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ACSC Department of Research

About the Department

The Department of Research at Air Command and Staff College serves to facilitate faculty and student research efforts, to include publication support. It is also responsible for the ACSC electives program, which includes more than 100 course offerings from over 80 faculty members.

Department Leadership

Dr. Paul J. Springer is a professor of comparative military studies and the chair of the Department of Research. He holds a doctorate in history from Texas A&M University. Dr. Springer is the author of five books, with four more expected to publish in 2017. These works include America’s Captives: Treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror (Kansas, 2010); Military Robots and Drones (ABC-CLIO, 2013); Transforming Civil War Prisons: Lincoln, Lieber, and the Politics of War (Routledge, 2014, co-authored by Glenn Robins); Cyber Warfare (ABC-CLIO, 2015); and 9/11 and the War on Terror (Greenwood, 2016). His forthcoming works are The Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare (ABC-CLIO, 2017); Outsourcing War to Machines: The Military Robotics Revolution (Praeger, 2017); America’s Wars: U.S. Military History, 1500-Present (Naval Institute Press, 2017, coauthored by S. Michael Pavelec); and Brothers in Peace and War: The West Point Class of 1829 (Kansas, 2017). He teaches courses on leadership, strategy, terrorism, and technology. Prior to ACSC, Dr. Springer taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and Texas A&M University. Springer is also the editor of two series, Transforming Warfare and History of Military Aviation, both with the Naval Institute Press.

Research Interest/Expertise: Military history; military technology; leadership; strategy; terrorism; prisoners of war.

Prof Kenneth Johnson is the Deputy Department Chair of the Department of Research at ACSC and the Director of the Electives Program at the Air Command and Staff College. Prof. Kenneth Johnson is an expert in Napoleonic History. Earning his PhD in French History in 2006 at Florida State University, Prof. Johnson has done extensive in-depth research at various French archives on topics of French naval and colonial history. Having taught for the Naval War College and United State Military Academy, Prof. Johnson has been teaching at ACSC since 2010. He has published several articles and a book chapter on Napoleon's use of sea power. In addition to expanding the aforementioned chapter into a book, Prof. Johnson is also writing a biography of a prominent French admiral, Admiral Louis Thomas Villaret-Joyeuse.

Research Interest/Expertise: Maritime Strategy, Napoleonic Warfare, Warfare Studies.

             

Faculty        


Dr. Lisa L. Beckenbaugh is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Dr. Beckenbaugh received her degrees master’s degree from St. Cloud State University and PhD from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Beckenbaugh has taught at a variety of undergraduate and graduate civilian institutions. She also served as the Interim Project Lead and Military Analyst II for the Operational Leadership Experiences (OLE) Project under the aegis of the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth and held a Post-Graduate Historical Research Fellow at the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office. Dr. Beckenbaugh’s current research is on the 1st MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital), later redesignated 8209th MASH, during the Korean War.

Research Interest/Expertise: Oral History, American POWs, World War II, Women in Combat, Battlefield Medicine, and MASH Units in the Korean War.

Lt Col Steven Quillman is an Instructor of Airpower and Director of Staff for the Department of Research at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).  Lt Col Quillman graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Touro University International.  Lt Col Quillman has published multiple entries in The Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare (ABC-CLIO, 2017) and Russia at War (ABC-CLIO, 2015).  Lt Col Quillman co-teaches a course on irregular warfare from 1830 to the present.  Lt Col Quillman previous experiences include propulsion engineer with the C-17, C-130J, and F-22A, weapons integration engineer with the F-16, Education with Industry tour with National Institute of Aerospace, aircraft battle damage assessor for Joint Combat Assessment Team, and as a program manager with AOC System Program Office.     
                     

Research Interest/Expertise: World War Two airpower; Combined Bomber Offensive; 305th Bomb Group; Irregular Warfare; Office of Special Operations in SE Asia;  Special Operations in Rhodesia; and  Native American campaigns.         

Lt Col Peter Garretson is an Instructor of Joint Warfare at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and lead for the Air University Space Horizons Initiative, which seeks to “Re-imagine Spacepower in the Age of Asteroid Mining.”  Lt Col Garretson has participated in numerous OSD and USAF wargames focused on Future Warfare and the role of space in future conflict.  He is the former Chief of USAF Future Technology, and has served at the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) as a Service Chief Fellow, and a Los Alamos National Laboratory as an Academy Research Associate.  He has been a strategy and policy advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force on Space and Great Power conflict in Asia.  He was the first serving military officer to be detailed as a visiting fellow to Asia’s #1 think tank, the Ministry of Defense Funded Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA) in New Delhi, India, where he worked with India’s President Dr. APJ Kalam on long-term US-India collaboration in Space.  Lt Col Garretson has over 50 publications including on the topics of space governance, space policy, space based solar power, asteroid mining, planetary defense, strategic culture, and U.S. military strategy and security cooperation in Asia.

Research Interest/Expertise: Grand Strategy in the Space Domain, Space Industrialization, Aviation Enterprise Development. 

Visit the Space Horizons Research Group (SHRG) homepage.

Major Brent Ziarnick is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the Air University’s Air Command and Staff College and deputy lead for the Air University’s Space Horizons Initiative.  Maj Ziarnick is a command space operations officer with extensive experience in Global Positioning System (GPS) engineering, offensive space control, and theater space command and control.  In civilian life he was a launch operations engineer at Spaceport America, New Mexico where he developed the long-range plan for the world’s first purpose-built inland commercial spaceport’s vertical launch activity.  He holds a doctorate in economic development from New Mexico State University, a master’s degree in space systems engineering from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, a bachelor’s degree in space operations from the United States Air Force Academy, and is a graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.  Major Ziarnick is the author of one book and multiple articles on space power theory and strategy. 

Research Interests/Expertise: Space Power Theory and Strategy, Technology Strategy, the Cold War Air Force (Strategic Air Command), and Economics and Military Power.

Visit the Space Horizons Research Group (SHRG) homepage.

 

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