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Dr Kristian Gustafson

Dr Kristian Gustafson
Senior Lecturer

Marie Jahoda 218

Research area(s)

  • Intelligence
  • Doctrine
  • Military affairs
  • Horizon scanning

Research Interests

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)

Research 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

Research project(s) and grant(s)


ICEX (Insituto de Comercio Exterior), CITEX: Competitive Intelligence in Trade and Export. Madrid: ICEX. (contributor) 2011

British Academy Covert action, the CIA-DoD divide£6,350 2008 - 2010