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Brian Laslie

Adjunct Professor 

Dr. Brian D. Laslie, Command Historian, United States Air Force Academy, previously served as the Deputy Command Historian, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command and as Historian, 1st Fighter Wing.  In 2011, he was deployed as the Air Forces Central Command (Forward) Historian, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from September 2011 to January 2012.

A historian of air power studies, Dr. Laslie received his Bachelor’s degree in history from The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina in 2001, his Master’s from Auburn University Montgomery in 2006 and his Doctorate from Kansas State University in 2013. His dissertation focused on the realistic training revolution that took place in the USAF after Vietnam and the impact of training exercises on Desert Storm and Allied Force. His first book The Air Force Way of War: U.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam (University Press of Kentucky) was published in June of 2015 and was selected for the 2016 Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s professional reading list and the Royal Air Force’s Chief of the Air Staff’s reading list in 2017.  His second book, Architect of Air PowerGeneral Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth the US Air Force was released in September 2017. He also has a chapter titled “Born of Insubordination: Culture, Professionalism, and Identity in the Air Arm,” in Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Profession and Ethics in October 2018 with other members of The Strategy Bridge. His most recent book: Air Power’s Lost Cause: The U.S. Air Wars of Vietnam was published in the Spring of 2021 

Dr. Laslie was Honorably Discharged from the United States Air Force in 2007.


Contact Information


Ph.D. Kansas State University
M.A. Auburn University Montgomery
B.A. The Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Vita: Dr. Laslie

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