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SPEAKERS' BIOGRAPHIES

David A. Rosenberg has had a long and distinguished career as an analyst of 20th century U.S. military and naval affairs and the modern history of the U.S. Navy. He is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on American nuclear strategy. He earned the B.A. degree at American University in 1970 and took the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history at the University of Chicago in 1971 and 1983, respectively. Dr. Rosenberg's doctoral dissertation is entitled "Toward Armageddon: Foundations of U.S. Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1961." His career has combined government service and academic scholarship. Since the 1970s, he has completed numerous studies for the Defense Department and served on the faculty of the universities of Wisconsin and Houston, Temple University, and the Naval War College. He was the first military historian awarded a research grant by the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is the author of numerous book chapters, articles, and book reviews and is preparing a biography of Admiral Arleigh Burke.

Jacob Neufeld represents the best of the U.S. government's corps of historians. He began his service with the U.S. Air Force in 1967 as a command historian with the Eighth Air Force at Westover, Massachusetts. In 1970 he joined the Office of Air Force History, now the Center of Air Force History, at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. He has served as head of the Center and several of its branches. Jack Neufeld holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from New York University. He is the author or co-author of comprehensive Air Force histories, including The Vietnam War; Air War Over Vietnam: Aircraft of the Southeast Asia Conflict; Life in the Rank and File; The Makers of the United States Air Force; and The Development of Ballistic Missiles in the United States Air Force, 1945-1960.

Norman Polmar is an internationally known analyst, writer, and authority on contemporary strategy and modern navies, especially the U.S. Navy. Since 1980, he has served as an advisor and consultant to senators, representatives, the Navy Department and Defense Department, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has authored numerous articles and over 25 books, including (with Thomas B. Allen) Rickover: Controversy and Genius; Guide to the Soviet Navy; and the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was the Editor of the U.S. sections of Janes Fighting Ships. He is currently serving as the editor of the English language version of a joint American-Russian History of the Russian-Soviet Navy.


23 September 2003