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History Department

Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong, CDR, USN

Assistant Professor
(Permanent Military Professor)

War Studies, Naval History

Phone: (410) 293-6258

U.S. Naval Academy
History Department (12C)
107 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD 21402


  • Ph.D. - King’s College, London
  • M.A. - Norwich University
  • B.S. - U.S. Naval Academy

Courses Taught

  • HH104 - American Naval History
  • HH386 - History of Air Power
  • HH462 - The Navy in the Wars of the Early Republic (Research Seminar)
  • HH482 - Advanced Concepts in History


Research/Work in Progress:

Small Boats & Daring Men: Maritime Raiding, Naval Irregular Warfare, and the Early American Navy, forthcoming from The University of Oklahoma Press in spring of 2019.


Ed., 21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern Era (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2015).

Ed., 21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2013).

Selected Academic Journal Articles & Chapters

"'Against the Common Enemies': American Allies and Partners in the First Barbary War," The Trafalgar Chronicle, New Series, No. 2 (December 2017).

“‘Zeal Intelligence and Intrepidity’: Naval Irregular Warfare and the War of 1812 on the Lakes,” Mariner’s Mirror, Vol. 103, No. 1 (February 2017).

“The New Young Turks,” Naval War College Review, Vol. 68, No. 4 (Autumn 2015).

“D-All of the Above: Connecting 21st Century Naval Doctrine to Strategy,” Infinity Journal, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Summer 2015).

"Immediate Redress:  The USS Potomac and the Pirates of Quallah Battoo," Small Wars & Insurgencies, Vol. 24, No. 1, (February 2013).

“Living in a Mahanian World,” Infinity Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Summer 2012).

“The Most Daring Act of the Age: Principles for Naval Irregular Warfare,” Naval War College Review, Vol. 63, No. 4 (Autumn 2010).

“China…From the Sea: The Importance of Chinese Naval History,” Strategic Insights, Vol. 6, No. 6, (December 2007).

Selected Professional & Magazine Articles

“Hard to Lee: New Naval Priorities in a Multipolar World,” U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Vol. 143, No. 4 (April 2017).

“An Act of War on the Eve of Revolution,” Naval History Magazine, Vol. 30, No. 1 (February 2016).

“A Daring Defense in the Azores,” Naval History Magazine, Vol. 28, No. 2 (April 2013).

“Daring Moves on the Niagara,” Naval History Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 5 (October 2013).

“If We Are to Remain a World Power,” U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Vol. 139, No. 5 (May 2013).

"America's Daring Frigate Captains," Armchair General Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 1 (January 2013).

"Leadership & Command," U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Vol. 138, No. 7 (September 2012).

“Fix Navy PME!” U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Vol. 138, No. 7 (July 2012).

“Unleashing the MH-60S Knighthawk,” U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Vol. 138, No. 3 (April 2012).

“Nothing Like a Good Maritime Raid,” U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Vol. 138, No. 2 (February 2012).

Academic & Professional Service/Engagement

H-Maritime Advisory Board: 2014-Present

Series Editor, 21st Century Foundations, Naval Institute Press: 2015-Present

Senior Editor, War on the Rocks: 2015- Present

Editorial Board, U.S. Naval Institute: 2012-2016

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