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Professor David Horner

AM, DipMilStud (RMC), MA (Hons) (UNSW), PhD (ANU)
Official Historian and Professor of Australian Defence History, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Studies 160604
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • Biography 210304
  • International Relations 160607

Research interests

Australian defence history, particularly strategy, command, intelligence and operations and current defence issues. His major research projects are the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping and Post-Cold War Operations, which is a joint ANU-Australian War Memorial project; and the Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.


Served for 25 years in the Australian Regular Army, including active service in South Vietnam; joined SDSC in 1990; Editor of the Army History Series (1994 to present); Head of the Australian Army's Land Warfare Studies Centre (1998 to 2002); adviser to TV programs.


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