Researcher of Sea power, Historian, Navalist,
Next generation Thinker.

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James is a next generation British postgraduate researcher. He focuses on the field of naval history, maritime strategy, sea power and related defence theories.

Across the global commons, he aims to deliver scholarly research that resonates with current issues while emphasising what sea power and maritime strategy has and can achieve and influenced.

This is coupled with a commitment to the development of these disciplines, its theories, and the protection of global naval heritage.

As a researcher, he engages and debates across a broad spectrum of pertinent issues that shapes our world today in particular the challenging aspects of current defence and strategy and its relationship with naval strategy. He is an advocate of sea and naval power and ensuring the affairs and heritage of the naval perspective does not go unheard.

This website acts as a journal to his journey through his academic research and professional development including some of his published works and projects he is involved in.



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Academic Research

James is based in the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. Rigorous research is developing in a scholarly manner to fulfil various requirements placed on him to gain academic qualifications.

James’s Masters of Research thesis ‘The End of Admiralty it’s impact on British Defence Policy 1954-1964‘ sets the ‘stage’ for his follow-on PhD thesis. The research investigates and details the abolishment of the British Admiralty while then exploring  theoretical debates about naval strategy and doctrine which goes to the root questions of how navies, ‘think, learn, write and speak’. The research also closely examines the higher organisations of defence, command/control and the management of navies in the defence ministry/department era including effiency and effectiness of defence ministries. After this research, James would have studied this issue for over approximately fifteen years. This research is timely and pertinent to a readership that ranges from the public, historians and to many complex civilian organisations and businesses but critically, essential reading for navies and governments.

University  committees have currently placed confidentiality and embargo notices on the research. Hopefully the two theses can be merged into a publicly accessible document or book in the near future.

This revisionist approach, rooted in the discipline of history identifies how research such as this and the study of the past, with a ‘lessons learnt’ or ‘ new perspectives’ mantra can be of use in decision making, management and policy construction. It additionally highlights the use of academic and academically trained consultants when developing and reforming ideas, theories and doctrine within defence and civilian organisations when aiming for success.

Beyond the core research, James engages in a variety of projects and research across defence and the discipline of miltiary history. Some of these are detailed in this journal.

James picked up the nickname ‘sea power thinker’ from British veterans of the 1982 Falklands War. He is a member of the Laughton Naval History Unit, and associate member of Kings College London’s, Centre for Grand Strategy and Kings Contemporary History Unit.

Discipline of History,

Lessons Learnt ideology, Proffesional development,

Sea Power as Strategy,

Command & control,
Maritime Influence, Orginisational Coherence, Institutional Wisdom,

Repositories of knowledge, Tradition of of Victory,

Naval instructions & Doctrine,

Theory to practice,

Scholarly mantra,

Naval message,

Fighting Spirit.