Talbot Manvel is a retired U.S. Navy Captain who served as an engineering officer specializing in aircraft carriers. He served on three, assisted in building two, and ended his career developing the new FORD class of aircraft carriers. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972, earned a masters in mechanical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1979, a masters in liberal arts from St John’s College in 2008, and graduated from Objectivist Academic Center in 2010. He teaches at the U.S. Naval Academy, consults on naval engineering matters, and supports the Ayn Rand Institute.