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Harmon Memorial
Lecture Series

Harmon Memorial

Lecture Series


The Department of History, United States Air Force Academy, is the point of contact for the Superintendent's oldest and most prestigious lecture series at the United States Air Force Academy. The purpose is twofold: to promote a greater knowledge of military history in the United States and abroad, and to stimulate a lifelong interest among cadets in their professional subject.

Each year a committee of internationally known historians and Academy representatives select an outstanding military historian, or a first-rate scholar from a closely related field, who is invited to present a lecture on a subject of his or her choice within broadly construed field of military history.  In keeping with the purpose of the series, the lecture is published and distributed to leading scholars and libraries throughout the world.

These lectures are known collectively as the "Harmon Memorial Lectures in Military History," in memory of the accomplishments of the late Lieutenant General Hubert R. Harmon, the first Superintendent of the Academy.  General Harmon's lifelong personal interest in military history makes it particularly appropriate that he be honored in this way.


 

Number One:  "Why Military History"
by W. Frank Craven
1959

Number Two:  "The Military Leadership of the North and the South"
 by T. Harry Williams
1960

Number Three:  "Pacific Command: A Study in Interservice Relations"
by Louis Morton
1961

Number Four:  "Operation POINTBLANK: A Tale of Bombers and Fighters"
by William R. Emerson
1962

Number Five:  "John J. Pershing and the Anatomy of Leadership"
by Frank E. Vandiver
1963

Number Six:  "Mr. Roosevelt's Three Wars:  FDR as War Leader"
by Maurice Matloff
1964

Number Seven:  "Problems of Coalition Warfare: The Military Alliance Against Napoleon, 1813 - 1814"
by Gordon A. Craig
1965

Number Eight:  "Innovation and Reform in Warfare"
by Peter Paret
1966

Number Nine:  "Strategy and Policy in Twentieth-Century Warfare"
by Michael Howard
1967

Number Ten:  "George C. Marshall: Global Commander"
by Forrest C. Pogue
1968

Number Eleven:  "The War of Ideas: The United States Navy, 1870-1890"
by Elting E. Morison
1969

Number Twelve:  "The Historical Development of Contemporary Strategy"
 by Theodore Ropp
1970

Number Thirteen:  "The Military in the Service of the State"
by General Sir John Winthrop Hackett
1970

Number Fourteen:  "The Many Faces of George S. Patton, Jr."
 by Martin Blumenson
1971

Number Fifteen:  "The End of Militarism"
 by Russell E. Weigley
1972

Number Sixteen:  "An Enduring Challenge: The Problem of Air Force Doctrine"
by I. B. Holley, Jr.
1973

Number Seventeen:  "The American Revolution Today"
by John W. Shy
1974

Number Eighteen:  "The Young Officer in the Old Army"
by Edward M. Coffman
1975

Number Ninteen:  "The Contribution of the Frontier to the American Military Tradition"
by Robert M. Utley
1976

Number Twenty:  "The Strategist's Short Catechism: Six Questions Without Answers"
 by Philip A. Crowi
1977

Number Twenty-One:  "The Influence of Air Power upon Historians"
by Noel F. Parrish
1978

Number Twenty-Two:  "Perspectives in the History of Military Education and Professionalism"
by Richard A. Preston
1980

Number Twenty-Three:  "Western Perceptions and Asian Realities"
by Akira Iriye
1980

Number Twenty-Four:  "Command Crisis: MacArthur and the Korean War,"
by D. Clayton James
 1981

Number Twenty-Five:  "United Against: American Culture and Society During World War II"
by John M. Blum
1982

Number Twenty-Six:  "George Washington and George Marshall: Some Reflections on the American Military Tradition"
by Don Higginbotham
1984

Numbers Twenty-Seven:  "Military Planning and National Policy: German Overtures to Two World Wars"
by Harold C. Deutsch
1984

Number Twenty-Eight:  "Napoleon and Maneuver Warfare"
by Steven T. Ross
1985

Number Twenty-Nine:  "Soldiering in Tsarist Russia"
by John L. H. Keep
1986

Number Thirty:  "Leadership in the Old Air Force: A Postgraduate Assignment"
by David MacIsaac
1987

Number Thirty-One:  "The Intelligence Revolution: A Historical Perspective"
by Sir Harry Hinsley
1988

Number Thirty-Two:  "Air Power, Armies, and the War in the West, 1940"
by R. J. Overy
1989

Number Thirty-Three:  "'Cold Blood': LBJ's Conduct of Limited War in Vietnam"
by George C. Herring
1990

Number Thirty-Four:  "Postwar Perspectives on the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere"
by Joyce C. Lebra (who passed away before the lecture)
1991

Number Thirty-Five:  "United States Policy Vis-a-vis Korea, 1850-1950"
by John Edward Wilz
1992

Number Thirty-Six:  "Codebreaking and the Battle of the Atlantic"
by David Kahn
1994

Number Thirty-Seven:  "The Structure of Military-Technical Transformation"
by William H. McNeill
1994

Number Thirty-Eight:  "The Place of World War II in History"
by Gerhard L. Weinberg
1995

Number Thirty-Nine:  "Shaping Junior Officer Values In The Twentieth Century: A Foundation For A Comparative Perspective"
by Dave R. Palmer
1996

Number Forty:  "Battles Not Fought: The Creation of an Independent Air Force"
by Stephen L. McFarland
1997

Number Forty-One:  "Fighting with Allies':  The Hand-Care and Feeding of the Anglo-American Special Relationship"
by Warren F. Kimball
1998

Number Forty-Two:  "Threats to Civilian Control of the Military in the United States Today:  An Historical Perspective"
by Richard H. Kohn
1999

Number Forty-Three:  "Making Experience Count:  American POW Narratives from the Colonial Wars to Vietnam"
by Robert C. Doyle
2000

Number Forty-Four:  "The Aircraft that Decided World War II: Aeronautical Engineering and Grand Strategy, 1933-1945, The American Dimension"
by John F. Guilmartin, Jr.
2001


Number Forty-Five: "The West at War and Burdens of the Past"
by Victor Davis Hanson
2002

Number Forty-Six: "Wright Brothers: Pattern for American Air and Space Power--Innovation and Legacy of Ingenuity of the WINGED CRUSADE"
by Tom D. Crouch
2003

Number Forty-Seven: "The Code of the Warrior: The Values and Ideals of Warrior Cultures Throughout History"
by Shannon E. French
2004

Number Forty-Eight: “Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century”
by Dennis Showalter
2005

Number Forty-Nine: “National Security, Space, and the Course of Recent U.S. History”
by Roger D. Launius
2006

Number Fifty: “Matching Mountains and Fulfilling Missions: One Graduate's Assessment of USAFA's True Value”
by Mark Clodfelter
2007

Number Fifty-One: "France and the Armistice of 1918"
by Robert A. Doughty
2009

Number Fifty-two: "Hubert R. Harmon and the Air Force Academy: The Man and the Issues"
by Phillip S. Meilinger
2010

Number Fifty-three: "The Daemon of Geopolitics: Karl Haushofer, Rudolf Hess, and Adolf Hitler"
by Holger H. Herwig
2010

Number Fifty-four: "On The Making of History: John Boyd and American Security"
by Grant T. Hammond
2012

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