Candidate Profile

History - Maritime
History - Naval
Oceanography & Hydrography
Wes retired from US Department of Defense as Professor of Program Management at Defense Acquisition University. He taught advance Program Management and System Engineering Classes. He was Course Manager for System Engineering class.

He was Chief Engineer for MH-60R at Naval Air Systems Command. He led the engineering team to return the MH-60R to Operational Test after testing was suspended. He led engineering team on $1 billion multi-year procurement contract award.

He was Chief Engineer for MV-22 Development at Naval Air Systems Command. He led engineering to team to return V-22’s after the program was grounded. He led three developments, safe to fly for test (test aircraft), safe to fly in training (Block A), and safe to deploy operationally (Block B). He led engineering team on the $875 million contract award.

Wes has many years of experience in flying and working as an engineer on the P-3C. He was the Avionics Systems Program Engineer at NAVAIR. He also led Test and Evaluation Team P-3C Maverick and SLAM Missile integration.

Wes is a retired Naval Flight Officer, US Navy (Active and Reserve) in the P-3 aircraft as Navigator/Communicator, Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander.

Wes graduated from Purdue University (BS in Electrical Engineering), Penn State University (MS in Engineering) and US Naval War College.

Wes has over 280 days at sea on cruise ships as a guest. He is an accomplished open ocean navigator using celestial navigation on the sea and in the air.

Peloponnesian War

A series of lectures on the War between Sparta and Athens circa 430 BCE.
This series can be modified to be presented a single overview lecture.
Three to Five lectures on the War including the Naval Battles including the landing in Sicily.

Military History in the Mediterranean

1. The Cold War in the Mediterranean – Who and Where

The two major superpowers military were active in the Mediterranean throughout the Cold War. This lecture is the position of forces and objectives in the 1970s throughout the 1980s.

2. The Cold War in the Mediterranean – Naval Activity

Where the United States and the USSR Naval Forces were positioned, their bases and anchorages and what types of ships and submarines played in the Cold War.

3. The Cold War in the Mediterranean – Major actions

Some of the incidents and actions of the forces of the United States and the USSR throughout the Mediterranean in the 1970s and 1980s.

4. The Cold War in the Mediterranean – My time hunting submarines
A brief history of my time hunting USSR submarines in the Mediterranean from the early 1980s through the early 1990s. How we found and tracked USSR submarines.

Defense Acquisition, Program Management

1. Defense Acquisition Basics, How to buy a $600 toilet seat
The true story buying $600 toilet seat. I will share true story of buying $600 toilet seat instead of $10 toilet seat from Wal Mart. This is the story of the professionals buying items for the military.

2. Defense Acquisition Basics, How money flows or doesn’t to develop and buy items
How we get money for programs to develop, buy, and field equipment in the military. Congressional funding through the flow of money to contractors who produces the equipment.

3. Defense Acquisition Basics, The steps to develop a system from concept to deployment
The System Engineering process is explained for the layman. Defining the requirements, developing the specification, awarding the contracts, and development of the equipment.

4. Defense Acquisition Advance, How acquisition professionals are trained
The story of the Defense Acquisition University and training of the thousands of professionals working for the government buying everything from aviation fuel, ships, airplanes, and tanks.

Military Aviation Development and Test

1. The story of the V-22 development
The V-22 program started in the 1980’s and fielded in 2007. Canceled and reborn, major accidents and redeveloped, this is the story. Now in service the US Navy, US Air Force and the US Marines.

2. Disaster in the V-22 program and its rebirth
Four major accidents resulting grounding of all V-22s. This is the story from the aircrafts grounding through its redevelopment to become one of the finest assets of the US Marines.

3. Testing of military aircraft and systems, P-3 missile testing
This is the story of adding Maverick and SLAM Missile capability. The design and installation of new avionics on the aircraft through captive carriage and test launches of the missiles.

4. The story of the MH-60R operational test and retest
The MH-60R helicopter pulled out of Operational Testing when it was clear it was not ready. This is how the aircraft was fixed and retested. Now the primary antisubmarine/surface search platforming the US Navy.

Navigation at Sea

1. Navigation on the open ocean before GPS, Celestial during the Day
The sun and moon are used to find our position. Also history of the development of an accurate time piece to determined longitude Will cover both ship and aircraft navigation.

2. Navigation on the open ocean before GPS, Celestial at dawn and dusk.
The use of stars, planets and the moon just before sunrise and just after sunset to determine our position at sea. Will be tailored to time of year and position of lecture.

3. Navigation using Celestial, what are the objects we use to navigate and how do we know where they are
Celestial Navigational objects include stars, planets, sun and the moon. How we find them in the sky, identify them, and then use them to actually find our position at sea. Will be tailored to time of year and position of lecture.

4. Interesting Open Ocean topics, How do they know what time is sunrise and sunset and other interesting items in the sky.
How does the Ship know what time sunrise and sunset will occur while we are at sea. We will also discuss civil, nautical, and astronomical twilight and how they are determined and their significance. Tailored for location of the ship.

Oceanography / Naval History

1. How Sound Travels through the Ocean
This topic will discuss the propagation of sound through the water as a baseline to discussing how to find and track subsurface objects moving through the ocean (think submarines)

2. The Art of Finding and Tracking Submarines in the Ocean
This topic will explain the art of finding submarines using their sound signature (passive) and use of active sound transmission (SONAR). Once the submarine is found it will talk of the art of tracking.

3. Advanced topic in submarine detection and tracking
This topic is under development to include additions items from the previous lecture and to cover other non-acoustic methods such as radar detection of submarines that raise a mast, pericope, snorkel or other structure above the surface of the ocean.

4. Submarines of the countries near our cruising location
The submarines of nearby countries and major submarine countries will be presented. Could there be submarines patrolling the waters near where we are cruising.


1. How to take a World Cruise from a Seasoned World Cruiser
An unofficial Magellan Club traveler who has participated on two World Cruises with another scheduled soon. What to expect, pack, and how to be away from home for months at a time.