Dr. David Kilcullen

Senior Associate Fellow

Dr. David Kilcullen served in the Australian Army as an infantry officer from 1985 to 2005. He deployed on operations in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Middle East and served as Australian exchange instructor at the British Army’s Infantry Platoon Commanders’ Battle Course in 1995-97 and deployed alongside British forces engaged in peace enforcement in East Timor and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In 2007, as a Lieutenant Colonel, he transferred from the Army to the Office of National Assessments, Australia’s strategic intelligence analysis agency. He was later seconded to the United States government where he served as Chief Strategist in the U.S. State Department Counterterrorism Bureau, as Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to Multinational Force Iraq, and as Special Advisor for Counterinsurgency to the U.S. Secretary of State.

After leaving government he founded two research companies and a tech company, and published several books on insurgency, guerrilla warfare, urban warfare and military adaptation.

His current research interests include future conflict, urban operations, public safety, counterterrorism and unconventional warfare. He holds a Ph.D in Politics from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Management in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, a BA (Hons) from the University of New South Wales, and a Graduate Diploma in linguistics from the Australian Defence Force School of Languages. He has received several honours from the Australian and United States governments, and his books have been awarded numerous literary and academic awards.