ISS Honors John Hattendorf

November 2, 2016

International Security Studies was pleased to be able to celebrate the retirement of John Hattendorf from the US Naval War College. Professor Hattendorf has served as the Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History for more than thirty years, and is one of the leading figures in the field of naval and maritime history.

Professor Hattendorf has long been a friend of ISS and its staff. ISS’s Associate Director, Evan Wilson, was one of the editors and contributors to a Festschrift for Professor Hattendorf, entitled Strategy and the Sea. Professor Paul Kennedy, ISS’s Director, also contributed to the volume, which includes essays on naval history and strategy from 1500 to the present. Predoctoral Fellow Nicholas Prime also has a close relationship with Professor Hattendorf, having served as his research assistant before pursuing his doctoral work.

Last week, the College honored Professor Hattendorf’s career with a celebration at the Admiral’s quarters at the College. Wilson and Prime served as ISS’s representatives, and presented Professor Hattendorf with a framed photo of the First Yale Unit. The Unit was formed when the US entered the First World War, and consisted of a number of Yale students and alumni. They served as a naval air reconnaissance unit, and the photograph depicts them training on Long Island Sound.

All of us at ISS wish Professor Hattendorf a restful and productive retirement!