Dr. Mark Clodfelter

Professor Emeritus, National War College

Dr. Mark Clodfelter retired from full time teaching duties at the National War College in July 2019 and was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus as a tribute to his decades long service to Professional Military Education. Mark “Clod” Clodfelter is a former Air Force officer who was a ground radar officer by trade. After serving radar tours at Myrtle Beach and South Korea, he spent the remainder of his career in military academia. That service has included two teaching tours in the Air Force Academy's History Department, one at the Air Force's School of Advanced Airpower Studies (SAAS) at Maxwell AFB, and one as Air Force ROTC Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a BS from the US Air Force Academy, an MA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Limits of Air Power: The American Bombing of North Vietnam (Free Press, 1989), Beneficial Bombing: The Progressive Foundations of American Air Power, 1917-1945 (University of Nebraska Press, 2010) and numerous articles and book chapters dealing with the American military experience. His area of expertise is American military history, with a special emphasis on air power and the Vietnam War.

FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: Gettysburg Campaign; Curriculum Development; Air Power--Theory, Doctrine, History; Foundations in Theory of War; Vietnam and Counterinsurgency Warfare