Norman Friedman


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Norman Friedman, Ph.D., is an American internationally known author and analyst, strategist, and historian.[1] He has written over 30 books and numerous articles on naval and other military matters,[1] has worked for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and has appeared on television programs including PBS, the Discovery Channel, C-SPAN, and National Geographic.[citation needed]

Norman Friedman
OccupationAuthor, Analyst, Strategist, Historian
EducationColumbia University (BA, PhD)
PeriodWorld War I, World War II, Modern Age
GenreNaval Historical, Analysis, and Strategy


Friedman holds a bachelor's and a doctorate from Columbia University in theoretical physics, completing his dissertation “Additional Scattering of Bloch Electrons by Simultaneous Imputity and Lattice Interaction” in 1974.[2][3] From 1973 to 1984, he was at the Hudson Institute, becoming Deputy Director for National Security Affairs.[clarification needed] He then[when?] worked for the United States Navy as in-house consultant.[clarification needed] From 2002 to 2004, he served as a futurologist for the United States Marine Corps.[4] He has held the position of Visiting Professor of Operations Research, University College, University of London.[5]

Friedman's articles have appeared in Joint Forces Quarterly, Jane's International Defence Review, Asian Pacific Defence Reporter, Defense Electronics, The Journal of Electronic Defense, The International Countermeasures Handbook, Armada, Defence, ORBIS, Military Technology, Naval Forces, Jane’s Navy International, Signal, The Wall Street Journal (U.S., European, and Far Eastern editions), DPA, RUSI Journal, and the Journal of Cold War Studies, among others.[1]

Awards and honorsEdit

Selected BooksEdit

  • U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History - ISBN 0-87021-739-9
  • U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History - ISBN 978-0-87021-715-9
  • U.S. Cruisers: an Illustrated Design History - ISBN 978-0-85368-651-4
  • U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: an Illustrated Design History - ISBN 978-1-55750-250-6
  • U.S. Small Combatants, Including PT Boats, Subchasers, and the Brown-Water Navy: an Illustrated Design History - ISBN 978-0-87021-713-5
  • U.S. Naval WeaponsISBN 978-0-85177-240-0
  • U.S. Naval Weapons: Every Gun, Missile, Mine and Torpedo Used By the U.S. Navy From 1883 to the Present Day - ISBN 978-0-87021-735-7
  • Naval Radar - ISBN 978-0-87021-967-2
  • American and British Aircraft Carrier Development, 1919-1941 - ISBN 978-1-59114-380-2
  • Battleship Design and Development 1905-1945 - ISBN 978-0-83170-700-2
  • Modern Warship: Design and Development - ISBN 978-0-83176-082-3
  • Submarine Design and Development - ISBN 978-0-87021-954-2
  • Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems - ISBN 978-1-55750-262-9
  • Seapower As Strategy: Navies and National Interests - ISBN 978-1-55750-291-9
  • The US Maritime Strategy - ISBN 978-0-71060-500-9
  • Postwar Naval Revolution - ISBN 978-0-85177-414-5
  • Fifty-Year War: Conflict and Strategy in the Cold War - ISBN 978-1-59114-287-4
  • Desert Victory: The War For Kuwait - ISBN 978-1-55750-254-4
  • Terrorism, Afghanistan, and America's New Way of War - ISBN 978-1-59114-290-4
  • Naval Firepower: Battleship Guns and Gunnery in the Dreadnought Era - ISBN 978-1-59114-555-4
  • Naval Weapons of World War One: Guns, Torpedoes, Mines and ASW Weapons of All NationsISBN 978-1-84832-100-7
  • Network-Centric Warfare: How Navies Learned to Fight Smarter Through Three World Wars - ISBN 978-1-59114-286-7
  • British Carrier Aviation: the Evolution of the Ships and Their Aircraft - ISBN 978-0-87021-054-9
  • The British Battleship: 1906-1946 - ISBN 978-1-84832-225-7
  • British Cruisers of the Victorian Era - ISBN 978-1-84832-099-4
  • British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After - ISBN 978-1-84832-078-9
  • British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War - ISBN 978-1-84832-049-9
  • British Destroyers and Frigates: The Second World War and After - ISBN 978-1-84832-015-4
  • Fighting the Great War at Sea: Strategy, Tactics and Technology - ISBN 978-1-84832-189-2

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Norman Friedman". Defense Media Network. Archived from the original on 1 March 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Columbia College Today". Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  3. ^ "Columbia College Today". Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  4. ^ Friedman, Norman (22 October 2014). "Fighting the Great War at Sea: Strategy, Tactic and Technology". PlayGoogle. Seaforth Publishing. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Norman Friedman Biography". Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Archived from the original on 25 February 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Event Speakers - U.S. Naval Institute". Archived from the original on 2017-12-24. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
  7. ^ "Latest NOUS Awards". Naval Order of the United States. Archived from the original on 2017-06-03. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Previous Morison Book Awards". Naval Order of the United States, New York Commandery. Archived from the original on August 27, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2017.

External linksEdit

  • US Naval Institute Listing
  • Norman Friedman at IMDb
  • Appearances on C-SPAN