Leland R. Erickson, M.S.  Freelance Intelligence Analyst, Historical Researcher, Writer, Lecturer, Consulting Subject Matter Expert on Military History

Leland R. Erickson, M.S.

Freelance Intelligence Analyst, Historical Researcher, Writer, Lecturer, Consulting Subject Matter Expert on Military History

  • M.S., Intelligence Management
  • B.A., General Psychology

Leland R. Erickson is a senior faculty member of Henley-Putnam University, having been involved with the university since its inception. He has studied military history, strategy, tactics, and leadership since childhood and  has spent over 35 years investigating various conflicts in depth, particularly the lesser-known battles, campaigns, and wars of the Far East and the 20th century. Professor Erickson has also acted as a freelance historical researcher for various manufacturers and other interested parties and is a regular guest speaker at Bay Area events pertaining to Military History. His focus in both his research and public presentations places a particular emphasis on changing and emergent technologies and how they impacted the historical evolution of strategy, operations, tactics, and the outcomes of past conflicts.

An experienced historical researcher, Professor Erickson is currently authoring an ongoing series of articles for the World War One Historical Association’s publication World War One Illustrated covering various topics of that first truly global, industrialized conflict.

Professor Erickson is also an expert in commercial private security, with over thirteen years experience in private loss prevention including extensive experience in site safety inspections, security training, security administration and supervision. He is also a highly trained professional in customer service best practices, with experience interacting with public figures, foreign dignitaries, celebrities, and their staffs including Executive Protection details.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Psychology from San Jose State University in 1989. Minoring in Religious Studies, he has had a decades long interest in the nature and scope of millenarian religious movements, religious extremism, and the psychological process of radicalization.

Professor Erickson completed his master’s degree in Intelligence Management at Henley-Putnam University summa cum laude in 2015. He is a recipient of the H-PU University Excellence Award for outstanding academic achievement, and is a member of the Delta Tau Epsilon Honor Society.

Professional Experience

  • Distance Learning Educator for Henley-Putnam University (2007-Present)
  • Experienced Lecturer on Military History topics covering diverse subject matter
  • Historical Researcher providing guidance on military equipment and weapon systems for scale model production. Over 90 different projects completed to date (1996-Present)
  • Author of a growing body of military history articles, tactical simulation (wargame) rules, and supplements (1998-Present)
  • Customer Service (VIP) Best Practices expert (1988-Present)
  • Commercial Private Security professional Stanford Shopping Center Security Department. Experience includes serving as shift supervisor and later as administrative assistant to security department manager (1984-1998)

Education & Professional Certifications

  • M.S., Intelligence Management, Henley-Putnam University, 2015
  • B.A., General Psychology, San Jose State University, 1989
  • A.A., Liberal Arts, Menlo College, 1982

Scholarly Activity

  • Book review: The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda by Ali H. Soufan. London, New York, W.W. Norton & Company, 2011. Journal of Strategic Security 8:3, 2015, Article 9.
  • Multiple articles for World War One Illustrated magazine covering the events and technological advances of the First World War, especially the dramatic technological breakthroughs and advances of the French Army 1914-18 to be presented as an article series.
  • Researching the nature of the ideologies of radicalized extremist movements within the Muslim world, especially the extensive influence of the Wahhabi cult dogma in shaping the ideologies and actions of such movements as ISIL/Daesh, Boko Haram, and the various adjuncts of the al-Qaeda network. This effort aimed at producing articles for publication on this topic in the Journal of Strategic Security.
  • Lecturing pro bono on Military History subjects for War College series hosted by historian Dana Lombardy at different Bay Area venues. Subjects to date include the development of armored fighting vehicles by the French Army 1903-1918, the China’s Warlord Period 1911-1931, the myths surrounding the collapse of France May-June 1940, the evolution of warfare in Feudal Japan 1274-1615, and the Imjim War 1592-98. Future planned lectures include MesoAmerican (Pre-Columbian) warfare in Central America, the critical role of the development and deployment enmasse of two-way voice radio communications technology in the early successes of the German blitzkrieg in Poland, Western Europe, and Russia 1939-41, and an in depth look at the tactics that led to the shattering defeat of the Takeda clan at the Battle of Nagashino 1575.
  • Developing for publication several tactical simulation (wargame) rules covering various genres including the wars of the Napoleonic Age, the Sengoku Jidai (Warring States Period) of feudal Japan, armored warfare during the first three years of the Second World War, and MesoAmerican warfare in the pre-Columbian period of Central and South America.
  • Continuing to provide pro bono historical research support to manufacturers of scale models within the global tabletop wargaming community.