Researcher of Sea power, Historian-Theorist,

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James is a  British postgraduate researcher, focused on the field of naval history and theory, maritime strategy, sea power and related defence, security issues and 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 by operationalising history. This is coupled with a commitment to the development of these disciplines, its theories, and the protection of global naval heritage.

As a researcher, James engages and debates across a broad spectrum of pertinent issues that shapes our world today, in particular, the challenging aspects of current defence and security and its relationship with naval strategy. James is an advocate of naval power to maintain the peace and ensuring the ‘naval perspective’ does not go unheard.

This website acts as a journal through academic research and professional development including some of mpublished works and projects.

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 Victory,

instructions & Doctrine,

Theory to practice,

Historians as Futurists,

Strategic Thinking,

Scholarly mantra,

Naval message,

Fighting Spirit.

Academic Research

James is based in the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. Research that is rigorous, examining and probing 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 its 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’ in conjunction with the development of military theory. The research examines areas such as the higher organisation of defence, command/control, civil-military relationship, interservice rivalry, planning and the management of navies including the efficiency and effectiveness of defence ministries\departments of defense. On completion of this research, James would have studied this issue for 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.

The University has currently placed confidentiality and embargo notices on the research. Hopefully, the two theses can be merged into a publicly accessible document or publication.

This revisionist, ‘back to basics’ approach, rooted in the discipline of history identifies how research such as this and the study of the past, with a ‘lessons learnt’, ‘ new perspectives’ or challenging the ‘status quo’ mantra can be of use in decision-making, management and policy construction in defence and security. 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 military history. Some of these are detailed in this journal. By definition, James is historian leaning towards theorist with teachings of Professor John Laughton, Sir Julian Corbett and Captain Alfred Mahan being a common rubric to his work ethos. This ethos has resulted in him encouraging a more productive relationship between historian-theorists and practitioners while also being an advocate for operationalising history in the military and by civilian decision makers across policy, doctrine and organisational practices such as institutional coherence.

James was ‘bestowed’ the nickname ‘sea power thinker’ from British veterans of the 1982 Falklands War. He is a member of the Laughton Naval History Unit, an associate member of Kings College London’s, Centre for Grand Strategy and Kings Contemporary History Unit. He also collaborates with the U.S. Naval War College’s John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research.