Michael D. Hull, a veteran of the British Army, 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 and editor on both sides of the Atlantic.
Philip K. Allan is the author of the award-winning Alexander Clay series of nautical fiction set in the Royal Navy of the late 18th century. He studied the 18th-century navy at the University of London and is a member of the Society for Nautical Research.
Lieutenant Carlos R. Rosende, U.S. Navy, is an active-duty surface warfare officer and recently completed two tours on board a destroyer stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. A 2012 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, his writing has appeared in Naval History, Proceedings, and the Naval War College Review.
Leighton W. Smith Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired) graduated from the academy in 1962 and shortly afterward married Dorothy McDowell. His recollections of their family life are interspersed throughout the oral history. Smith's early commissioned service was on board the landing craft repair ship USS Krishna (ARL-38), flight training, and in 1964–65 as an instructor in air intercept control at Glynco, Georgia. All told, Smith made three combat deployments to Vietnam, culminating in 1972 with his successful attack on the Thanh Hoa Bridge in North Vietnam.
He flew A-4 Skyhawks and later A-7 Corsairs. Squadron duty included Attack Squadron 44 (VA-44); Attack Squadron 81 (VA-81); Attack Squadron 22 (VA-22); Attack Squadron 174 (VA-174); Attack Squadron 82 (VA-82). In 1975–77 he was XO and then CO of Attack Squadron 86 (VA-86). From 1968 to 1970 he was a production test pilot at the Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) plant in Dallas. In 1977–78 he commanded Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15); in 1978–80 served in the Navy Military Personnel Command; and in 1980–81 was Commander Light Attack Wing One. He commanded the replenishment oiler USS Kalamazoo (AOR-6) in 1982–83; served briefly on the staff of ComNavAirLant in 1983-84, and commanded the aircraft carrier USS America (CV-66) in 1984–85.
Smith was a member of the Strategic Studies Group at Newport in 1985-86. As a flag officer, he was director of tactical readiness on the OpNav staff; commanded Carrier Group Six, based in Mayport, Florida; and served briefly in 1989 as acting Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12. From 1989 to 1991 he was operations officer for the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany; served from 1991 to 1994 as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations (OP-06, later N3/5); and served 1994–96 as NATO's Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe and Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe.
In the NATO command he ordered air strikes that led to the conclusion of the Dayton Accords to stop fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in 1995–96 commanded the multinational Implementation Force that carried out the provisions of the Dayton agreement.
Howard R. Simkin has more than 40 years of combined military, law enforcement, defense contractor, and government experience. He is a retired Special Forces officer and holds a masters of administrative science from the Johns Hopkins University. His articles have appeared in Small Wars Journal and on the TRADOC Mad Scientist Blog.
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Hayes, U.S. Marine Corps, is a strategic special operations planner at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command. He previously served as an infantry platoon commander, company executive officer, company commander, and battalion executive officer as well as a Marine Special Operations team leader, company executive officer, and deployed company-level detachment commander.
Commander Brian Evans, U.S. Navy, is an information warfare officer and a member of the information professional community. His previous tours include Carrier Strike Group 12, OPNAV N2/N6, and USCyberCom. He currently serves as the deputy director C4/cyber at U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet.
Commander Rob Brodie, U.S. Navy, is a surface warfare officer. He has served on board two frigates, an amphibious dock transport ship, an amphibious command ship, a high-speed catamaran, and a destroyer and has operated at sea for every numbered fleet. His shore experience includes Amphibious Task Force (CTF)-76 in Okinawa, CTF-73 in Singapore, and various joint/combined air operations centers as a member of the Seventh Fleet Naval and Amphibious Liaison Element. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master's degree in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.