James Corum

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James Sterling Corum
Residence United States
Academic work
Main interests Military history (History of warfare, World War II
Notable works Books on the Luftwaffe during World War II, the pre-war German Army and other works
Notable ideas The effectiveness of integrated air power over strategic missions independent of the joint battlespace

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]


Corum was dean of the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia from 2009 to 2014.[2] He is also adjunct professor of military history at Austin Peay State University.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]


Among Corum's articles are:

Corum has been a blogger for the British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, writing on international affairs and military issues.[6]


  1. ^ "James S. Corum: How the British Defeated Insurgents in Malaya". History News Network. 2005-02-06. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Augustine Meaher IV has been named the Baltic Defence College`s new Dean". Baltic Defence College. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES" (PDF). Apsu.Edu. 2008–2009. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  4. ^ http://www.bdcol.ee/files/files/CV/James%20Corum.doc
  5. ^ "The Myth of Air Control Reassessing the History". 2000. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  6. ^ "James Corum". Telegraph. 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 

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