David Kilcullen is an Australian author, strategist and counterinsurgency expert and is currently the non-executive Chairman and a Founder of Caerus Associates, a strategy and design consulting firm.
Building on his experience as a strategist and soldier, he was motivated by the idea that conflict is dynamic and hyper-local. Dr. Kilcullen served 25 years as a light infantry officer in the Australian Army.
Dr. Kilcullen is one of the world’s leading experts on guerrilla warfare. He has served in every theatre of the ‘War on Terror’ since 9/11, as special advisor for counter-insurgency to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, senior counter-insurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, and chief counter-terrorism strategist for the US State Department. He is a former Australian Army officer with combat experience in South-East Asia and the Middle East.
Dr Kilcullen completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Military Art and Science at UNSW. In 1993 Kilcullen graduated from the Australian Defence Force School of Languages with an Advanced Diploma in Applied Linguistics. He is fluent in Indonesian and speaks some Arabic and French. Kilcullen received a PhD in politics from the UNSW in 2000.