Captain Hamblet is the Executive Vice President for Periodicals and Membership at the U.S. Naval Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings magazine. He is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who served 29 years on active duty as a naval intelligence officer. He joined the staff of the Naval Institute in 2016.
Bill served as the intelligence officer with an FA-18 squadron, a Navy SEAL Team, a carrier air wing, and a carrier strike group. His shore tours included the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Joint Staff (J-2) in the Pentagon from 1999–2002, naval attache to Russia from 2004-2006, head of the China Division at the Joint Intelligence Operations Center in the Pacific, and deputy division chief for Middle East strategy at the National Counterterrorism Center from 2013–2016. Bill was in the Pentagon on 9/11/2001 and helped lead the initial intelligence response team in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
Bill started writing for Proceedings as a lieutenant. He served on the Naval Institute Board of Control and Editorial Board from 1993–1997 and continued to write throughout his career.