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Paul J. Springer

Professor of Comparative Military Studies, Air University

Dr. Paul J. Springer is a Professor of Comparative Military Studies in the Department of Airpower at the Air Command and Staff College, located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He holds a PhD in history from Texas A&M University; an MA in history from the University of Northern Iowa; and a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the ACSC faculty, he taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Texas A&M University. He teaches courses on War Theory, Leadership, Airpower, Strategy, Military History, Military Command, and Terrorism. He is the author or editor of 12 books in print, with another 4 in progress. His most prominent works include America’s Captives: Treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror and Outsourcing War to Machines: The Military Robotic Revolution. He is a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and the series editor for the History of Military Aviation and Transforming War series, both with the U.S. Naval Institute Press.

His opinions do not represent the policy of the United States Government, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force, Air University, or the Air Command and Staff College.


  • 2009–present
    Professor, Air Command and Staff College
  • 2006–2009
    Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy at West Point


  • 2006 
    Texas A&M University, Ph.D., History
  • 1998 
    University of Northern Iowa, M.A., History
  • 1997 
    Texas A&M University, B.S., Psychology


  • 2020
    Sharing the Journey, Air University Press
  • 2020
    Cyber War: A Documentary History, ABC-CLIO
  • 2019
    Daily Lives of U.S. Soldiers, 3 vols., ABC-CLIO
  • 2019
    Civil War Propaganda: A Documentary History, ABC-CLIO
  • 2018
    Outsourcing War to Machines: The Military Robotics Revolution, ABC-CLIO
  • 2017
    Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare, ABC-CLIO
  • 2016
    9/11 and the War on Terror: A Documentary History, ABC-CLIO
  • 2015
    Cyber War: A Reference Handbook, ABC-CLIO
  • 2014
    Transforming Civil War Prisons: Lincoln, Lieber, and the Laws of War, Routledge
  • 2013
    Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook, ABC-CLIO
  • 2010
    America's Captives: Treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, University Press of Kansas

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Military History
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • Phi Kappa Phi