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 Bath

In the News:
RSU Professor’s Published Book Explores Political Intrigue of U.S. Ballistic Missile Culture [more]

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

Dr. Bath also serve as the Faculty Advisor for the Student Veteran Association.


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

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


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.

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.


“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

  • Faculty advisor, Student Veterans Association, Rogers State University.
  • Faculty advisor, University of Mississippi “Days of Intrigue” intelligence simulation, 2016-2019.
  • Manuscript reviewer, Naval Institute Press, 2019-Present.
  • 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.
  • Reviewer, Journal of Military History, 2019-present.
  • Reviewer, U.S. Military History Review, 2019-present.
  • Reviewer, H-Net, 2012-present.

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 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