President and CEO @ Cordillera Applications Group, Inc.
Director @ Native Data
Director @ Thesigers
Queen's Commission @
Royal Military College Duntroon
Dave Kilcullen is a bestselling author and scholar, and a former professional soldier and diplomat. He is Founder and Chairman of Caerus Global Solutions, a strategic research and design consultancy based in Washington DC, and Chairman of First Mile Geo, a geospatial analysis start-up that works with communities in disaster and conflict-affected areas to create participative maps
Dave Kilcullen is a bestselling author and scholar, and a former professional soldier and diplomat. He is Founder and Chairman of Caerus Global Solutions, a strategic research and design consultancy based in Washington DC, and Chairman of First Mile Geo, a geospatial analysis start-up that works with communities in disaster and conflict-affected areas to create participative maps which guide humanitarian assistance efforts.
Before founding Caerus, Dave served 24 years as an infantry officer in the Australian Army, then with the U.S. State Department, where he was chief strategist in the Counterterrorism Bureau, Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, and then Senior Advisor for Counterinsurgency to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
He advises world institutions, governments, businesses, NGOs and local communities across the globe, while working on complex humanitarian and security challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Sri Lanka, Colombia and elsewhere. Foreign Policy named him as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009.
Dave is the author of numerous scholarly articles and of three books: the PROSE Award winner and Washington Post bestseller The Accidental Guerrilla (2009), Counterinsurgency (2010), and Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla, which won the 2013 PROSE award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in Government and Politics.
Specialties: field research, political risk analysis, urban design, GIS mapping, training and education, strategic advisory services, development monitoring and evaluation, alternative and distributed energy, stabilization and reconstruction.
Founder and Chairman @ From January 2014 to Present (2 years) Associate @ The Brenthurst Foundation is on the frontier of new ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa's economic performance. The foundation's activities are focused in three areas: encouraging key decision-makers and experts to share experiences and insights at private meetings and seminars; delivering relevant, practical policy advice to governments; and generating new thinking and thought-leadership to address Africa's development challenges.
At the invitation of African governments, the Foundation works in the full spectrum of countries: from those emerging from conflict to those diversifying their economic activities. The Foundation was established with the specific aim to tackle not only the key 'what to do' questions but, in particular, the more difficult challenge of 'how to do it'. Often in collaboration with both African and non-African organisations, the Foundation identifies and shares international best policy practice - then seeks to turn good advice into effective, implementable policy. From March 2012 to Present (3 years 10 months) Advisory Board Member @ ‘Security in Transition’ (SIT) is a 5-year-research programme at the London School of Economics (LSE), funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The starting point of this research programme is the assumption that the world is in the midst of a profound change in the way that security is conceptualised and practised. From January 2011 to Present (5 years) London, United KingdomMember, Board of Advisors @ Provide strategic advice to Spirit of America, a 501c3 public charity that helps Americans serving abroad assist people in need. Since 2003 Spirit of America has provided millions in targeted assistance to help US troops to help local people in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa: Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, Pakistan, Djibouti and Kenya. From 2010 to Present (5 years) President and CEO @ Big data analysis, alternative energy projects, urban design, GIS and mapping, specialized training, strategic advice and field research -- Caerus teams work in Afghanistan,
Libya, Horn of Africa, Colombia, US, UK and several European countries. From March 2011 to January 2014 (2 years 11 months) Senior Non-Resident Fellow @ Researcher and writer on US strategy and national security policy From September 2007 to June 2013 (5 years 10 months) Member, Board of Advisors @ Provide strategic advice to owners and leadership of MEP, the US government’s leading provider of translators, interpreters and cultural advisors, with more than 8,200 personnel in 13 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. From April 2010 to May 2012 (2 years 2 months) Adviser @ Operational advice and analytical support to Headquarters ISAF, US Embassy Kabul, USAID Mission Afghanistan, Regional Command East and Regional Command South. From December 2005 to December 2011 (6 years 1 month) Adjunct Professor @ Taught at Merrill Center for Strategic Studies From 2009 to 2011 (2 years) Special Adviser to the Secretary @ Designed counterinsurgency policy for Afghanistan, Pakistan and diplomatic efforts worldwide From 2005 to 2009 (4 years) Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor @ Designed key programs for the "Surge" in Baghdad City From 2007 to 2007 (less than a year) Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry @ Command, staff and instructor roles in light infantry units including operational service in East Timor, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, Cyprus, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, UAE and elsewhere. From 1985 to 2007 (22 years)
Doctor of Philosophy, Politics of Insurgency @ University of NSW From 1994 to 2000 Masters of Management, Defense studies, High Distinction @ University of Canberra From 2001 to 2001 Grad Dip (Linguistics), Indonesian, 4+ @ ADF School of Languages From 1993 to 1993 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Military Art & Science @ Australian Defence Force Academy From 1986 to 1989 Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Politics and Language @ University of NSW From 1985 to 1989 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Military Art & Science, Distinguished Graduate @ Royal Military College of Australia From 1985 to 1988 Higher School Certificate, English, chemistry, mathematics, history, French, computer science @ St Pius X From 1977 to 1984 David Kilcullen is skilled in: Stabilization, Strategic Planning, Strategic Design, International Development, Counterinsurgency, Counterterrorism, Renewable Energy, Program Management, Field Research, Military, Government, Writing, National Security, Strategy, Politics