Commander Benjamin Armstrong, PhD, U.S. Navy will discuss his book “Small Boats and Daring Men: Maritime Raiding, Irregular Warfare, and the Early American Navy.” The event will take place on February 27, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, at Prager Family Auditorium, 17 S. Washington St, Easton.
Two centuries before the daring exploits of Navy SEALs and Marine Raiders captured public imagination, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps were engaged in similarly perilous missions: assaulting pirate camps, attacking enemy ships in the dark of night, and striking adversarial ashore facilities. John Paul Jones, father of our American Navy, recognized that irregular operations critical to naval warfare.
Commander Armstrong weaves a tale that takes special operations out of the shadows of more famous blue-water battles. His book, the first historical study of its kind, makes a compelling case that raiding and irregular warfare are key elements to American sea power.
Previously in his career, Commander Armstrong was a helicopter pilot supporting covert JSOC/SOCOM Special Warfare Operations. Ashore, he served as a strategic assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. In 2016, he was posted to the Naval Academy as a Permanent Military Professor.
He earned his PhD at Kings College, London, United Kingdom and serves as McMullen Naval History Symposium Director. In addition to being widely published, Commander Armstrong is the recipient of the U.S. Naval Academy Faculty Excellence Award, the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement, and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation General Roy Geiger Award.
To register for Commander Armstrong’s course, click here and toggle to toward the bottom of the page: https://m-scf.networkforgood.com/events/17693-chesapeake-forum-winter-spring-2020-course-registration.
Tuition: $15/per person.
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