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Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Goines

Senior Military Faculty and Associate Professor of Law

Department of Law

Tim Goines
Contact Information

(719) 333-2729



Lt Col Timothy M. Goines serves as a Senior Military Faculty and Associate Professor of Law, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he teaches Cyberlaw, Law for Air Force Officers, Business Law, and the Legal Studies Capstone Course.  He also serves as the Director of USAFA's Law, Technology, and Warfare Research Cell.

Lt Col Goines was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. In May of 2004, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May of 2004 through Air Force R.O.T.C. Detachment 470, University of Nebraska at Omaha.  In May 2009, Lt Col Goines graduated Cum Laude from Baylor University, School of Law.

Throughout his career, Lt Col Goines has served in various roles as a Judge Advocate – as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, an Area Defense Counsel, a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, and now as an Assistant Professor of Law. Just prior to his assignment at the Air Force Academy, Lt Col Goines received a Master of Laws Degree in Cyber, Space, and Telecommunications Law at the University of Nebraska Law School in May 2016. In February 2017, Lt Col Goines completed his Masters of Arts Degree in Military Operational Art and Science (with Highest Academic Distinction) from Air Command and Staff College.


Bachelor of Science, Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude), Creighton University, Nebraska

Air and Space Basic Course, Outstanding Contributor, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

Juris Doctor (Cum Laude), Baylor University School of Law, Texas

Squadron Officer School (correspondence)

Squadron Officer School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

Master of Laws, Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law, University of Nebraska School of Law, Nebraska

Master of Arts Degree, Military Operational Art and Science, Highest Academic Distinction, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

Air War College (correspondence)

Professional Experience

Senior Military Faculty and Associate Professor of Law, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2022-Present)

Senior Military Faculty and Assistant Professor of Law, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2016-2022)

LL.M. candidate, Air Force Institute of Technology, University of Nebraska School of Law, Nebraska (2015-2016)

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas (2013-2015)

Area Defense Counsel, Air Force Legal Operations Agency, MacDill AFB, Florida (2011-2013)

Assistant Staff Judge Advocate (Chief of Legal Assistance, Claims, and Operations Law), 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill AFB, Florida (2009-2011)

Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Baylor Law School, Texas (2006-2009)

Chief, Market Research and Analysis Section, HQ AFRS, Randolph AFB, Texas (2005-2006)

Operations Research Analyst, Directorate of Manpower and Personnel, HQ AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas (2004-2005)

Honors & Awards

U.S. Air Force Academy’s Heiser Award (2023)

U.S. Air Force Academy’s Outstanding Academy Educator (2020)

Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC)

Air and Space Commendation Medal (2 OLC)

Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award

Air and Space Organizational Excellence Award (2 OLC)

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Air and Space Longevity Service (3 OLC)

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)

Air and Space Training Ribbon

Research and Scholarly Interests

Lt Col Goines focuses his research on Cyber Law, Space Law, Search and Seizure Law, and Law and Emergent Technologies.  His scholarship focuses on the legality of military operations in new domains and with emerging technologies.


Protecting Civilian Data in Armed Conflicts: The Need for an Ethical Foundation, Book Chapter in ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN THE GLOBAL DEFENSE INDUSTRY (Daniel Schoeni, ed. Oxford University Press 2023) (with Jeffrey Biller)

The Russia-Ukraine War and the Space Domain
Articles of War, March 2022
Published Here (with Jeffrey Biller and Jeremy Grunert)

Communicating Cyber Consequences
Space and Defense, Spring 2019
Published Here

Overcoming the Cyber Weapons Paradox
Strategic Studies Quarterly, Winter 2017
Published Here