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Vote in CIMSEC’s 2020-2021 Officer Elections

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CIMSEC’s officer elections are here! Please vote on the next round of volunteers who will continue advancing CIMSEC’s priorities of shaping the discourse on maritime security and building a community of engaged thinkers. 

See the voting form and candidate bios below. Elections will close on Friday, August 21.

Jimmy Drennan

Lieutenant Commander Jimmy Drennan is a surface warfare officer and has served as president of the Center for International Maritime Security since early 2019.

Chris  O’Connor

Chris O’Connor is a U.S. Naval Officer. He has 15 years of experience as a Supply Corps Officer, with four deployments on a variety of platforms. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, and an alumnus of the CNO Strategic Studies Group and the CNO Rapid Innovation Cell. His work has been featured by CIMSEC, Small Wars Journal, and the Atlantic Council.

Dmitry Filipoff

Dmitry Filipoff graduated from the University of California, Merced in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science. He has served as CIMSEC’s Director of Online Content since June 2015. 

Steph Umbert

Steph Umbert recently completed his Master of International Affairs (MIA) program at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York, where he Concentrated in International Security Policy and Specialized in East Asian Studies and International Conflict Resolution. His graduate studies at SIPA built on academic foundations in Economics and Political Science, in which he holds a double major Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and Legal Studies, in which he holds a Diploma, laid prior in DC and Florida where he studied at George Washington University, the University of Miami, and American Heritage School. He also has experience in legislative politics, track-two diplomacy, and political analysis gained on Capitol Hill and on Manhattan. From his earliest days he has held and pursued, among other things, an intense interest in history, including military history, and in the broad spectrum of military affairs, from the development of technological capabilities and doctrines to the deterioration of veteran relations and regimes. He is a native of Florida born to naturalized immigrant parents and he has traveled extensively across both the Western Hemisphere and Eurasia.

Mark Jbeily 

Lieutenant (j.g.) Mark Jbeily is  currently in the naval aviation training pipeline in Kingsville, Texas. Prior to flight school, he graduated from the University of Texas and subsequently the University of Oxford with a masters in international relations. He has written for the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and his article entitled “An Ace For All Seasons” won first prize in the 2017 Emerging and Disruptive Technologies essay contest.

Eugene Yang

Captain Eugene Yang is an active duty Marine Infantry Officer currently stationed at Fort Meade serving as a Defensive Cyber Operations Officer. He has deployed to the East-Asia Pacific as a platoon commander with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, and served in temporary assignments with the Department of State both in Washington D.C. and abroad in China. He holds the additional military occupational specialty of China Foreign Area Officer and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and from the University of Oxford with a dual Master of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration in 2016. He has two publications on Natural Language Processing on the analysis of political sentiment using Twitter data. His parents immigrated to America from Taiwan in the 80s, and he was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. 


Announcing the 2020 CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers: Nominations Now Open

By Jimmy Drennan

On August 27 CIMSEC will host the sixth annual CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR), an event where our readers and the public get to select the top CIMSEC authors of the preceding year, and engage with them on their work and topics of interest. The evening will provide a chance to engage your favorite CIMSEC contributors, hear their thoughts on how their pieces have held up, and explore their predictions.

Thanks to the generous partnership of CNA we are pleased to offer a professional conference on a range of maritime security issues. For the first time ever, we will hold CFAR virtually via Zoom, so it will be easier than ever to join in the discussion no matter where in the world you are!

Event Details

July 14–23: Nominations open
July 27–31: Voting on finalists
August 7: Winners and speakers lineup announced

August 27th: CFAR launches (all times in Eastern Standard Time)
6:00pm-6:15pm: Welcome
6:15pm-8:00pm: Author presentations and Q&As
Platform: Zoom (webcast link to be announced closer to the event)

How will the speakers be chosen? All CIMSEC readers are welcome to submit nominations for articles with the only criteria that the article nominated must have published on CIMSEC on or after June 8th, 2019. After nominations close, CIMSEC members will vote on the selected pieces and the finalists will receive invites to speak at CFAR. Not yet a member? Consider joining CIMSEC for free!

Submit your nominations using the form below.

We hope you can join us for an exciting event where authors chosen by CIMSEC readers will present on their writing and research. See you on August 27!

Jimmy Drennan is the President of CIMSEC. Contact him at

Announcing The New Chicago CIMSEC Chapter

By LT Akshat Patel

We are extremely excited to announce the founding of a CIMSEC chapter in the hometown of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover – the “Father of the American Nuclear Navy.” In keeping with Admiral Rickover’s legacy, the founder and first president of the Chicago chapter is also a nuclear submariner!

If you are in the Chicago area, get in touch!

President: LT Akshat Patel


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LT Akshat Patel is a Submarine Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. He attended Boston University on a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship and earned a B.A. in Economics. He is currently an instructor at the U.S. Navy’s only boot camp and previously served aboard the USS HAWAII for three years. His primary interests are undersea warfare, geopolitics, and management consulting. 

Featured Image: Chicago skyline (Wikimedia Commons)

The Return of the Sea Control Podcast

By Jared Samuelson

Sea Control! Our podcast dedicated to all things maritime security makes its triumphant return. New host Jared Samuelson introduces himself and provides a brief preview of the new format. Plus: great music by Kimber’s Men!

Download The Return of the Sea Control Podcast Teaser Here

Jared Samuelson is a career U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer. He previously commanded USS Whirlwind (PC 11). He produces and hosts CIMSEC’s Sea Control podcast. His work has appeared on CIMSEC and War on the Rocks.