Col Timothy "Papa" Murphy


Colonel Timothy “Papa” Murphy, representing the US Air Force, was a National Security Affairs Fellow for the 2018–19 academic year at the Hoover Institution.

Murphy commanded an operational F‐16 squadron in Germany and led the squadron on a deployment in 2016 supporting major ground offensives against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Prior to his tours in Germany and Italy, he served as a member of the Afghanistan/Pakistan Hands Program, an initiative created by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to build a cadre of military and senior civilian experts specializing in the complexities of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He earned his undergraduate degree in history from the US Air Force Academy. He holds a graduate degree in international relations from Troy University and a graduate degree in strategic studies from the National Defense University. He is the author of Kiffin Rockwell, the Lafayette Escadrille and the Birth of the United States Air Force (McFarland, 2016).

As a fellow at Hoover, he focused his research on grand strategy, Russia, and Iran.

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Lasting Lessons From The Beaches Of Normandy

by Col Timothy "Papa" Murphy, Lt Col Kevin Childsvia The Hill
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Late in the evening on June 5, 1944, U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ominously told his wife before they went to sleep, “Do you realize that by the time you wake up in the morning twenty thousand men may have been killed?”


The Syrian Paradox

by Col Timothy "Papa" Murphyvia The Washington Times
Thursday, February 14, 2019

We need to stay in Syria, and it has very little to do with ISIS.