Headshot portrait of Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired), is the Director of Periodicals and Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings. Published continuously since 1874, Proceedings is the flagship publication of the U. S. Naval Institute.

Bill joined the Institute staff in September 2016, working first as deputy editor-in-chief for Proceedings.

A retired Navy captain with nearly 30 years of service as an intelligence officer, Bill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a major in political science in 1987. He earned a Master's Degree in national resource strategy from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University in 2013. He 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 on active duty. He served on the Naval Institute Board of Control and Editorial Board from 1993–1997. He continued to write throughout his career. 

Articles by William Hamblet

Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet standing at a podium

From the Editor’s Desk

By Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired), Editor-in-Chief
October 2019
If you want to get in the mood to read about submarines and antisubmarine warfare, skip right to “Asked & Answered.”
Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet standing at a podium

From the Editor’s Desk

By Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired), Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings
September 2019
This year’s aviation-focused Proceedings centers on the 50th anniversary of the Navy Fighter Weapons School—or TOPGUN.
Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet standing at a podium

Editor's Page

By Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired), Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings
August 2019
The Naval Institute’s staff and editorial board do not have any agenda. We publish the best content people in the profession send us.
Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet standing at a podium

Editor's Page

By Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired), Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings
July 2019
Our current policy on author anonymity and pseudonyms is this: while we generally don’t allow it in Proceedings, we do permit it on the Naval Institute Blog.
Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet standing at a podium

Editor's Page

By Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired), Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings
June 2019
This month we feature “Junior Voices” on the cover. To other potential young contributors, let this month’s junior voices inspire you.
Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet standing at a podium

Editor's Page

By Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired), Editor-in-Chief
May 2019
Readers often tell us if they keep only one issue from the year, the May Naval Review is the one.
Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet standing at a podium

Editor's Page

By Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired), Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings
April 2019
This is the first time we’ve published an issue focused on expeditionary warfare. The core of our expeditionary focus includes five feature articles.
Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet standing at a podium

Editor's Page

By Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retired), Editor-in-Chief
March 2019
Proceedings Editor-in-Chief sums up the March issue.
Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet standing at a podium

Editor's Page

By Captain Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy (Retried), Editor-in-Chief
February 2019
This month’s focus is on cyber warfare, and many of the feature articles are fruits of the Naval Institute’s Cyber Essay Contest.

On Condition of Anonymity

By Lieutenant Commander Bill Hamblet, U.S. Navy
December 2001
Fear of retribution for disagreeing with senior leaders is real in the military. We are serving in dangerous times when military personnel perceive "that one is likely to get crushed ...