From the editors

From the editors


Strategic Surprise? U.S.-China Relations in the Early Twenty-first Century, edited by Jonathan D. Pollack, has just been issued by the Press. Dr. Pollack is director of the Strategic Research Department in the Naval War College’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies and chairman of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group. The papers he has collected in this volume were first presented at the Naval War College’s Asia-Pacific Forum, held here in Newport on 6-7 February 2003. The conference and book were made possible by the generosity of the Raytheon Corporation, through the Naval War College Foundation. Strategic Surprise? is available at $27 ($23 for Foundation members) from the Naval War College Foundation Museum Store (401-848-8300), or by e-mail at


Admiral H. Kent Hewitt, whose career spanned the first fifty years of the twentieth century, played a leading role in the World War II Allied invasions of North Africa and southern Europe. He also had a long and close association with the Naval War College; the College’s Ecdes Library is housed in Hewitt Hall, named in his memory. His memoirs, edited by Dr. Evelyn Cherpak, archivist of the Naval War College, have just been issued by the Naval War College Press. Covering his ancestry, boyhood, early education, Naval Academy experience, and active-duty years, the memoirs were among the admiral’s papers presented by his family to the College’s Naval Historical Collection, overseen by Dr. Cherpak, between 1973 and 1976. The Memoirs of Admiral H. Kent Hewitt, 1887-1972 is available from the Naval War College Foundation Museum Store.


Dr. John B. Hattendorf, Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History and chairman of the College’s Maritime History Department, has generously undertaken to produce, first, an essay-length history of publishing at the Naval War College and of the Naval War College Press specifically; and second, a permanent display of materials on the subject. Watch for the article in future issues, and for the display when you visit Founders Hall, which houses both our offices and the College’s Museum. (The exhibit will be replicated “virtually” on our website, and a smaller display will appear in the planned Museum annex in Newport’s historic Fort Adams.)


The Naval War College Foundation intends to award one grant of $1,000 to the researcher who has the greatest need and can make the optimum use of research materials for naval history located in the Naval War College’s Archives, Naval Historical Collection, and Henry E. Eccles Library. A guide to the College’s manuscript, archival, and oral history collections may be found on the Naval War College’s website, (click on “Library,” then “Library Publications,” then “Naval Historical Collection”). Further information on the collections and copies of the registers for specific collections are available on request from the Head, Naval Historical Collection (e-mail

The recipient will be a Research Fellow in the Naval War College’s Maritime History Department, which will provide administrative support during the research visit. Submit a detailed research proposal that includes statement of need and plan for optimal use of Naval War College materials, curriculum vitae, at least one letter of recommendation, and relevant background information to Miller Naval History Fellowship Committee, Naval War College Foundation, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, R.I., 02841-1207, by 1 August 2004. Employees of the U.S. Naval War College or any agency of the U.S. Department of Defense are not eligible for consideration; EEO/AA regulations apply.


The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) will hold its annual conference 24-27 June 2004 at the University of Texas at Austin. The conference will be attended by approximately three hundred academics and professionals working in the fields of history and international relations both in the United States and abroad. The 2004 conference will highlight recent innovations in cultural history, cultural studies, and military history as they pertain to diplomatic history, under the theme of “Borderlands, Frontiers, Peace, and War.” For further information contact the conference coordinator, Sara Wilson, at, or telephone (512) 471-3261.


Subscribe (free of charge) to our Newport Papers monograph series or obtain copies of specific titles by contacting the editorial office at (401) 841-2236 or

1. “Are We Beasts?” Churchill and the Moral Question of World War II “Area Bombing,” by Christopher C. Harmon

2. Toward a Pax Universalis: A Historical Critique of the National Military Strategy for the 1990s, by Gary W. Anderson

3. The “New” Law of the Sea and the Law of Armed Conflict at Sea, by Horace B. Robertson, Jr.

4. Global War Game: The First Five Years, by Bud Hay and Bob Gile

5. Beyond Mahan: A Proposal for a U.S. Naval Strategy in the Twenty-First Century, by Gary W. Anderson

6. The Burden of Trafalgar: Decisive Battle and Naval Strategic Expectations on the Eve of the First World War, by Jan S. Breemer

7. Mission in the East: The Building of an Army in a Democracy in the New German States, by Mark E. Victorson

8. Physics and Metaphysics of Deterrence: The British Approach, by Myron A. Greenberg

9. A Doctrine Reader: The Navies of the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Spain, by James J. Tritten and Luigi Donolo

10. Chaos Theory: The Essentials for Military Applications, by Glenn E. James

11. The International Legal Ramifications of United States Counter-Proliferation Strategy: Problems and Prospects, by Frank Gibson Goldman

12. What Color Helmet? Reforming Security Council Peaeekeeping Mandates, by Myron H. Nordquist

13. Sailing New Seas, by J. Paul Reason, with David G. Freymann

14. Theater Ballistic Missile Defense from the Sea: Issues for the Maritime Component Commander, by Charles C. Swicker

15. International Law and Naval War: The Effect of Marine Safety and Pollution Conventions during International Armed Conflict, by Sonja Ann Jozef Boelaert-Suominen

16. The Third Battle: Innovation in the U.S. Navy’s Silent Cold War Struggle with Soviet Submarines, by Owen R. Cote, Jr.

17. The Limits of Transformation: Officer Attitudes toward the Revolution in Military Affairs, by Thomas G. Mahnken and James R. FitzSimonds

18. Military Transformation and the Defense Industry after Next: The Defense Industrial Implications of Network-centric Warfare, by Peter J. Dombrowski, Eugene Gholz, and Andrew L. Ross

19. The Evolution of the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Strategy, 1977-1986, by John B. Hattendorf.

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