Ltc. (ret.) William J. Astore served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring in 2005.

He was professor of history, and has written extensively for, Truthout, History News Network (HNN), Alternet, Salon,, and Huffington Post among other sites.  He is the author or co-author of three books: Soldiers’ Lives through History: The Early Modern World (2007, co-written with Dennis E. Showalter), Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism (2005, with Showalter), and Observing God: Thomas Dick, Evangelicalism, and Popular Science in Victorian Britain and America (2001). His numerous articles focus on military history as well as the history of science, technology, and religion. 

He earned a BS (with distinction) in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University (history of science and technology), and a D.Phil. (doctor of philosophy) from the University of Oxford (modern history). He has taught at the Air Force Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Military history
  • Defense applications of science, technology, and religion
  • Police militarization and domestic implications of foreign wars
  • Defense spending and the Military-Industrial-Complex

Recent News

  • William Astore: The Pentagon Cowbird
    Imagine allowing kids in schools to go hungry because of alleged lack of funds but then funneling nearly a trillion dollars yearly to the parasitic Pentagon cowbird in our midst.
  • William Astore: The War in Yemen
    We owe it to ourselves as citizens…to inform ourselves about what our government is up to, especially when what it’s up to is killing, whether directly or indirectly, untold numbers of people around the world.
  • William Astore: Civilians, the Forgotten Victims of War
    “True security…should be focused on providing a collective standard of living that ensures all Americans can afford nutritious food, a decent place to live, adequate clothing, a life-enriching education, & health care.