Professor David Horner is one of Australia’s leading historians. Currently Professor of Australian Defence History at the Australian National University, he is Australia’s premier military historian with an international reputation for military history and strategic analysis, although his expertise also ranges across Australian and international history.
David’s career began an infantry officer in the Australian Regular Army. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Australia in 1969 and in 1971 saw active service as an infantry officer in Vietnam. He retired from the Australian Regular Army in 1991. However, as a Colonel in the Army Reserve he was the first Head of the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre from 1998 to 2002.
His master’s degree and Ph.D. are in history and strategic studies, and in 1976 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for overseas study. He is the author or editor of 32 books and numerous articles on military history, strategy and defence. He has been historical consultant for many television programmes and has been appointed Official Historian of Australian Peacekeeping and Post-Cold War Operations. In the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to higher education in the area of Australian military history and heritage as a researcher, author and academic.