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Ft. Leavenworth: John Boyd and Air Power Theory

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Brash.  Brilliant.  Pompous.  Ground-breaking.  The list goes on but fails to capture the drive, the talent, the intellectual horsepower, or the creativity of Colonel (R) John Boyd, USAF.  There are many scholars and Boyd fans who contend that Boyd is the greatest military theorist that you have never heard of, but should have.  Throughout his storied, if tumultuous career, Boyd developed a well-earned reputation for identifying problems of air combat, aircraft design, and military strategy and generating powerful solutions, which usually challenged the system, existing norms, and business as usual, but always advanced military theory and ideas.  This presentation will explore John Boyd the person, his intellectual processes, and his ideas to better understand his contribution to strategy and warfighting.

During the event, submit your questions for Mr. Johnson to for the question-and-answer portion of the program.

This program is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

This special program will be live-streamed to the institute’s YouTube channel and to its website, Due to continuing concerns regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic, the program will only be available online. Follow the Dole Institute on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for updates regarding this and future programming.

Chris Johnson

Christopher Johnson is an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, where he teaches in the Department of Military History.  He served for over 31 years as an officer in the U.S. Army with operational tours throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.  Chris is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, focusing on the U.S. Occupation of Japan after World War II.

The Ft. Leavenworth Series

The Ft. Leavenworth Series is an annual roster of lectures focusing on significant historical events, usually with an emphasis on military history. Each lecture is presented by faculty from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Established by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1881, the CGSC is the graduate college for U.S. Army and sister service officers. The esteemed faculty and guests of the CGSC provide unique and captivating insights into the history of military conflict from the ancient to the modern ages at the Dole Institute of Politics.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West Campus and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive, and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of US Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole. “


March 4
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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