Howard Coombs, Ph.D.

Howard Coombs

Deputy Director, CIDP

Associate Chair War Studies Program

Royal Military College of Canada

613-541-6000 x 6535

Robert Sutherland Hall #407


DR. HOWARD G. COOMBS is an Associate Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada, and as of the fall of 2021 he has taken the position as the Deputy Director of the CIDP. He is also a part-time Canadian Army reservist with the Office of the Chief of Reserves, located at the Canadian Armed Forces National Defence Headquarters and is assigned on a part-time basis to the staff of the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre, Kingston. 

Dr. Howard G. Coombs retired from active duty with the Canadian Forces in 2003. Coombs had a number of operational deployments to the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan as a military officer on regular and reserve duty. In addition to that he deployed with Joint Task Force Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011 as a civilian advisor to the Task Force Commander. He has been awarded the Order of Military Merit and the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service.

He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Staff School, Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies, which awarded his Master’s degree. Coombs received his PhD in military history from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. 

His research interests are Canadian professional military education, in addition to Canadian military operations and training. In 2020 he was the first Canadian Mobilising Insights in Defence and Security Programme (MINDS) Fellow at the NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy.

Current Interests/Research:

  • Canadian professional military education,
  • Canadian military operations and training since 1946.