Dr. David Bath

Name: Dr. David Bath

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 918-343-6820

Title: Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor, Student Veteran Association

Department: History & Political Science

Office: Baird Hall, Room 219J

Dr. David BathEducation

Ph.D. in History
Texas A&M University
Dissertation: “Flameout: The Rise and Fall of Missiles in the U.S. Air Force, 1957-1967”

M.S. in Strategic Intelligence
National Intelligence University
Thesis: “Learning from our Past: Gathering Intelligence from our Prisoners of War”

M.A. in History
University of North Dakota
Thesis: “The Captive Samurai: Japanese Prisoners Detained in the United States During World War II”

B.A. in History
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Research/Teaching interests

  • US Military History
  • Cold War
  • Diplomacy and War in Society
  • Modern Asia
  • Middle East
  • Intelligence


2018-Present, Assistant Professor, Rogers State University
Courses: American History to 1877; American History since 1877; Introduction to Military History; U.S. Conflicts Since 1945; History of the American West; War, Ethics, and Religion; Intelligence, Politics, and Public Policy; The Cold War; Writing and Research for Historians; America and the World, 1914-1945; Readings in Ancient History; Introduction to Public History; Integration of the U.S. Military 

2016-2018, Visiting Assistant Professor/Project Coordinator, Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, University of Mississippi
Courses: Introduction to Intelligence, National Security Issues of the 21st Century, Capstone – Intelligence and Security Studies

2011-2012, Teaching Assistant/Section Leader, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 
Courses: United States through 1877, Civil War and Reconstruction 

2009-2010, Adjunct Instructor, Alamo Community Colleges, San Antonio, Texas 
Courses:  U.S. History from Colonization to the Civil War, U.S. History from Reconstruction to Present 

2005-2006, Adjunct Instructor, U.S. Special Operations School, Eglin AFB, Florida
Course: Level II Antiterrorism Officer Training

2004-2006, Lecturer, Intelligence Masters’ Skills Course, San Antonio, Texas 
Section: Cutting-edge Technologies and Methodologies


Editor, Air Force Missileers and the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Collection of Personal Reminiscences from Missileers and Others who Experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Cheyenne, WY: Association of Air Force Missileers, 2012.

Assured Destruction: Building the Ballistic Missile Culture of the U.S. Air Force, Naval Institute Press, March 2020.

Review of The Revolution that Failed:  Nuclear Competition, Arms Control, and the Cold War by Brendan Rittenhouse Green (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2020) in H-Net.

Review of Eisenhower’s Nuclear Calculus in Europe:  The Politics of IRBM Deployment in NATO Nations by Gates Brown (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., 2019) in H-Net.

Review of Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam by Ingo Trauschweizer (Lexington, KY:  University Press of Kentucky, 2019), Journal of Military History, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Oct 2019), 1341-42.

Review of Subordinating Intelligence:  The DoD/CIA Post-Cold War Relationship by David P. Oakley (Lexington, KY:  University Press of Kentucky, 2019), U.S. Military History Review. (Sep 2019).

Review of Silence was Salvation: Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and World War II in the Soviet Union by Cathy Frierson (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015), The Oral History Review, Vol. 44, Issue 1 (Winter/Spring 2017), 136-138.

Review of Great Sioux War: Orders of Battle by Paul Hedren (University of Oklahoma Press, 2012) in H-Net.

Review of Jackson’s Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810-1821 by Samuel Watson (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2012) in H-Net.


“Captive Samurai: Japanese Rebellion in American P.O.W. Camps.” Northern Great Plains History Conference, Virtual Conference – Sep 2020.

“Rebellion in the Camp: WWII Japanese POWs in Wisconsin.”  Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE – Mar 2020. (Conference cancelled day before presentation due to coronavirus.)

“Ultimate Long-Range Bombers:  The USAF and the Pursuit of Ballistic Nuclear Missiles.”  Society for Military History, Columbus, Ohio – May 2019.

“What Should We Teach About Nuclear Weapons in U.S. History?”, Northern Great Plains History Conference, Grand Forks, ND – Oct 2017.

“The Impending Irrelevance of the Director of National Intelligence: A Historical Perspective”, International Association for Intelligence Education Conference, Charles Town, WV – May 2017.

“Alert!: The Rush to Ready U.S. Ballistic Missiles for the Cuban Missile Crisis”, Texas Oral History Conference, Commerce, TX 2015.

“Culture in Crisis: SAC’s Response to the Cuban Missile Crisis”, Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE 2013.

“USAF Close Air Support in Theater Conflict: A Doctrinal Imperative”, Northern Great Plains History Conference, Fargo, ND 2012.


  • Patron of the Year, Stratton Taylor Library – Rogers State University, 2020.
  • Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, Rogers State University, 2019.
  • Professor of the Year, Rogers State University Athletics Department, 2019.

Professional Service

Institutional Service:  

  • Faculty advisor, Student Veterans’ Association, Rogers State University, 2018-present 
  • Faculty advisor, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science honor society, Rogers State University, 2021-present 
  • Faculty advisor, University of Mississippi/Rogers State University “Days of Intrigue” intelligence simulation, 2016-2019 
  • Selection Committee, OMA Military History Scholarships, 2019-present 
  • Selection Committee, Roosevelt Prize (top student in Military History), 2019-present 

Professional Service: 

  • Gilman Scholars Selection Panelist (RSU representative), 2021-present 
  • RSU liaison to U.S. intelligence community, 2018-present 
  • RSU coordinator for Better Angels, 2021-present 
  • Manuscript reviewer, Naval Institute Press, 2018-present 
  • Reviewer, Journal of Military History, 2019-present  
  • Reviewer, U.S. Military History Review, 2019-present 
  • Reviewer, H-Net Social Sciences & Humanities Online, 2012-present 
  • Reviewer, American Library Association – CHOICE 
  • Chair, “Civil Wars Far and Near,” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE – 2020 (Conference cancelled the day before presentation due to coronavirus.) 
  • Chair, “World War II: Prisoners of War and Veterans’ Rights,” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE – 2019 
  • Chair and commentator, “Insurgency, Decolonization, and Foreign Aid in Vietnam,” Society of  Military History Annual Conference, Louisville, KY – 2018 
  • Chair and commentator, “Blockade Culture of the American Civil War” and Judge, MA paper  competition, 5th Annual Texas A&M History Conference, College Station, TX – 2014 

Invited Speaker

  • Book talk: Assured Destruction: Building the Ballistic Missile Culture of the U.S. Air Force. RSU Libraries, Jan 2021 
  • Book talk: Assured Destruction: Building the Ballistic Missile Culture of the U.S. Air Force. Claremore Museum of History, Sep 2020 
  • RSU Senior Day, Nov 2020 and Nov 2021 
  • Opening of RSU Student Veterans’ Center – February 2020 
  • Tulsa Metro Days, Nov 2019 
  • OKC Counselors’ Luncheon, Oct 2019 
  • “History of the Oklahoma Military Academy.” Claremore Historical Society, June 2019.
  •  “Ethics of U.S. Intelligence Collection.” Tulsa Philosophical Society, March 2019.
  • “Centennial Honoring World War I.”  Tulsa Historical Society, November 2018.


  • OMA Uniform displays throughout RSU campus 
  • Smithsonian Institute Exhibit on 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of 19th Amendment 

Committee Service

  • Campus Security Authority, Clery Act, 2021-present 
  • Member, RSU Budget Advisory Committee, 2019-present
  • Member, RSU Assessments Committee, 2018-present.
  • Member, Title IX Appeals Committee, 2019-present.
  • Member, Enrollment Management Committee, 2019.
  • Member/Scretary, Faculty Development Committee, 2019-present.
  • High Impact Leaders and Learners (HILL) Award Selection Committee, 2019.
  • Oklahoma Guard Officers Leadership Development program selection committee, 2019.

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2020 Rogers State University – Scholarly Activities Grant
  • 2019 Rogers State University – Scholarly Activities Grants (2)
  • 2017 University of Mississippi – Conference Grant
  • 2016 University of Mississippi – Conference Grant
  • 2015 History Department, Texas A&M University – Conference Grant
  • 2014 Smith Richardson Foundation – World Politics and Statecraft Fellow
  • 2014 History Department, Texas A&M University – Research Grant
  • 2013 Office of Graduate Studies, Texas A&M – Research and Presentation Grant
  • 2012 History Department, Texas A&M – Conference Grant
  • 2002 Joseph J. Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies, National Council on US-Arab Relations

Other experience

  • 1988-2009, Commissioned officer, U.S. Air Force
  • Deputy Director of Intelligence, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency (now 25th AF)
  • Chief, counterterrorism for US Central Command deployed HQ
  • Counterterrorism analyst for US Central Command from 2001-2003
  • Middle East/North Africa intelligence analyst for HQ USAF
  • AF Representative to the National Intelligence Council for Middle East/North Africa
  • AF Representative to the National Military Joint Intelligence Center
  • Commander, intelligence collection unit
  • Director of Operations, intelligence collection/counter-intelligence unit
  • Anti-terrorism/Counter-terrorism Division Chief, AF Force Protection Battlelab
  • Intelligence officer, Joint Interagency Coordination Group, US Central Command

Community Service

  • Board Member, Rogers County Youth Service, 2020-present 
  • Board Vice President, Compassion Women’s Center, 2019-present