Captain Robert C. Rubel, U.S. Navy (Retired), was a Navy pilot who flew light-attack and strike-fighter aircraft. He retired after 30 years of active duty and then served for 13 years on the faculty of the Naval War College, including eight years as dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. He has published more than 30 articles and several book chapters on naval and military subjects.

Articles by Robert C. Rubel


Acey Deucey Can Teach Military Strategy

By Captain Robert C. Rubel, U.S. Navy (Retired)
March 2023
Acey Deucey is a variant of backgammon that has been played in the Sea Services since the early 1900s. It is a competitive game that combines luck and strategy.

Pivot Fleet Design

By Captain Robert Rubel, U.S. Navy (Retired)
April 2021
If the missile has supplanted the aircraft-delivered bomb as the decisive weapon of the future, then future fleet design must pivot on the logic of missile combat.