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Dr. Tami Davis Biddle

TAMI DAVIS BIDDLE is professor of history and national security strategy at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), Carlisle, PA. She was chair of the USAWC Faculty Council from July 2014 to July 2016, and is currently the director of the USAWC’s “Theory of War and Strategy” course. She was the 2011-2013 Hoyt S. Vandenberg chair of aerospace studies at the USAWC; the 2005-2007 George C. Marshall professor of military studies at the USAWC; and the 2001-2002 Harold K. Johnson visiting professor of military history at the U.S. Army’s Military History Institute. Previously, she taught in the department of history at Duke University, where she was a core faculty member of the Duke University-University of North Carolina Joint Program in Military History. Her research focus has been warfare in the 20th century, in particular the history of air warfare. She has published articles and book chapters on civil-military relations, grand strategy, the law of war, and U.S. national security since World War II. Her book, Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare: The Evolution of British and American Ideas about Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002) was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2002 and was added to the Chief of Air Staff’s Reading List, Royal Air Force (RAF). She is currently writing Taking Command: The United States at War, 1941-45 for Oxford University Press. Recently, she has written Grand Strategy: What Students and Practitioners Need to Know (Strategic Studies Institute, USAWC, 2015), and the chapter on Anglo-American strategic bombing for the first volume of the Cambridge History of the Second World War (2015). She is a recipient of the U.S. Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award. She is a former trustee of the Society for Military History; and she is a member of the Organization of American Historians, the RAF Historical Society, and the RAF Club (London). She received her Ph.D. in history from Yale, and has held fellowships from Harvard, the Social Science Research Council, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Tami Davis Biddle

  • Air Power and Warfare: A Century of Theory and History

    March 29, 2019

    Authored by Dr. Tami Davis Biddle.
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    Tami Davis Biddle analyzes the historical record of air power over the past 100 years. Her monograph, designed for the student of strategy, is intended to provide both a concise introduction to the topic and a framework for thinking intelligently about air power, particularly aerial bombing.

  • Strategy and Grand Strategy: What Students and Practitioners Need to Know

    December 31, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Tami Davis Biddle.
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    Explaining why the practice of strategy is such a difficult and demanding art, Dr. Tami Davis Biddle offers a clear-headed critique that will be illuminating for students and practitioners alike. Relying on a broad base of classic and contemporary literature, she reveals why the logic of strategy often rests on weak foundations, and why—even when that logic is sound—the myriad problems of implementation will tend to erode and undermine the link between ends and means.

SSI articles, editorial, and briefs by Dr. Tami Davis Biddle