Philip Haun

Visiting Scholar, Initiative for Global Security

Phil Haun is a professor, and former Dean of Academics, at the US Naval War College. He is also a visiting professor and research affiliate with MIT's Security Studies Program. His areas of scholarly and professional expertise are coercion, deterrence, air power theory, and military strategy. His books include Air Power in the Age of Primacy: Air Warfare Since the Cold War (Cambridge, 2021), Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II (Kentucky, 2019), Coercion, Survival, and War: Why Weak States Resist the United States (Stanford, 2015), and A-10s over Kosovo (Air University, 2003). His forthcoming book is Tactical Air Power and the Vietnam War: Explaining Effectiveness in Modern Air Warfare (Cambridge, 2023)He holds a PhD from MIT, an MA from Vanderbilt, and an AB from Harvard. Phil previously served in the USAF as a Colonel and A-10 pilot with multiple combat tours over Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo. He also commanded an A-10 squadron deployed to Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the USAF's Weapons School, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and was a National Security Fellow at the JFK School of Government. His last active duty assignment was as Professor of Aerospace Studies and Commander of Air Force ROTC at Yale University. He taught at the USAF Academy, US Naval War College, Yale, and MIT.


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  • A.B. Harvard University
  • M.A. Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology