John T. Kuehn, Ph.D.

Research Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Professor John T. Kuehn, Ph.D., serves as the Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History for the Hattendorf Historical Center at the U.S. Naval War College. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004, serving 23 years as a naval flight officer and taught military history at the Army Command and General Staff college until his current position. He has authored “Agents of Innovation” (2008) and five other books on military history and was awarded a Moncado Prize from the Society for Military History in 2011. His latest book from ABC-CLIO is “The 100 Worst Military Disasters in History,” co-authored with David Holden.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Warfare
  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Cold War
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Geopolitics
  • Maritime History
  • Military Planning
  • Military Theory
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


Major General William Stofft Chair of Historical Research

I was selected by the college for this rotating chair in 2013 and served to 2016. I completed research and published two books as the Stofft Chair. I continued to teach military history in the position, although with a reduced load of one staff group (seminar) of 16 officers.

Award Winner, Society of Military History Moncado Prize

The Society of Military History selects one winner each year for the best article published in The Journal of Military History. I was selected for my article: "The U.S. Navy General Board and Naval Arms Limitation: 1922-1937,” first published October 2010.

Military Instructor of the Year, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

This honor is bestowed on one active duty military instructor every year at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth Kansas and includes a certificate and reserved parking spot. I served as the military instructor of the year for 2003-2004.


Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2007, History

M.M.A.S., School of Advanced Military Studies, 1998

M.M.A.S., Army Command and General Staff College, 1997, Military History

M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1988, Systems Engineering (with honors)

B.A., Miami University (Ohio), 1979, Zoology

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External Memberships and Associations

United States Naval Institute

Society of Military History

U.S. Military History Review
Member, editorial board

Member, editorial board

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