|Main interests||military historian (History of warfare, World War II|
|Notable ideas||The effectiveness of integrated air power over strategic missions independent of the joint battlespace|
|Major works||Books on the Luftwaffe during World War II, the pre-war German Army and other works|
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.
 Early life
Corum was born in Paris, France and raised in San Francisco California. He is a Roman Catholic. He lives in Tartu, Estonia with his adopted son Tommy and wife Lynn Corum. He received his BA degree from Gonzaga University, MA from Brown University, MLitt from Oxford University and PhD from Queen’s University. Corum has also completed courses at military staff colleges, including: Air War College in 1998, United States Army Command and General Staff College in 1994, Air Command and Staff College in 1994, US Army Ordnance Officer Advanced Course in 1990, First Army Combat Intelligence Operations Course, Ft. Bragg NC in 1984 and, Intelligence Officers Course and Tactical/Strategic Intelligence Officers’ course in 1977.
Corum has been dean of the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia since January 2009. He is also adjunct professor of military history at Austin Peay State University. He was formerly 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 airpower 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.
 Special fields
- The Luftwaffe: Creating the Operational Air War, 1918-1940
- The Roots of Blitzkrieg
- Hans von Seeckt
- German Military Reform
- Wolfram von Richthofen
- Master of the German Air War
- Bad Strategies: How Great Powers Fail in Counterinsurgency (Zenith Press, 2008).
Among Corum's many articles is: "To stop them on the beaches: Luftwaffe Operations against the Allied Landings in Italy," Air Power Review, Vol. 7 No. 2 (Summer 2004), pp. 47-68.
- "James S. Corum: How the British Defeated Insurgents in Malaya". History News Network. 2005-02-06. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
- "COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES". Apsu.Edu. 2008-2009. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
- "The Myth of Air Control Reassessing the History". 2000. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
- "James Corum". Telegraph. 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-09-02.