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.
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.
Brian is currently working on two additional book manuscripts as well as being the Air Power and Aviation Series Editor for the University Press of Kentucky.
"Captain" Laslie was Honorably Discharged from the United States Air Force in 2007 after serving as a logistics officer. 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. You can also find more of his work on the Website Balloons to Drones!