James Corum

James Sterling Corum is an American air power historian and scholar of counter-insurgency. He has written several books on counterinsurgency and other topics. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserve.[1]

James Sterling Corum
Academic work
Main interestsMilitary history (History of warfare, World War II


Corum is a lecturer in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford.[2] Previously he was dean of the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia from 2009 to 2014.[3] He is also adjunct professor of military history at Austin Peay State University.[4] He was formerly a professor of military history in the Department of Joint and Multinational Operations at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. Previously he was professor of Comparative Military Studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, Alabama. During 2005 he was both a visiting fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University, and a visiting fellow of the Levershulme Program on the Changing Nature of War, Department of International Politics, Oxford University.[5]

Corum's primary speciality is air power history and he argues more in favour of integrated air power than of so-called strategic missions independent of the joint battlespace.[6]


  • The Luftwaffe: Creating the Operational Air War, 1918–1940. (University Press of Kansas, 1997, ISBN 0-700-60836-2)
  • The Roots of Blitzkrieg: Hans von Seeckt and German Military Reform (University Press of Kansas, 1992). ISBN 0-700-60541-X OCLC 25410850
  • Wolfram von Richthofen: Master of the German Air War (University Press of Kansas, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7006-1598-8)
  • Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists. University Press of Kansas. 2003. ISBN 0-700-61240-8. OCLC 51477066.
  • Training Indigenous Forces in Counterinsurgency: a Tale of Two Insurgencies. Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. 2006. ISBN 1-584-87230-6. OCLC 66526200.
  • Fighting the War on Terror: a Counterinsurgency Strategy. Zenith Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-760-32868-2. OCLC 71243998.
  • Bad Strategies: How Great Powers Fail in Counterinsurgency (Zenith Press, 2008).

Among Corum's articles are:

Corum has been a blogger for the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, writing on international affairs and military issues.[7]


  1. ^ "James S. Corum: How the British Defeated Insurgents in Malaya". History News Network. 2005-02-06. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  2. ^ "James Corum". University of Salford: SEEK: Salford Environment for Expertise and Knowledge. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Dr. Augustine Meaher IV has been named the Baltic Defence College's new Dean". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  4. ^ "COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES" (PDF). Apsu.Edu. 2008–2009. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2009-02-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "The Myth of Air Control Reassessing the History". 2000. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  7. ^ "James Corum". Telegraph. 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-09-02.

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