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Daniel Marston

Professor of the Practice

Director of the Strategic Thinkers Program

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  • Office Location: Nitze 402


Daniel Marston is the Director of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Thinkers Program (STP) and Professor of the Practice at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University. Between 2012-2018, he held a Professorship (tenured) in Military Studies at the Australian National University and was also the Principal of the Military and Defense Studies Program at the Australian Command & Staff College in Canberra. He previously held the Ike Skelton Distinguished Chair in the Art of War at the US Army Command and General Staff College. He has been a Visiting Fellow, on multiple occasions, with the Leverhulme Changing Character of War Program at the University of Oxford. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has been a special advisor, since 2006, in Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Army, USMC and British Army.

Marston's research focuses on the topic of transnational military culture and how armies learn and adapt to new environments. His book Phoenix from the Ashes, an in-depth assessment of how the British/Indian Army turned defeat into victory in the Burma campaign of the Second World War, won the Field Marshal Templer Medal Book Prize in 2003. The second volume, The Indian Army and the End of the Raj, was Runners Up for the Templer Medal in 2014. He completed his doctorate as the Beit Research Scholar in Imperial and Commonwealth History at Balliol College, Oxford University. He received a BA and MA from McGill University and a PhD from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. 

Future Publications:

Mansoor, P. R., Murray, W., & Marston, D. et al. (2019). The culture of military organizations. New York, NY : Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
Marston, D. & Callahan, R. (2020). Payback: Burma 1945. Modern War Studies Series, University Press of Kansas..


Marston, D. (2019). Operation TELIC VIII to XI: Difficulties of twenty-first-century command. Journal of Strategic Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2019.1672161.
Marston, D. (2016). Learning and adapting for jungle warfare, 1942-45: The Australian and British Indian Armies. in P.J. Dean (ed.), Australia 1944-45: Victory in the Pacific, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 121-144.



  • History of War
  • Strategic Studies
  • British military history
  • US military history
  • South Asian military history
  • British Imperial history in South Asia and Africa
  • Wars of decolonization in Southern Africa
  • Vietnam War
  • Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Institutional operating codes: The culture of military organizations.

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