
Richard joined the Institute staff in his present post during 2005.
Interested in history very early in life, Richard majored in the subject as an undergraduate at Washington and Lee University, then went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in history at the University of Virginia.
Upon completion of graduate studies, he joined the staff of the national newspaper USA Today – working for 12 years as a researcher, reporter, and editor.
Before assuming his present post, Richard spent seven years editing MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, America's Civil War and a number of other periodicals published by Primedia History Group.