Emeritus Professor David Horner

AM, DipMilStud (RMC), MA (Hons) (UNSW), PhD (ANU), FASSA
Official Historian and Professor of Australian Defence History, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
College of Asia & 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 2012); Head of the Australian Army's Land Warfare Studies Centre (1998 to 2002); adviser to TV programs. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He was awarded the UK Intelligence Book of the Year Prize for 2015, and was the joint winner of the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Australian History for his book The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO, 1949-1963


Projects and Grants

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