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COLONEL SHAWN T. COCHRAN

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Colonel Shawn T. Cochran is Commandant and Dean of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  SAASS is a selective one-year graduate school with 16 terminally credentialed faculty members and 44 Air Force, Department of Defense, and international students.  The mission of SAASS is to educate strategists for the Air Force and nation.  
  
Colonel Cochran entered the Air Force in 1995 as a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.  He served multiple assignments as an HH-60G combat rescue pilot, participating in numerous overseas contingency and humanitarian operations. Colonel Cochran commanded the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, GA, as well as expeditionary rescue squadrons at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan and Trapani-Birgi, Sicily.  He is a distinguished graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Chicago.  Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Cochran was Commander, 449th Air Expeditionary Group, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, where he also served as Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element for Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.   
 
EDUCATION 
1995  Bachelor of Science in History, US Air Force Academy, CO 
1997  Master of Public Policy in International Security & Political Economy, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 
2001  US Air Force Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, AL 
2008 US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS 
2009 US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL 
2011 Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
2012 Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
 
ASSIGNMENTS 
Aug 1995 – Jun 1997 Harvard Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA 
Jun 1997 – Dec 1997 Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, OK 
Jan 1998 – Oct 1998 Student, Undergraduate Helicopter Training, Fort Rucker, AL 
Oct 1998 – Mar 1999 Student, HH-60G Qualification Training, Kirtland AFB, NM 
Apr 1999 - May 2002 Pilot, Chief of Training, 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, GA 
May 2002 - May 2005 Evaluator Pilot, Flight Commander, 33rd Rescue Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan 
May 2005 - Jun 2007 Weapons Instructor, Asst Director of Ops, 34th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV 
Jun 2007 - Jun 2008 Student, US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, KS 
Jun 2008 – Jun 2009 Student, USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL 
Jul 2009 - Aug 2012 Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
Sep 2012 - Aug 2014 Commander, 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, GA 
Aug 2014 - May 2017 Faculty, USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL 
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018 Commander, 449th Air Expeditionary Group, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa 
 
FLIGHT INFORMATION 
Rating:  Command Pilot 
Flight Hours:  More than 2600 hours 
Aircraft Flown:  HH-60G, UH-1H, T-37B 
 
MAJOR AWARD AND DECORATIONS 
Legion of Merit 
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters 
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
NATO Medal 
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
 
War Termination as a Civil-Military Bargain. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

“Gambling for Resurrection vs. Bleeding the Army: Explaining Risky Behavior in Failing Wars.” Security Studies, vol. 27, no. 2 (2018): 204-32. 

 “The Civil–Military Divide in Protracted Small War: An Alternative View of Military Leadership Preferences and War Termination.” Armed Forces and Society, vol. 40, no. 1 (2014): 71-95. 

 “Security Assistance, Surrogate Armies, and the Pursuit of US Interests in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Strategic Studies Quarterly, vol. 4, no. 1 (2010): 111-52. 

 

 

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