Dr. Brian D. Laslie is Deputy Command Historian, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). He previously served as the Historian, 1st Fighter Wing, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia from December 2009 to August 2012. In 2011, he deployed as the Air Forces Central Command (Forward) Historian, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from September 2011 to January 2012. It was while deployed that Brian wrote the majority of what would become his first book. After spending 12 hours a day at work, Brian returned to his cramped living quarters where he labored over his manuscript. During his time as a federal historian he has written three periodic histories and four contingency histories, and two historical studies.
A 2001 graduate of The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina and a historian of air power studies, Brian received his Masters degree from Auburn University Montgomery in 2006 and his Doctorate in history from Kansas State University in 2013. His dissertation focused on the realistic training revolution in the USAF after Vietnam and the impact of training on Desert Storm and Allied Force. His first book The Air Force Way of War: U.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam (Kentucky, 2015) was published in the Spring of 2015 and landed on the 2016 Chief-of-Staff of the Air Force's Reading List.
In 2012, Brian attended Red Flag alongside America's oldest fighter squadron, the 27th Fighter Squadron, the Fightin' Eagles of the 1st Fighter Wing. This experience greatly influenced the final stages of his book.
"Captain" Laslie was Honorably Discharged from the United States Air Force in 2007 after serving as a logistics officer, doctrine instructor, and Action Officer to the Commander of Air University.
Brian enjoys baseball, college football, and all things Disney. A lifelong fan of the Atlanta Braves, he also counts the K-State Wildcats and the Denver Broncos as his favorite teams. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two daughters.