Dr. David Bath

Name: Dr. David Bath

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 918-343-6820

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science

Office: Baird Hall, Room 219J

Dr. Bath is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Rogers State University.


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

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

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

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

Research/Teaching interests

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


2018-Present, Assistant Professor, Rogers State University
Courses: American History to 1877, American History since 1877, Introduction to Military History

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

2012, Section Leader, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Course: United States since 1877

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

2010, Adjunct Instructor/Instructor of Record, San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas
Courses: U.S. History from Colonization to the Civil War, U.S. History from Reconstruction to Present

2009-2010, Adjunct Instructor/Instructor of Record, Northwest Vista College, 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


Apogee: The Rise and Fall of Missiles in the U.S. Air Force, 1957-1967. Book manuscript under contract with Naval Institute Press.

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.

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.

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.


“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.

Professional Service

Chair and commentator, “Insurgency, Decolonization, and Foreign Aid in Vietnam,” Society of Military History Annual Conference, 2018, Louisville, KY.

Commentator, ”    “, Texas A&M History Conference, 2015?, College Station, TX.

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

Fellowships and Grants

  • 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

 Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Former Intelligence Officers
  • Society for Military History
  • Oral History Association
  • Association of Air Force Missileers
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society