Dwight Hughes graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 and served twenty years as a surface warfare officer. For fifteen years, he managed software development projects relating to electronic mapping under contract for the United States Geological Survey. He holds an MA in Political Science, East Asian studies from the University of Rochester and an MS in Information Systems Management from USC. Dwight now writes on the past (Civil War naval history) and on current events. He and his wife Judi live in Virginia.