Prof. Sarah Kreps featured in new ‘Military Mysteries’ TV series

Sarah Kreps has been analyzing the military since her days as an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force, so when the History Channel went looking for experts for their new series, “The Proof Is Out There: Military Mysteries,” she was a natural fit.

Kreps, the John L. Wetherill Professor in the Department of Government in the College of Arts and Sciences, adjunct professor of law, and the director of Tech Policy Institute in the Cornell Brooks School of Public Policy, has been explaining military questions, from drones to cyberwarfare, to students, government officials – including Congress and Homeland Security -- and journalists for many years. She’s written seven books, including “Drone Warfare,” “Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War,” and the forthcoming “Checking the Costs of War: Sources of Accountability in U.S. Foreign Policy.”

Beginning April 22 when “Military Mysteries” premieres, the History Channel audience will hear her insights on mysteries that span the modern era of warfare.

The filming took place in North Carolina in 2021 by a four-person crew in what Kreps called “an eight hour marathon of questions and answers” about almost a dozen different mysteries around conflict.

“I was blown away by how much work goes on behind the scenes with the film crew,” said Kreps. “They're not in front of the cameras so they get less credit than they deserve.”

Combat veterans Rudy Reyes and Ronnie Adkins are the faces in front of the camera for the series, analyzing the alleged cover-ups, conspiracies and propaganda hoaxes around these unexplained events.

“There was a ton of prep work involved in researching certain military curiosities,” said Kreps, “like what happened to an Army soldier who disappeared after a training operation and some American troops who crashed over North Africa during World War II and disappeared in the Sahara desert.  The stories are fascinating and gave me an opportunity to dig into history and evidence.”

The series premieres 10 pm ET on Mon., April 22 at and will be available for streaming the next day.

Linda B. Glaser is news and media relations manager for the College of Arts and Sciences

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