John Arquilla

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John Arquilla "earned his degrees in international relations from Rosary College (BA, 1975) and Stanford University (MA, 1989; Ph.D., 1991). He is an associate professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His teaching includes courses in the history of special operations, international political theory, the revolution in military affairs, and information-age conflict.

"He has written Lessons from the War with Saddam Hussein (RAND, 1991), Dubious Battles (Crane Russak, 1992), and From Troy to Entebbe (University Press of America, 1996), as well as many articles, book chapters, and monographs on a wide range of topics in security affairs. He is best known for his collaborative RAND Corporation studies with David Ronfeldt, notably Cyberwar is Coming! (1993) and The Advent of Netwar (1996). One of their most recent books, In Athena's Camp (1997) explores the many political, social, and military dimensions of the future of conflict. Their other recent book, Networks and Netwars, was published in the fall of 2001.

"Dr. Arquilla maintains a variety of professional affiliations, from founding membership in the Highlands Forum (a government-industry-academic consortium concentrating on issues in information technology), to his role as senior consultant to the Information Studies Group at RAND. His work on the security implications of the information revolution has formed a basis for analysis of these issues, in government, business and academia. His ideas have also reached broad general audiences in publications including: Time, The Economist, The New Republic, Wired, Le Monde, and Al-Hayat; and in appearances on all the major television networks. His writings have been translated into many languages, including Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Spanish."

Source:, March 21, 2002.

Arquilla is Co-Director, Center on Terrorism & Irregular Warfare.


In 2008, he published "Worst Enemy: The Reluctant Transformation of the American Military". Review

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