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URW 2009 Speakers

  Thomas A. Keaney

Professor Thomas A. Keaney is the Acting Director of Strategic Studies, Executive Director of the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, and Senior Adjunct Professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC. Until 1998, he was a Professor of Military Strategy at National War College, Washington, DC, and Director of its core courses on military thought and strategy. During 1991-92, he was a researcher/author with the Gulf War Air Power Survey. He was co-author of two reports of that survey: The Summary Report and The Effects and Effectiveness of Air Power (both published by the U.S. Government Printing Office in 1993). He is also author of Strategic Bombers and Conventional Weapons: Air Power Options (1983) and (with Eliot A. Cohen) Revolution in Warfare?: Air Power in the Persian Gulf (1995). His other publications include (ed. with Barry Rubin) U.S. Allies in a Changing World (2000), Armed Forces in the Middle East: Politics and Strategy (2002), and (ed. with Thomas Mahnken) War in Iraq: Planning and Execution (2007). He is a graduate of the National War College. He holds a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Michigan. During a career in the U.S. Air Force, he served in positions including: Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy; planner on the Air Staff; Forward Air controller in Vietnam; and B-52 Squadron Commander. He retired as a Colonel in 1991.