Dr. Bernard D. Cole teaches courses on Sino-American Relations and Maritime Strategy at the US National War College. He has written numerous articles and six books: Gunboats and Marines: The U.S. Navy in China; The Great Wall at Sea: China's Navy Enters the 21st Century; The Great Wall at Sea: China's Navy in the Twenty-First Century; Oil for the Lamps of China: Beijing's 21st Century Search for Energy; Taiwan’s Security: History and Prospects; and Sealanes and Pipelines: Energy Security in Asia. Dr. Cole earned an A.B. in History from the University of North Carolina, an M.P.A. (National Security Affairs) from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in History from Auburn University. He previously served 30 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy, all in the Pacific.
Dr. Cole commanded a frigate, USS RATHBURNE, and Destroyer Squadron 35. He served as a Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer with the Third Marine Division in Vietnam, and as Special Assistant to the CNO for Expeditionary Warfare.