Dr. David Mets, a researcher at the Air Force Research Institute and a member of Air and Space Power Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board, is retiring. A diplomatic- and military-history icon, he has been an integral part of ASPJ for over 35 years.
Dr. Mets’s contributions to the United States military began in 1946 when he enlisted in the US Navy and eventually earned an appointment to the Naval Academy. After graduating in 1953, he traded his fins for wings and accepted a commission in the US Air Force. During his flying days, he served as an instructor navigator, instructor pilot, and aircraft commander; flew over 900 C-130B sorties in Vietnam; and commanded an AC-130 squadron in Thailand. Dr. Mets has guided the scholastic achievements of numerous military professionals throughout his career, serving as an instructor of diplomatic and military history at both the US Air Force Academy in the 1960s and the US Military Academy in the 1970s.
Prior to his retirement from active duty in 1979, Dr. Mets served as editor of Air University Review, a predecessor of ASPJ. He is well known for his “Fodder for Your Professional Reading” series of articles, which combined book reviews in specific categories and related those to professional development. Dr. Mets continues to provide guidance and expertise to the Journal staff on a variety of topics.
After a brief stint as a professor of history and international relations at Troy State University–Florida Region, Dr. Mets returned to Air University in the 1990s as a professor at the School of Advanced Airpower Studies (now the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies) at Maxwell AFB where he taught for 14 years. He has been a military defense analyst and researcher with Air University’s College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education and the Air Force Research Institute since 2006.
A noted expert in and advocate for airpower, Dr. Mets has published five books: NATO: Alliance for Peace (1981), Land-Based Air Power in Third World Crises (1986), Master of Airpower: General Carl A. Spaatz (1988), The Air Campaign: John Warden and the Classical Airpower Theorists, revised edition (1999), and, most recently, Airpower and Technology: Smart and Unmanned Weapons (2009).
On behalf of the ASPJ staff, past and present, we thank Dr. Mets for his many years of service and dedication to both the Air and Space Power Journal and the United States Air Force. ✪