Lieutenant Commander Matt Noland is a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer with experience on Aegis Cruisers. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School in Newport, Rhode Island, and is currently serving as an Operational Planner on the U.S. Seventh Fleet Staff in Yokosuka, Japan. He has completed deployments to the western Pacific, the Arabian Gulf, and earned recognition as the Carrier Strike Group One Tactician of the Year for 2013. The views expressed here are the author’s alone and do not reflect those of the US Navy, the Seventh Fleet Commander, or the Department of Defense.