On 12 November 2015, the Naval History and Heritage Command launched a new program with the first in a series of ten talks on the historiography of selected topics on Needs and Opportunities in Modern U.S. Naval History with the presentation of a talk by Dr. Thomas Hone on the historiography of Navy programming and acquisition since 1950. Nine talks followed, the last being delivered in August 2016. You will find essays based on those talks posted here as they are prepared and edited. We intend the series to serve as a guide, and in many ways set the agenda, for the study of modern U.S. naval history for the next twenty years.