About The Author

Dr. David Kilcullen is the Chairman of Caerus Associates. Before founding Caerus, Kilcullen 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, and is currently Senior Fellow in The Future of War program at New America. He is the author of the bestselling books The Accidental Guerrilla and Counterinsurgency, both are used worldwide by civilian government officials, policymakers, military and development professionals working in unstable and insecure environments. His most recent books are Out of the Mountains, A Great Perhaps?: Colombia: Conflict and Divergence, and Blood Year.


“Dr. Kilcullen leads Caerus efforts to promote the design of integrated distributed energy systems that strengthen community resiliencies, improve economic absorptive capacity, and promote stability… He has substantial experience designing, implementing and evaluating rural and peri-urban security and development systems in conflict-affected areas, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia, Bougainville, and Papua New Guinea.”


“There’s no shortage of stories about how civilians used technology to help tip the scales against Muammar Gaddafi’s army during the Libyan uprising. But few are as powerful as the one told by former U.S. military advisor Dr. David Kilcullen.”

Fast Company

“This book is essential…. Kilcullen skillfully interprets the future of counterinsurgency, the proper use of military force and what we must learn from our losses and mistakes.”

The New York Times

“An iconoclastic new book on future urban conflicts.”

Washington Post

“[O]ffers the most succinct overview of how to wage a global counterinsurgency anywhere.”

Army History

“This book should be required reading for every American soldier, as well as anyone involved in the war on terror.”


“For a wider perspective on the lessons drawn over the past seven years of the ‘war on terror’, the reader can do no better than turn to Mr. Kilcullen’s excellent book.”

The Economist

“There are some standard texts on [counterinsurgency]. The Accidental Guerrilla is sure to become one.”

The Wall Street Journal

“[A] master class in counterinsurgency from a man who, as much as anyone, is responsible for recent successes in Iraq.”

Boston Globe

“Kilcullen’s ideas… are likely to shape U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan for the immediate future.”


“Kilcullen has a rare ability to combine serious theory with the insight of an experienced practitioner.”

Foreign Affairs

“Direct, insightful, and frightening, this book will prepare readers to see through the misguided, simplistic solutions to the problems of Middle Eastern policy and Islamic terror so common in this election year.”

Kirkus Reviews

“[W]ill appeal to a broad range of readers—social scientists, security experts and military officers, urban planners and technologists, and a general readership interested in how today’s global trends will shape tomorrow’s world.”

Washington Monthly


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