Month: February 2014

Speaker — March 19, 2014
Dr. William B. Cogar on Horatio Nelson and The Battle of Trafalgar

William B. Cogar received his doctorate in history from Oxford University and is the former Director at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA. A former History Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, he also lectured at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England. Besides directing the Naval Academy Museum, Dr. Cogar was also Vice President for Collections and Research at Mystic Seaport. He is the author of various books and articles, including a multi-volume Dictionary of Admirals of the U. S. Navy. He also edited and was a contributor to Encyclopedia of Naval History (London: 1996). Bill retired recently from the Mariners Museum as President and CEO.

Dr. Cogar’s talk is entitled “Lord Horatio Nelson and The Battle of Trafalgar”. A little over two hundred years ago (1805), the most celebrated figure in naval history, Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, died at the moment of his greatest victory, the Battle of Trafalgar. Besides being a bold and innovative naval commander and a national hero, Nelson was also vain, arrogant, even cold and cruel. Through colorful illustrations, Bill Cogar will examine Nelson as a sailor, whose qualities made him a naval hero; as a God and how he has been idolized as an inspiration for others; and as a man, whose greatness was balanced by human frailties and weaknesses. Dr. Cogar has amazing illustrations from the various museums he has as sources.

From 1983 to 1998, he was a history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. In 1993, he was appointed director of the Naval Academy Museum, where he embarked on an ambitious program to expand services, revitalize the museum and increase the importance of Naval Heritage. In addition to a series of temporary exhibitions, he completed a comprehensive master plan to modernize the museum with new galleries and permanent exhibits. His efforts resulted in state-of-the-art galleries on World War II, the Cold War Navy, and the Navy in Space. For his service, Cogar was awarded the U.S. Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1998.

In 1998, Cogar joined The Mariners’ Museum as vice president and chief curator, and he worked to make the museum’s collections more accessible both actually and virtually. He supervised the collections, exhibition design and education departments and was instrumental in several major exhibitions.

Cogar joined Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut, as vice president for collections and research in 2002, managing the curatorial, photographic, publications, and intellectual property departments as well as the G.W. Blunt White Library.
In 2007, Cogar returned to The Mariners’ Museum as vice president of museum operations overseeing the curatorial, collections management, exhibit design, education, conservation, and photography departments. He also oversaw The Mariners’ Museum Library that houses the finest collection of books, manuscripts, maps, charts, and rare books in North America. In January 2008, Cogar was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Arranged by Fraser Wright

Speaker — March 12, 2014
Mike Baker, ex-CIA agent

Mike is a co-founder of Diligence LLC, which helps its clients confront difficult business challenges. In this role, they provide companies with both intelligence and analysis to enable them to identify, manage and mitigate risks stemming either from the normal flow of business, or from unanticipated contingencies.

During his career as a covert field operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Mike specialized in counter-terrorism, counter-narcotic and counter-insurgency operations. He engaged in, organized and supervised operations around the globe, working in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. Mike will talk about the top crises facing the USA: cyber-security, Iran, and North Korea.

SMA Contact: Bob Smith


Speaker — March 5, 2014
Robert L. Dilenschneider
President and Chief Executive Officer of Hill and Knowlton Inc., from 1986 to 1991

Unemployment is a nasty problem for all parts of American society and it is worse in Europe, especially among young people.

Mr. Dilenschneider will discuss this topic as well as how people at all levels can find work and how they should do it.

After leaving his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hill and Knowlton Inc. in 1991 Mr. Dilenschneider founded the Dilenschneider Group,Inc in October 1991 and serves as its Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Dilenschneider began his career in public relations in 1967, and has since worked with a wide variety of organizations. He directed communications activities during the Chilean grape tampering crisis, the US Steel/Marathon merger, the Kansas City Hyatt disaster and the Three-Mile Island accident. Mr. Dilenschneider has been Trustee of Institute Of International Education Inc. since 1989. He served as Member of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross, and serves on the advisory boards of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and the College of Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Dilenschneider received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.A. in journalism from Ohio State University.

Arranged by: Martin Skala

Speakers — February 26, 2014
Pete Radovich and Steve Karasik of CBS Sports

Game of Honor Cover

Pete Radovich and Steve Karasik of CBS Sports, who were central to the production of the Emmy Award winning documentary about the rich traditions of the Army/Navy game called “A Game of Honor”, will speak to us about the making of the documentary.

Arranged by Tom Lom