Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
Howard Coombs photo

Howard Coombs, Ph.D.

Associate Chair War Studies Program
Royal Military College of Canada
Calvary House, 303, RMC
613.541.6000 x 6535

Dr. Howard G. Coombs retired from active duty with the Canadian Forces in 2003. 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 and is currently an Assistant Professor of the Royal Military College of Canada. He is also a member of the Canadian Army Reserve assigned on a part-time basis to the staff of the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre, Kingston.

Coombs has 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.

Current Interests/Research:

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


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Royal Military College of Canada (RMC)