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Historian, Author, and Speaker

Dr. Brian D. Laslie is the Command Historian at the United States Air Force Academy. 

A 2001 graduate of The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina and a historian of air and space power studies, Brian received his Masters degree from Auburn University Montgomery in 2006 and his Doctorate in history from Kansas State University in 2013. His first book The Air Force Way of War: U.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam (Kentucky, 2015) was published in the Spring of 2015 and landed on the 2016 Chief-of-Staff of the Air Force's Reading List. and the 2017 Royal Air Force's Chief of the Air Staff Reading List.

"Captain" Laslie was Honorably Discharged from the United States Air Force in 2007. Brian enjoys reading, baseball, college football, and all things Disney.  A lifelong fan of the Atlanta Braves, he also counts the K-State Wildcats and the Denver Broncos as his favorite teams.  He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two daughters. You can also find more of his work on the Website Balloons to Drones where he is a co-editor: .

Brian Laslie presents history in a formidable style that challenges the reader to evaluate facts and question the conclusions he derives from them. His latest book, Air Power’s Lost Cause, divides and analyzes the U.S. Air Force’s combat in the Vietnam War into six parts. The book is part of the War and Society Series, which investigates the history of the conduct of war, along with its social consequences.

― The VVA Veteran 

"A fascinating look into the inner workings of the Army Air Corps, Army Air Force, and United States Air Force, as it developed into one of the most powerful air forces in the world."

―Journal of America's Military History Past

"More than a history for aircrew, this selection examines how innovative thinkers of the time, including then Major John Jumper, Moody Suter, and John Warden, advanced ideas and concepts despite the obstacles arrayed against them."

―Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List 2016

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