Forthcoming book: Habits of Highly Effective Maritime Strategists

In production for publication in 2021, Habits of Highly Effective Maritime Strategists argues that strategy is a habit. Or rather, it is a bundle of habits that strategic leaders, uniformed or civilian, should cultivate in order to excel at the profession of arms. The book investigates the writings of Aristotle, Seneca, and many more deep thinkers along with maritime and military history, biography, and canonical works of strategic theory. This highly original work will help readers think about their profession and design their own lifelong self-education–achieving excellence for themselves and their institutions on a scale that would make Aristotle proud.

Habits of Highly Effective Maritime Strategists will appear through the Naval Institute Press, a charter member of the Association of University Presses.

Advance praise from former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work:

So, you want to be a maritime strategist when you grow up. How best to reach your noble goal? Start by reading James Holmes’ superb little volume entitled Habits of Highly Effective Maritime Strategists. Weaving history and stories about those who became successful strategists with a keen understanding of the science and art of naval warfare, this insightful book lists the habits one must adopt to succeed. Get to it!

And from Admiral John Richardson, former Chief of Naval Operations:

“The great strategist President Eisenhower once said that ‘Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.’ Now we have one of our premier maritime strategists echoing that same theme. Strategies themselves are fluid and must adapt to accommodate the changing circumstances. But sound strategic practices and experiences are everything because they help leaders recognize the need to continuously challenge their assumptions and assess progress against their aims. Professor Holmes has given us a lot to think about in shaping sound strategic habits. Be careful . . . if you develop and follow these habits, you might find that you’ve become a strategist yourself!”