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 is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford.[1] He has written several books on counterinsurgency and other topics. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserve.[2]



Corum was dean of the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia from January 2009 to September 2014, when he was succeeded by Augustine Meaher IV.[3] He then joined the University of Salford in Manchester, United Kingdom. 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 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.[5]

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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]


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.

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


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