Emeritus Professor David Horner served as an inaugural member of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal from July 2008 to July 2015.
David Horner is Professor of Australian Defence History in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1969 and served as an infantry platoon commander in Vietnam in 1971.
Professor Horner has a Master of Arts in military history from the University of New South Wales, and a PhD in military history and strategic studies from the Australian National University.
In 1976 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate the study of military history overseas, and in 1981 he was awarded the Australian National University’s most prestigious PhD research prize.
From 1985 to 1988 Professor Horner was a visiting fellow in the Department of History at the Australian Defence Force Academy. From 1988 until his retirement in 1990 he was a member of the Directing Staff of the Joint Services Staff College.
He is editor of the Australian Army’s military history series and has been a historical consultant for various television programs. From 1998 to 2002, as an Army Reserve Colonel, he was the first head of the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre.
Professor Horner is the author or editor of 27 books on Australian military history, strategy and defence. His most recent book is Strategic Command: General Sir John Wilton and Australia’s Asian Wars (2005).
In 2004 Professor Horner was appointed Official Historian for the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations. He is the General Editor of this five-volume series and is currently writing one of the volumes.
Professor Horner became a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2009 for service to higher education in the area of Australian military history and heritage as a researcher, author and academic.