Jack Cann

Jack Cann

Adjunct Lecturer (2008)

Office Hours: 10:00-11:00 M-W or by appointment

Office: Nau 352

Email: jpc6ug (at) virginia.edu

Fields and Specialties

Military History; Modern African Conflict


PhD, War Studies: King's College, University of London, 1996

MA, National Security Studies: Georgetown University, 1993

MBA, University of Virginia.1970

BA, University of Virginia, 1963


20th century unconventional conflict in Lusophone Africa, have published widely on this topic as well as modern African conflict more broadly and insurgency and guerrilla warfare generally. First became interested in this form of conflict while flying from bases in Portuguese possessions in the 1960s and 1970s. African colonial fighting and later civil conflict have produced a rich vein of research that has been fascinating to uncover and follow. On average, there are 6-8 wars being fought on the African continent at any one time.

Currently working on a book on airpower in counterinsurgency to be published in 2014, and have just completed a book on the use of indigenous forces in counterinsurgency that appeared in October 2013. Earlier book topics are on the Portuguese colonial war and the use of riverine forces in counterinsurgency. Article topics range from small wars generally to specific political and military issues in Africa.

Principal Publications and Awards

Flight Plan Africa (Helion, forthcoming)

The Flechas: Insurgent Hunting in Eastern Angola 1965-1974 (Helion (UK) and Thirty-Degrees South (SA), 2013)

The Brown Waters of Africa (Hailer Publishing/Helion, 2007; revision, 2013)

  • Medalha da Cruz Naval (Portuguese) (2008)

 Counterinsurgency in Africa (Greenwood/Helion, 1997; paperback, 2012)

  • Medalha Dom Afonso Henriques (Portuguese) (1998)

 Courses Taught

HIAF 401 Decolonization and Modern African Conflict

HIUS 207 Twentieth Century Military History

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