Brian North


Advisor: John Hall
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Brian North


My primary field of study is US history, with an emphasis on twentieth-century military history. My secondary field of study is European military history, which I increasingly see as integrated with the development of US military history. My minor field combines the history of technology with political science to further inform my understanding.

I am especially interested in the relationship between society and the military it serves. My dissertation explores how social, economic, political, and technological changes influenced the decisions on the type of Army the US would build from the end of the Second World War to the advent of the All-Volunteer Force in the wake of Vietnam. Rather than an institutional history of the US Army, I am most interested in how Congress, executive branch, and special interests shaped the type of military we have today.


M.M.A.S., School of Advanced Military Studies, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS (2012)
M.A.,  Military Studies – Land Warfare, American Military University, American Public University System, Charles Town, WV (2008)
B.A.,  History and Anthropology, Ripon College, Ripon, WI (1996)


  • U.S./North American History

MA Title

  • “Achieving Operational Flexibility Through Task Organization: How the American Forces in Europe Beat Nazi Germany by Making the Difficult Routine.”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “The Army You Have: History of US Military Preparedness for War”

Selected Publications

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Military History
  • American Historical Association