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Dr. Thomas C. Hone is well known as a scholar of naval history and an expert on-how governments, corporations, and other large bureaucracies work and evolve. He received the Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1973. Thereafter, he served on the faculty of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and on the professional staff of Booz, Allen and Hamilton, a Washington area defense contractor. Since 1988 Dr. Hone has been an instructor in the Policy and Organizational Management Department of the Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. His publications are many, and include articles in Defense Analysis, Armed Forces and Society, and other professional journals and a chapter in the Office of Air Force History's 1986 book, Air Leadership. Moreover, he authored Policy and Change: The Administrative History of the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1946-1986, the second volume in the Naval Historical Center's series, Contributions to Naval History.

Major E. Charles Kirkpatrick, USA, earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees in history at Wake Forest University and in 1987 took the Ph.D. in history from Emory University in Atlanta. He has taught at the University of Maryland, George Mason University, St. Leo College, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. From 1987 to June 1991, Dr. Kirkpatrick served on the staff of the Military Studies Branch, U.S. Army Center of Military History. His publications, both official and unofficial, include pieces on the German assault on Belgium's Fort Eben Emael, the U.S. Army and the A-10 Thunderbolt, Generals Eisenhower and MacArthur, the Army's antiaircraft service, and the Victory Plan of 1941.

Dr. Gary E. Weir was awarded the B.A. from Manhattan College in New York and in 1982 earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has teaching experience with the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and the University of Maryland. The Journal of Military History, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, and Naval Engineers Journal have presented articles by Dr. Weir and in 1991 the U.S. Naval Institute published his work on the construction of the German High Seas Fleet entitled Building the Kaiser's Navy. Dr. Weir joined the Contemporary History Branch of the Naval Historical Center in 1987. Since then he has completed for the Navy two substantial histories, Building American Submarines, 1914-1940 and Forged in War: The Naval-Industrial Complex and American Submarine Construction, 1940-1961. He is currently preparing a history of naval oceanography.

22 September 2003