Kristian Gustafson

Lecturer in Intelligence Studies
Politics and History

Room: Marie Jahoda Room 218
Brunel University
Uxbridge, UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 265436



  • PhD (Cantab)

Personal Biography

Dr. Gustafson is the deputy Director of BCISS and is the Director of Studies for our very successful MA in Intelligence and Security Studies. Having served ten years as an officer in the Canadian army, he left the service in 2001 to begin his second profession as a scholar of intelligence. After an MA at the University of Alberta, Canada, he moved to the UK to take his PhD at Downing College, Cambridge. Before coming to Brunel, Dr. Gustafson was senior lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.


Research Overview

Dr. Gustafson focuses on research in the history and practice of intelligence. One of his early articles, published in Studies in Intelligence, won in 2003, the CIA’s “Walter L. Pforzheimer Award” for outstanding contribution to the history of intelligence. His first book, Hostile Intent: U.S. Covert Operations in Chile, 1964–1974 (2007) is published by Potomac Books, Washington, D.C. Recent articles have looked at covert action (history and management), horizon scanning, and the relationship of culture to intelligence. Dr. Gustafson has conducted consultancy and advisory work for the MOD's Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC)Land Warfare Centre, and for the Strategic Horizons Unit at the Cabinet Office.

Deputy Director, Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS)


Recently Completed Projects

ICEX (Insituto de Comercio Exterior), CITEX: Competitive Intelligence in Trade and Export. Madrid: ICEX. (contributor)

British Academy
Covert action, the CIA-DoD divide
2008 - 2010


PhD Supervision

Peter Roberts: The Sri Lankan war

Andrew Brunatti: Comparative intelligence structures in Britain, Canada and Australia

Wouter Vlegels: NATO Cyber Strategy

Kathrin Herbst: AFRICOM


Undergraduate Programmes

Module convenor

  • Intelligence and Security Studies

Postgraduate Programmes

Programme convenor

  • MA Intelligence and Security Studies

Module convenor

  • Intelligence History: Success and Failure (PP5577)

Module contributor

  • Threats and Analysis (PP5579)


Post-Graduate Taught Convenor



Journal Papers

(2013) Gustafson, K., Early stages in the evolution of covert action governance in the United States, 1951–1961, Public Policy and Administration 28 (2) : 144- 160

(2010) Gustafson, K., Strategic Horizons: Futures Forecasting and the British Intelligence Community, Intelligence and National Security 25 (5)

(2010) Gustafson, K., Echo of Empire: Russia's Inheritance of Byzantine Security Culture, Journal of Slavic Military Studies 23 (4)


(2007) Gustafson, K., Hostile intent: US covert operations in Chile 1964-1974. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books

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