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Dr. Lance Blyth

Adjunct Professor

Department of History

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Contact Information

(719) 554-6950




Command Historian, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command & Adjunct Professor of History, Department of History, US Air Force Academy.


Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 2005

MA, Colorado State University, 1997

BS, University of Wyoming, 1988

Professional Experience

Command Historian, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2012 – present

Adjunct Professor, Department of History, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2017 – present

Research Associate, Latin American & Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico, 2006 – present

Historian, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2007 – 2012

Historian, 58th Special Operations Wing, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2005 – 2007

Honors & Awards

The David J. Weber and Bill Clements Prize for the Best Non-fiction Book on Southwestern America published in 2012 awarded by the Western History Association (WHA) and the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Research and Scholarly Interests

Researching mountain warfare through an examination of the US 10th Mountain Division of World War II and of US efforts towards mountain warfare capabilities after the war to the present day, particularly the impact of civilian skiing and mountaineering techniques and technologies.


Monograph: Chiricahua and Janos: Communities of Violence in the Southwestern Borderlands, 1680-1880 (University of Nebraska Press, 2012), winner of the WHA’s 2013 Weber-Clements prize for the best non-fiction book the best non-fiction book on Southwestern America.

Articles & Chapters published in Along These Ragged Edges: Histories of Violence Along the U.S.-Mexican Border (North Carolina, 2022), Journal of the Civil War Era, Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States (California, 2015), Military Review, Reader’s Guide to Military History, (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001), East Texas Historical Journal, Military History of the West, and Military and Naval History Forum Proceedings