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Queen's University

Paul Johnston johnstonpaul.jpg

Ph.D. Candidate
Military History

Phone: 416-482-6800
Fax: 416-482-6802
Office: Watson Hall, Room 222


Ph.D., Queen's University (in progress)
M.A. War Studies, Royal Military College (1999)
B.A. (Honours) Military & Strategic Studies, Royal Roads Military College (1988)


Paul is a serving Air Force officer, currently slogging his way through the Queens History PhD programme. My research interests are centred around the history of tactical air power and the Cold War. I live in Toronto where I am posted, with my wife Sheila, our children, and the family dog Wolseley.

Publication Highlights

"Intelligence on UN Operations" chapter in Ben de Jong (ed) Peacekeeping Intelligence: Emerging Concepts for the Future (OSS International Press, 2003)

"The Myth of Manoeuvre Warfare" chapter in Allan English (ed) The Changing Face of War: Learning From History (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1998)

"Staff Systems and the Canadian Air Force" (Parts 1 and 2) The Canadian Air Force Journal (Vol 1 Issue 2, Summer 2008) and (Vol 1 Issue 3, Fall 2008)

"The Question of British Influence on US Tactical Air Power in World War II" Air Power History (Spring 2005)

"'Air Rollback': Tactical Targets ... Independent Air Power?", published in the RAF Air Power Review (Summer 2003)

"Doctrine is not Enough: The Effect of Doctrine on the Behaviour of Armies" Parameters (Autumn 2000)

"Tactical Air Power Controversies in Normandy" Canadian Military History (Spring 2000)

"No Cloak and Dagger Required: Intelligence Support to UN Peacekeeping" Intelligence and National Security (October 1997)

"D+20,000: Still Fighting the Normandy Campaign" Canadian Army Journal (Spring 2000)


My blog on NATO tactical air forces:

My military history website on tactical air power in the Battle of Normandy, 1944:

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