Trent Hone is a Managing Consultant with Excella and an award-winning naval historian. He works with organizations to improve their art of practice, increase effectiveness, and accelerate learning. He has helped dozens of government and commercial organizations around the world in Asia, Oceania, Europe, and North America. Trent regularly writes and speaks about organizational learning, Agile methods, and naval history. He has presented at the Annual North American Agile Conference, Lean Kanban North America, Lean Agile US, Lean Agile Scotland, the Society of Military History’s Annual Meeting, the McMullen Naval History Symposium, and numerous other conferences.
Trent co-authored Battle Line: The United States Navy, 1919-1939 and regularly writes and speaks about the Navy’s organizational learning, doctrine, and strategy. He has written chapters for several books, including To Crown the Waves: The Great Navies of the First World War and On Seas Contested: The Seven Great Navies of the Second World War. His article, “U.S. Navy Surface Battle Doctrine and Victory in the Pacific” was awarded the U.S. Naval War College’s Edward S. Miller Prize and the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Ernest M. Eller Prize. His essay, “Guadalcanal Proved Experimentation Works” earned second place in the 2017 Chief of Naval Operations Naval History Essay Contest. Trent’s latest book, Learning War: The Evolution of Fighting Doctrine in the U.S. Navy, 1898–1945, brings a new and valuable perspective that explains how the Navy improved its tactical doctrine before and during World War II. It was published by the U.S. Naval Institute in June 2018.
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