Dr David Strachan-Morris, SFHEA

Lecturer in Intelligence and SecurityDr David Strachan-Morris

BA (Wolverhampton), PG Cert (De Montfort), PhD (Wolverhampton)

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BA, PG Cert, PhD



  • ‘Swords and Ploughshares: The US Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Strategy in Vietnam 1965 – 1968’, Contracted with Helion, due for publication in early 2020.


Book chapters

  • Controlling the Corporate Warrior in Iraq, in Gary Schaub (ed), Private Military and Security Contractors: Controlling the Corporate Warrior (New York: Roman and Littlefield, 2016).
  • ‘From the Banana Wars to the Three Block War: Warrior Scholars in the US Marine Corps’, in Mumford and Reis (eds), Warrior Scholars in Counterinsurgency (Abingdon,Routledge, 2013), pp 70-83.
  • ‘The Intelligence Cycle in the Corporate World: Bespoke or Off the Shelf’, in Mark Phythian (ed), Understanding the Intelligence Cycle, Routledge, (Abingdon, Routledge, 2013), pp 119-133.
  • ‘Iraq’, in Farson et al (eds), PSI Handbook of Global Intelligence and Security: National Approaches, (Westport, CT, Praeger Security International, 2008), pp 551-569.


  • Huw Bennett 'Fighting the Mau Mau: The British Army and Counterinsurgency in the Kenya Emergency', Journal of Military History, Vol 77, No 4, October 2013, pp 1533-1534.


Before joining the department I worked as a political and security risk analyst in the private sector and served in the British Army, so my academic research interests largely reflect my previous background and experience. My primary research interest is intelligence, concentrating on issues of risk and uncertainty, looking at how intelligence agencies – in the public and private sectors – can best support decision makers in complex environments. My secondary research interest is counterinsurgency, looking at its continued utility as an operational level tool to enable a military force to achieve a specific aim in a specific area. Finally I also have a special interest in private security companies, mainly working on issues of oversight and control.

I am the Social Media Editor of the Journal Intelligence and National Security (Follow the journal on Twitter - @IntelNatSecJnl)


I am interested in supervising students in the areas of intelligence, counterinsurgency and private security companies.

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