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Dr. Tami Davis Biddle

Dr. Biddle is a Professor of National Security at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), in Carlisle, PA. She was the Hoyt S. Vandenberg Professor of Aerospace Studies at the USAWC from 2011-13. Prior to that, she was the 2005-07 George C. Marshall Professor of Military Studies at the USAWC and the 2001-02 Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army’s Military History Institute. Before coming to the USAWC, she taught in the Department of History at Duke University, where she was a core faculty member of the Duke-University of North Carolina Joint Program in Military History. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society for Military History. Dr. Biddle’s research focus has been warfare in the 20th century, in particular the history of air warfare. She also studies and writes about military organization and leadership, civil-military relations, grand strategy, national security policy, and professional military education. Dr. Biddle’s book, Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare: The Evolution of British and American Ideas about Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945 (Princeton, NJ: 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. Recently, she wrote the chapter on strategic bombing for the Cambridge History of the Second World War (2015). Other publication credits include: “Leveraging Strength: The Pillars of American Grand Strategy in World War II” in Orbis, Winter 2011; “Dresden 1945: Reality, History, and Memory,” in The Journal of Military History, Vol. 72, No. 2 (April 2008); and “The Role of Military History in the Contemporary Academy,” a Society for Military History White Paper (2014), written with Robert M. Citino. Dr. Biddle has held fellowships from Harvard, the Social Science Research Council, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, and she holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale University.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Tami Davis Biddle

  • 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