Events · The Friends of Preston Library

The Friends of Preston Library 2011 Spring Program


Col. Muir makes a point.

The Friends of Preston Library hosted its spring program, Friday, April 8, at 3:00 p.m., in the Turman Room of Preston Library. Our featured speaker was

Col. Muir and FPL Chairman Eric Osborne

Col. Malcolm Muir. Col. Muir spoke on “‘Why Should We Have a Navy at All’?: Drawdown, Service Rivalries, and the Atomic Bomb in the Post-World War II Era.”



Col. Muir gave an engaging talk and highlighted the situation of the U S military after WW2–its enormous size, massive drawdown, and the resultant inter-service fights for priority and resources. Following the presentation, members of the audience asked a number of interesting questions.

Col. Muir holds the George J. Collins, Sr., Chair of Military History at VMI and heads the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis. A recognized authority of military history, Col. Muir is an engaging speaker who has written on numerous areas of military history, especially the Cold War and naval warfare.


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