- Armaments races, especially the Anglo-German naval race.
- The origins of modern wars, especially the First World War.
- Military and Naval Intelligence and threat assessment.
My current research focuses on the Royal Navy during the era of the Anglo-German antagonism. As a result, I write books and articles that are mostly about British naval policy, armaments races, espionage, battleship building and naval strategy. One of these articles, a study of the origins and creation of the Home Fleet in 1902, won the Julian Corbett Prize, the UK’s principal award for excellence in Naval History.
Research grants and projects
The Anglo-German Naval Arms Race and the Origins of the First World War
AHRC Fellowship The Royal Navy and the German Threat, 1901 - 1914 £63,347 January - August 2011