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Professor David Gioe is Visiting Professor of Intelligence and International Security in the Department of War Studies. He joins the department as a British Academy Global Professor. He is Associate Professor of History at the US Military Academy at West Point, where he also serves as History Fellow for the Army Cyber Institute. David is also Director of Studies for the Cambridge Security Initiative and co-convener of its International Security and Intelligence program.

Professor Gioe is an internationally recognised academic scholar of intelligence and a veteran professional practitioner of the craft. He is experienced in civilian, military, corporate and law enforcement intelligence with expertise in intelligence analysis and overseas operations. After over a decade of public service as an intelligence officer, he became a leading intellectual with several conference presentations, media engagements and publications on intelligence and national security issues. He holds advanced degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Cambridge. His scholarship and analysis has appeared in numerous outlets.


Research Interests

  • Intelligence in international affairs
  • Anglo-American intelligence liaison
  • History of Anglo-American Intelligence and security services
  • Cyber and Information operations in historical perspective
  • Human intelligence, counterintelligence, and Covert action




  • with Huw Dylan and Michael S. Goodman, The CIA and the Pursuit of American Security (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)
  • with Len Scott & Christopher Andrew, An International History of the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Fifty-Year Retrospective Assessment. Studies in Intelligence Series, (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2014).

Book Chapters

  • “Handling HERO: Joint CIA-SIS Tradecraft in the Case of Oleg Penkovsky”, in Gioe, Scott, Andrew, eds., An International History of the Cuban Missile Crisis, (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2014).
  • “The More Things Change: Human Intelligence in the Cyber Age”, in Goodman, Dover and Dylan, eds., Palgrave Handbook of Intelligence and Security, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Published Articles

  • "Disinformation Will Continue to Roil Western Society and the 2020 Elections", The Cambridge Security Initiative (online), 20 August 2020.
  • and Richard Lovering & Tyler Pachesny, "The Soviet Legacy of Russian Active Measures: New Vodka from Old Stills?", International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 33 no. 3, pp. 514-539.
  • and Daniel Dombrowlski and Alicia Wanless, "How Threat Actors are Manipulating the British Information Environment," The RUSI Journal, 165 no. 3, pp. 22-38.
  • and Joseph M. Hartfield and Mark Stout, "Can United States Intelligence Community Analysts Telework"? Intelligence and National Security 25 May 2020
  • and Michael S. Goodman and Tim Stevens, “Intelligence in the Cyber Era: Evolution or Revolution?” Political Science Quarterly 35, no. 1 (Summer 2020), pp. 191-224.
  • "The Afghanistan Papers and the Perils of Historical Analogy," Lawfare Blog, 21 January 2020.
  • and Alicia Wanless and Michael S. Goodman, “Rebalancing Cybersecurity Imperatives: Patching the Social Layer”, The Journal of Cyber Policy, 4:1, pp. 117-137.
  • “Make America Strategic Again”, The National Interest, May/June 2019