Roger Dingman is professor emeritus at the University of Southern California and a U.S. Navy veteran. His research and publications have focused on the origins, conduct, and consequences of World War II in the Pacific. They include Power in the Pacific (University of Chicago Press, 1976) and Ghost of War (1997) and Deciphering the Rising Sun (2009), both published by the Naval Institute Press.
Howard J. Fuller is the senior lecturer of war studies at the University of Wolverhampton (U.K.) and the author of Clad in Iron: The American Civil War and the Challenge of British Naval Power (Greenwood Press, 2007; reprinted in 2010 by the Naval Institute Press [NIP]). He is currently completing a collection of essays, The Real Pax Britannica: The Royal Navy Deterred and the Decline of Gunboat Diplomacy, for the NIP.
Michael D. Hull is a military historian and has contributed extensively to numerous magazines and the Eisenhower Center for Military Studies’ World War II Guide. He was a longtime newspaper reporter, copy editor, layout editor, news editor, columnist, feature writer, and book reviewer on both sides of the Atlantic. He has also published poetry and is a veteran of the British Army.
Ensign Samuel Oat-Judge graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2014 and will be pursuing a master’s degree in applied security strategy from the University of Exeter as a U.K. Fulbright scholar this fall. After completing his degree he will be stationed in Rota, Spain, on board the USS Ross (DDG-71). His article earned third prize in the 2014 Naval History Essay Contest, cosponsored by the the U.S. Naval Institute and the William M. Wood Foundation.
Bruce M. Petty graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in history in 1972. He has written numerous articles for magazines such as Inside History, WWII History, and Naval History. He is the author of Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War (McFarland, 2009) as well as three other books about World War II, the latest being New Zealand in The Pacific War (McFarland, 2008). He lives in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Stephen D. Regan, a retired educator, served as academic dean at Upper Iowa University and currently teaches part-time at Coe College. A Navy veteran, he wrote In Bitter Tempest: The Biography of Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher (Iowa State University Press, 1994), Pioneering Spirit (WDG Publishing, 2007), and contributed to Refighting the Pacific War (Naval Institute Press, 2011). He writes a monthly column on nautical and maritime issues.
Commander James C. Rentfrow graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989, completed flight school, and was designated a naval flight officer. After a career flying the EA-6B Prowler, he was selected to participate in the Permanent Military Professor program. He did his doctoral work at the University of Maryland, College Park, and currently teaches U.S. and naval history at the Naval Academy.