Dr. David Bath

Name: Dr. David Bath

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 918-343-6820

Title: Assistant Professor/Veteran Sponsor

Department: History & Political Science

Office: Baird Hall, Room 219J

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


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; War, Ethics, and Religion; Intelligence, Politics, and Public Policy

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 – expected publication date January 2020.

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.

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.

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.

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.


“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.


  • Professor of the Year, Rogers State University Athletics Department, 2019.

Professional Service

  • Faculty Advisor, Student Veterans’ Association
  • Manuscript reviewer, Naval Institute Press, 2019-Present.
  • 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.
  • Commentator, Texas A&M History Conference, College Station, TX – 2014.

Invited Speaker

  • “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.

Committee Service

  • Member, RSU Assessments Committee, 2018-present.
  • Member, Title IX Appeals Committee, 2019-present.
  • Member, Enrollment Management Committee, 2019.
  • Member, Faculty Development Committee, 2019-present.
  • High Impact Leaders and Learners (HILL) Award Selection Committee, 2019.

Fellowships and Grants

  • 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