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”
Ph.D. Chair: Joseph G. Dawson III

Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence
National Intelligence University
Thesis: “Learning from our Past:  Gathering Intelligence from our Prisoners of War”
Advisor: James Major

Master of Arts in History
University of North Dakota
Thesis: “The Captive Samurai:  Japanese Prisoners Detained in the United States during World War II”
Advisor: Albert Berger

Bachelor of Arts in History
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Research/Teaching Interests

US military history; Cold War; Recent U.S. History, Diplomacy & War in Society; intelligence; Modern Asia; Middle East


2023-Present Associate Professor of History, Rogers State University
2018-2023 Assistant Professor of History, Rogers State University

Courses taught: 

  • American History to 1877 (on-ground, online)
  • American History since 1877 (on-ground, online, dual on-ground/distance learning)
  • 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 (on-ground, distance learning)
  • America and the World, 1914-1945
  • Readings in Ancient History
  • Introduction to Public History
  • Integration of the U.S. Military
  • Readings in Recent U.S. History
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Readings in Military Leadership/Strategy
  • U.S Conflicts after the Cold War
  • Hegemonic Conflict

2016-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor/Project Coordinator, Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, University of Mississippi

Courses developed and taught: 

  • Introduction to Intelligence
  • National Security Issues of the 21st Century
  • Capstone – Intelligence and Security Studies

2012 Section Leader, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Course taught:

  • United States since 1877

2011 Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Courses taught:          

  • United States through 1877
  • Civil War and Reconstruction

2009-2010 Adjunct Instructor/Instructor of Record, Alamo Area Colleges, San Antonio, Texas

Courses taught:

  • 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 taught:

  • Level II Antiterrorism Officer Training

2004-2006 Lecturer, Intelligence Masters’ Skills Course, San Antonio, Texas

 Course taught:

  • Cutting-edge Technologies and Methodologies


  • Assured Destruction: Building the Ballistic Missile Culture of the U.S. Air Force, Naval Institute Press, 2020.
  • 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.
  • “World War II Interrogation Centers in the United States,” North American Society for Intelligence History Newsletter, Winter 2022.
  • “First Alert”: Combat Crew, 26-27, Strategic Air Command, Dec 1989.

Book Reviews

  • John M. Curatola, Autumn of Our Discontent: Fall 1949 and the Crises in American National Security (Baltimore, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2022) for The Strategy Bridge.
  • Hal Brands, The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great Power Rivalry Today (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2022) in Choice Connect, Vol. 60,    Issue 7.
  • Ko Unoki, Racism, Diplomacy, and International Relations (Philadelphia, PA: Routledge, 2022) for Choice Connect.
  • Benjamin Miller and Ziv Rubinovitz, Grand Strategy from Truman to Trump (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020) in H-Net.
  • Brendan Rittenhouse Green, The Revolution that Failed:  Nuclear Competition, Arms Control, and the Cold War (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2020) in H-Net.
  • Gates Brown, Eisenhower’s Nuclear Calculus in Europe:  The Politics of IRBM Deployment in NATO Nations (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., 2019) in H-Net.
  • Ingo Trauschweizer, Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam (Lexington, KY:  University Press of Kentucky, 2019) in Journal of Military History, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Oct 2019), 1341-42.
  • David P. Oakley, Subordinating Intelligence:  The DoD/CIA Post-Cold War Relationship (Lexington, KY:  University Press of Kentucky, 2019) in U.S. Military History Review (Sep 2019).
  • Cathy Frierson, Silence was Salvation:  Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and World War II in the Soviet Union (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) in The Oral History Review, Vol. 44, Issue 1 (Winter/Spring 2017), 136-138.
  • Paul Hedren, Great Sioux War: Orders of Battle by (University of Oklahoma Press, 2012) in H-Net (Apr 2013).
  • Samuel Watson, Jackson’s Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810-1821 (Lawrence:  University Press of Kansas, 2012) in H-Net (July 2013).


  • “Bracing for Armageddon: Missileers in the Cuban Missile Crisis.” Society of Military History Conference, Fort Worth, TX – Apr 2022.
  • “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 one day before presentation due to coronavirus.)
  • “Ultimate Long-Range Bombers:  The USAF and the Pursuit of Ballistic Nuclear Missiles.”  Society for Military History, Columbus, OH – 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.

Invited Speaker

  • Veterans Day Presentation – Legacy Christian School, 2022.
  • Modern Scholar Podcast over Assured Destruction with Phillip Shackelford, Mar 2022.
  • 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
  • “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 (ongoing)
  • Smithsonian Institute Exhibit on 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of 19th Amendment

Institutional Service

  • Co-chair, HLC Assurance Argument Criterion 4: Teaching and Learning-Evaluation and Improvement Team, 2022 to present
  • Senator-at-Large, School of Arts and Sciences – RSU Faculty Senate
  • Faculty Advisor and founder, Alpha Mu Eta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, 2021 to present
  • Faculty advisor, Student Veterans’ Association, Rogers State University, 2018-present
  • Faculty advisor, University of Mississippi/Rogers State University “Days of Intrigue” intelligence simulation, 2016-2019

Professional Service

  • Gilman Scholars Selection Panelist (RSU representative), 2021-present
  • RSU liaison to U.S. intelligence community, 2018-present
  • Consultant on ballistic missiles to The New Yorker, 2020-present
  • Chair, Weapons, “Arms, and Strategy,” Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference, virtual, March 2022
  • 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

Committee Service

  • Member, ad hoc Commencement Planning Committee (faculty representative), 2022
  • Member, Hiring committee for Director, First Year Experience, 2022
  • Chair, Hiring committee for History/Political Science assistant professor, 2021-22
  • Hiring committee for RSU Coordinator for Counseling Services 2020 and 2021
  • Selection Committee, OMA Military History Scholarships, 2019-present
  • Selection Committee, Roosevelt Prize (top student in Military History), 2019-present
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee for Campus and Community Engagement Campus Security Authority, Clery Act, 2021-present
  • Member, RSU Budget Advisory Committee, 2019-present
  • Member, Faculty Development Committee, 2019-present
  • Member, RSU Assessments Committee, 2018-present
  • Member, Title IX Appeals Committee, 2019-2020
  • Member, Enrollment Management Committee, 2019
  • High Impact Leaders and Learners (HILL) Award selection committee, 2019
  • Oklahoma Guard Officers Leadership Development program selection committee, 2019

Community Service

  • Board member, Compassion Women’s Center (VP – 2020, President – 2021-22), 2019-present
  • Board Member, Rogers County Youth Service, 2020-present
  • College Sunday school teacher, First Baptist Church, 2021-present


  • Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, Rogers State University, 2019
  • Professor of the Year, Rogers State University Athletics Department, 2019
  • Patron of the Year, Stratton Taylor Library, Rogers State University, 2020
  • Nominated for College of Arts and Sciences Service Award, 2022
  • Nominated for College of Arts and Sciences Scholarly Activities (Research) Award, 2021

Fellowships and Grants

  • Rogers State University – Scholarly Activities Grants, 2019 (2), 2020, 2022
  • University of Mississippi – Conference Grants, 2016 & 2017
  • History Department, Texas A&M University – Conference Grant, 2015
  • Smith Richardson Foundation – World Politics and Statecraft Fellow, 2014
  • History Department, Texas A&M University – Research Grant, 2014
  • Office of Graduate Studies, Texas A&M – Research and Presentation Grant, 2013
  • History Department, Texas A&M – Conference Grant, 2012
  • Joseph J. Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies, National Council on US-Arab Relations, 2002

Other Experience

  • Commissioned officer, U.S. Air Force 1988-2009
  • Deputy Director of Intelligence, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency
  • Intelligence Chief, Joint Interagency Coordination Group, US Central Command Chief, Counterterrorism for US Central Command Deployed HQ, Baghdad 2003
  • 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