Dr. David Kilcullen is the Chief Executive Officer of Caerus Associates. Dave pioneers new ways to understand and engage with environments in conflict. He founded Caerus around a simple idea: that responding to the needs of local communities can have mutually beneficial effects for governments, businesses and populations.
Before founding Caerus, Dave served 24 years as a soldier, diplomat and policy advisor for the Australian and United States governments. He was Special Advisor to the Secretary of State from 2007-2009 and Senior Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq in 2007. He has provided advice at the highest levels of the Bush and Obama administrations, and has worked in peace and stability operations, humanitarian relief and counterinsurgency environments in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, South Asia and Africa. He is a well-known author, teacher and consultant, advising the U.S. and allied governments, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector. His bestselling books The Accidental Guerrilla and Counterinsurgency are used worldwide by civilian government officials, policymakers, military and development professionals working in unstable and insecure environments. He holds a PhD in the politics of insurgency from the University of New South Wales.