An Admiral’s Compass: Reflections on Leadership, Military Strategy and Maritime Security


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An Admiral’s Compass is a reflection of works based on the experience of a naval aviator, a seaman, war veteran, military diplomat and two-star Admiral that is intended to share knowledge across the spectrum of personnel in the military in particular and those that are responsible for the management of the defence establishment. It is also intended to enlighten the larger members of security institutions and communities with information on leadership, military/naval strategy and maritime security as concepts.

It will inspire the understanding of their various functions without the attendant clash of interest between maritime military institutions. It avoids the duplication of national assets in the pursuit of various mandates. Albeit, as a collective, under a central national coordinated effort, the aspirations for a better-secured nation will be achieved.

An Admiral’s Compass is not only a storehouse of knowledge but it is also easy to read, ensuring that the concepts/definitions are recent and relevant for long term purposes. While more emphasis was made on the maritime domain, it however ensures that it is adaptable for other military and services personnel in this era of Nigeria’s Joint/Combined Defence Doctrine.


About the author.

Rear Admiral Francis D. Akpan (rtd) is the Managing Director of Fradan Iquoson Services Limited. He is a retired naval officer having served as a Directing Staff at Armed Forces Command & Staff College and the National Defence College. He has also served as a Defence Adviser to South Africa, a Flag Officer commanding the Western Naval Command and Naval Training Command of the Nigerain Navy (NN) amongst others He is a renowned researcher and speaker and has address audiences across Africa and Europe, championing conversations on maritime security and strategy alongside the improvement of the operational effectiveness of the NN.

Admiral Akpan is a multiple-award recipient and consults for various organisations within and outside the naval ecosystem. He is an alumnus of the University of Ibadan where he obtained a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies

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Rear Admiral Francis D. Akpan (RTD)




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