Michael Petersen is the Director of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute and an Associate Professor at the United States Naval War College. His work focuses on researching high-intensity maritime warfare. Prior to his appointment, he served in a variety of advisory and policy positions in the U.S. Government. He is the author Missiles for the Fatherland: Peenemuende, National Socialism, and the V-2 Missile (Cambridge University Press, 2009, 2011) as well as articles, essays, and book chapters on military intelligence and strategic weapons history. He has also published in outlets such as The National Interest and War on the Rocks.