Closing Keynote: Riding the Trough: ASTA Successes in Hard Times


The economic climate over the last year has been, shall we say, less than conducive for sail training.  How have ASTA organizations done?  Remarkably well, it turns out.  With financial, not to mention a whole host of other pressures working against us, the sail training community is weathering this storm pretty well.  Challenges and successes punctuate ASTA activity for the last year with the balance pointing towards a brighter future.  This presentation looks at the risks we’ve faced and the triumphs we’ve achieved since our last annual conference.

Biography of Speaker: CAPT Eric Shaw, USCG (Ret.)

Eric Shaw
Eric Shaw

Professor Shaw joined the faculty of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island following his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard at the rank of Captain and as commanding officer of Coast Guard Barque EAGLE, “America’s Tall Ship.”  His operational career also included assignments as commanding officer of the 270-foot medium-endurance Coast Guard Cutter LEGARE (WMEC 912), Portsmouth, Virginia; executive officer of CGC NORTHLAND (WMEC 904), Portsmouth, VA; operations officer of CGC SENECA (WMEC 906), Boston, Massachusetts; and combat information center officer and anti-submarine warfare officer of CGC JARVIS (WHEC 725), Honolulu, Hawaii. His afloat service also included navigator of Barque EAGLE and underway deck watch officer aboard CGC COURAGEOUS (WMEC 622).

 Dr. Shaw is the course coordinator for the intermediate level Joint Military Operations program at the Naval War College, one of the three core courses in the Master of Arts program.  He also teaches in the senior level program.  Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor in the graduate faculty of Salve Regina University teaching research methods and the history of technology.

 Professor Shaw attended the College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I., and followed on as a faculty member of the Naval Staff College, Naval War College, where he taught strategy and policy, international law, and maritime policy. He also taught nautical science at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.

 His shore assignments also included school chief of the Command and Operations School and deputy director of the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center at the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut; inaugurating the Coast Guard liaison position at the Navy Warfare Development Command, Newport, RI; and public affairs officer and flag lieutenant to the first district commander, Boston, Mass.

 Dr. Shaw earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech. He holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the University of New Haven, a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a Ph.D. in Humanities from Salve Regina University. His Ph.D. dissertation was titled “Controls on Developing Technology: U.S. Commercial Air Transportation During the Interwar Period, 1919-1939.”

 Professor Shaw is a native of Alexandria, Va. He is married to the former Adrienne Corbeille of Mystic, Conn. Their daughter, Erin, is fourteen years old.


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