Earl Tilford - Biography


Dr. Earl H. Tilford earned his BA and MA in history at the University of Alabama and then served 23 years as an Air Force intelligence officer. During his military career, he served in Southeast Asia, as a nuclear targeting officer at Headquarters Strategic Air Command, and on the faculties of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College. 

He also earned a Ph.D. In American and European Military History and East European and Soviet Foreign Policy at George Washington University.

From 1993 to July 2001, he served as Director of Research for the U.S.
Army's Strategic Studies Institute.  He then spent seven years on the faculty at Grove City College, a Christian liberal arts institution in western Pennsylvania.

In 2008, he returned to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to research and write, "Turning the Tide: The University of Alabama in the 1960s," published by the University of Alabama Press in January 2014.

He also authored three books on the war in Vietnam, including
"Crosswinds: The Air Force's Setup in Vietnam" (Texas A&M University Press, 1993) and co-edited an anthology titled "Eagle in the Desert: A Look Back at the Persian Gulf War." 

He spent the summer of 2004 studying terrorism and counterterrorism at Tel Aviv University prior to returning to Grove City College where he taught courses on terrorism, national security, the Vietnam War, World Wars I and II, Russia Under the Tsars, and Soviet History.  He currently teaches courses on strategy for the Honors College at the University of Alabama.

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