Pollyanna Padden

Pollyanna Padden


  • War, Power, International Affairs


  • PhD Student

I am a PhD student currently living in Grant, Alabama.  I retired from the United States Air Force after a 25-year career as an Air Force pilot, staff officer, and unit commander.  My assignments included tours on the staff at US Forces Korea and US Special Forces Command.  I completed several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Special Forces Command and commanding conventional flying units.  I intend to center my studies on War, Power and International Affairs (WPIA) focusing on US foreign policy and strategic decision-making.

Bachelor of Science in Social Science, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1986)

Master of Arts in Military Studies (Land Warfare), American Military University, Manassas, Virginia (1999)

Master of Arts in Military Operational Art and Science,  Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (1999)

Master of Arts in Strategic Studies, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania (2008)

History of US Foreign Policy

Modern Military History

Early and Modern United States History

Student, Advanced Strategic Arts Program, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania (2007-2008)

Chair, Department of Leadership and Strategy, United States Air Force Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (2008-2010)

Instructor, Leadership and Strategy, Air War College (2008-2010)

Instructor, Australia and India Regional Studies, Air War College (2009-2010)

Chair of course development and introduction of the Grand Strategy Program at Air War College (2009-2010)