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Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr.

External Researcher

EARL H. TILFORD, JR., is Director of Research at the Strategic Studies Institute. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in History at the University of Alabama and his Ph.D. in American and European Military History at George Washington University. Dr. Tilford served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, during which he was an intelligence officer in Southeast Asia, taught history at the Air Force Academy, and served as Editor of the Air University Review, formerly the professional journal of the U.S. Air Force. He is the author three books on the Air Force in Vietnam, the latest of which is Crosswinds: The Air ForceĆ­s Setup in Vietnam, published by Texas A&M University Press in 1993. Along with Air Force historian William Head, he is co-editor of Eagle in the Desert: Looking Back on the Persian Gulf War, published by Praeger Press in 1997.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr.

  • Halt Phase Strategy: New Wine in Old Skins . . . with Powerpoint

    July 01, 1998

    Authored by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    Analyzes the Halt Phase Strategy/Doctrine currently advocated by the Air Force. As a part of his analysis, the author traces the immediate origins of Report of the Quadrennial Defense Review. Dr. Tilford contends, however, that Halt's real origins are more closely identified with intrinsic Air Force strategic bombing doctrine, and are to be found in strategies associated with atomic and nuclear deterrence and warfighting.

  • World View: The 1998 Strategic Assessment from the Strategic Studies Institute

    February 01, 1998

    Edited by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    World View presents the annual strategic assessments of the analysts at the Strategic Studies Institute. It is fifth in a series that reflects both our individual forecasts and collective review of the key security issues facing the United States. The process that produces World View also leads to our annual Research and Outreach Plan.

  • Traditional Military Thinking and the Defensive Strategy of China

    August 01, 1997

    Authored by Lieutenant General Li Jijun. Edited by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    On July 15, 1997, the U.S. Army War College hosted a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Military Science. A speech was delivered to the U.S. Army War College Corresponding Studies Class of 1997 by the Chinese delegation's leader, Lieutenant General Li Jijun. General Li graciously agreed to the publication of his address.

  • Two Perspectives on Interventions and Humanitarian Operations

    July 01, 1997

    Authored by David Tucker, Robert B. Oakley. Edited by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    Ambassador Robert B. Oakley, who served as Special Envoy to Somalia provides an honest and compelling look at that controversial operation. In the second paper, Dr. David Tucker dissects the arguments to develop criteria which might be used for and against engagement in humanitarian operations in an attempt to guide U.S. policymakers. Ambassador Oakley and Dr. Tucker both agree that the United States, as a great power, will be engaged in intervention operations of all kinds all over the world.

  • National Defense into the 21st Century: Defining the Issues

    June 01, 1997

    Authored by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    In March 1996, Colonel Jim Blundell of the Association of the United States Army's Institute for Land Warfare and Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr., of the U. S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute envisioned a symposium that would bring all the services together for an open and honest meeting aimed at defining the complex issues that will face the services individually and the Department of Defense corporately during the Joint Strategy Review and Quadrennial Defense Review process.

  • World View: The 1997 Strategic Assessment from the Strategic Studies Institute

    January 01, 1997

    Edited by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    In December of each year the analysts at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) look to the year ahead to assess the strategic equation for their particular areas of interest. This is part of an effort to focus our priorities both corporately as well as individually.

  • World View: The 1996 Strategic Assessment from the Strategic Studies Institute

    February 01, 1996

    Edited by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    The analysts at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) annually assess the strategic equation for their particular area of interest. This year they were asked to consider not only the next 12-18 months, but also to look 10 years ahead and to think about the future as it might affect both the nation and the Army.

  • U.S. Policy in the Balkans: A Hobson's Choice

    August 01, 1995

    Authored by Dr. Stephen J. Blank, Dr. William T. Johnsen, Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    At this writing, the strategic balance may have shifted in the ongoing war in the former Yugoslavia, and the region could be on the verge of a settlement. But, the "window of opportunity" may be fleeting, and the failures and frustrations of the past four years temper any optimism that conflict in the former Yugoslavia will end quickly or completely.

  • The Revolution in Military Affairs: Prospects and Cautions

    June 01, 1995

    Authored by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    RMAs are driven by more than breakthrough technologies, and while the technological component is important, a true revolution in the way military institutions organize, equip and train for war, and in the way war is itself conducted, depends on the confluence of political, social, and technological factors.

  • World View: The 1995 Strategic Assessment from the Strategic Studies Institute

    February 01, 1995

    Edited by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    Every year the analysts at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) prepare current assessments for their particular areas of interest. These assessments become the bedrock of the annual SSI Study Program. This year's assessments are crucial given the complexities of the post-Cold War world. Russia remains an enigma wrapped in a riddle with Russian national interests very much paramount in the Kremlin's thinking.

  • Russia's Invasion of Chechnya: A Preliminary Assessment

    January 01, 1995

    Authored by Dr. Stephen J. Blank, Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    On December 11, 1994, Russia invaded the secessionist republic of Chechnya in the North Caucasus. The aim was to suppress the republic's government, led by General Dzhokar Dudayev, compel it to accept Moscow's authority, and to force it to renounce its bid for independence and sovereignty.

  • Does Russian Democracy Have a Future?

    July 01, 1994

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank, Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    In 1854, on the eve of the Crimea campaign, Antoine Henri Jomini wrote, "The Russian Army is a wall which, however far it may retreat, you will always find in front of you." The political unrest and economic disarray that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the disintegration of the Communist Empire have altered, but not crippled, the formidable strength of the Russian military.

  • World View: The 1994 Strategic Assessment from the Strategic Studies Institute

    April 01, 1994

    Edited by Dr. Steven Metz, Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    Every year the analysts at the Strategic Studies Institute prepare current strategic assessments for their particular areas of interest. These assessments are the bedrock of the annual SSI Study Program. This year's assessments seem especially crucial as the strategic situation throughout the world is far more complex and fraught with danger than many may realize.