I am a student of U.S. national security and alliance relations since the Second World War. My research and teaching focus is on international and military history, with particular emphasis on the Cold War era and on transatlantic relations. My first book, The Cold War U.S. Army ( https://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-1578-0.html ) was published in the prestigious Modern War Studies series at the University Press of Kansas and won awards from the Society for Military History and the Army Historical Foundation as well as recognition from Choice Magazine.
I have since published over half a dozen articles and book chapters on the Cold War, strategy and policy, and American and global military history, and co-edited a book on Failed States and Fragile Societies that provides multi-disciplinary perspectives on a pressing issue of our time ( http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/Failed+States+and+Fragile+Societies ). My new book, an intellectual biography of Maxwell Taylor as well as a study of the national security state at work, is scheduled to appear with the University Press of Kentucky in early 2019. Taylor’s career offers fresh insight into the national security system in the United States, alliances and Cold War crises, and the war in Vietnam.
In my courses I also explore long-term themes and evolutions, including the rise and decline of the modern warfare state in European and American history, the facets of America’s war and state and society in the US from colonial beginnings to the presents, the wars that took place in Vietnam from 1945 to 1975, and the strategic and political international framework of the Cold War era. I have also become more and more interested in the changing nature of war, from interstate industrial wars of the modern age to insurgencies and hybrid forms of war that can include civil war, guerrilla warfare, state and non-state actors competing at the same time.