Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture, United States Naval Academy, 1974. Master of Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 1989.
Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1974;
advanced through grades to Lieutenant, United States Navy, 1980;
resigned, United States Navy, 1980;
process engineer, assembly division, General Motors, Fremont, California, 1981-1982;
civilian naval architect, Office of Naval Intelligence, Washington, 1982-1983;
senior naval architect, John Jay McMullen Associations, Arlington, Virginia, 1983-1985;
John M. Olin fellow, Yale University, New Haven, 1989-1990;
professor of history, James Madison U., Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1990-1995;
professor of history, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland., since 1995. Member United States Commision on Military History. Fellow Inter-University Seminar on ArmedForces and Society.
Member of national advisory board Protect Historic American.
Member Society for Military History, Society for History of Technology (Robinson prizecom.), History of Science Society, DAV. M C.
Married Sally Chase Gorman, September 11, 1987. Children: William Gorman, Emily Woods, Kylie Chenault.