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John J Arquilla

Defense Analysis
Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-3450


John Arquilla is Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. His interests extend from the history of irregular warfare to the strategic implications of the information revolution. He is the author of: The Reagan Imprint; Worst Enemy; Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits; Afghan Endgames; and, most recently, Why the Axis Lost. Some principal publications from his years with the RAND Corporation think tank range from In Athena’s Camp to Networks and Netwars and, most recently, Whose Story Wins. The two earlier RAND books foretold problems of cyber insecurity, while the current monograph studies, among its other themes, the vulnerability of the United States to political warfare waged via social media. His commentaries have been widely published, including in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, The Atlantic, Politico, and Foreign Policy Magazine. He has appeared on all the major network and cable news programs. In terms of policy work, Dr. Arquilla consulted to senior military commanders during Operation Desert Storm and the Kosovo War. He has continued in this capacity in several post-9/11 actions. In 2011 he served on a small team, working for President Barack Obama, who asked to be provided with some “new directions for American defense.” His forthcoming book is Bitskrieg: The New Challenge of Cyberwarfare.
Other Experience
  • 1989 - 1993 Analyst, RAND Corporation
  • 1987 - 1991 Doctoral fellow, Stanford University
  • 1975 - 1987 Bond Executive, Surety
Research Interests
Revolution in Military Affairs
Information-Age Conflict
Irregular Warfare
Teaching Interests
Revolution in Military Affairs
Information-Age Conflict
Irregular Warfare


  • 2002 - Schieffelin Award, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 2001 - Hamming Award, Naval Postgraduate School