Dr. David Gioe

Dr. David Gioe

Associate Professor

History Fellow, Army Cyber Institute



David V. Gioe, PhD, FRHistS, is Associate Professor of History at the US Military Academy at West Point, where he 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. He holds advanced degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Cambridge and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His scholarship and analysis has appeared in numerous outlets. Before starting his academic career, David was an intelligence officer, beginning with appointment in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow in the FBI National Security Division with responsibility for economic espionage cases and later counterterrorism. In 2003 he transferred to CIA as a counterterrorism analyst in the DCI’s Counterterrorist Center (CTC) before earning field tradecraft certification. He served multiple overseas tours as an operations officer in the Middle East and Europe. He retains his commission as a Commander (Foreign Area Officer) in the Navy Reserve and was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Defense Attaché Service until spring 2022. From 2015-2016 he deployed as the Director for Human Intelligence and Counterintelligence for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. Other Navy reserve assignments include service as a Division Officer in the Office of Naval Intelligence and as a Department Head in the Joint Analysis Center, RAF Molesworth, UK. He is currently a British Academy Global Professor in the King's College London Department of War Studies.

Ongoing Research Projects

The Secret Partners: the Anglo-American Special Intelligence Relationship (in progress)

“The Anglo-American Signals Intelligence Alliance: From World War through Cold War” in Calder Walton, Amy Zegart, and Christopher Andrew, eds., Cambridge History of Espionage & Intelligence, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020).

Publications & Presentations


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
“The Anglo-American Signals Intelligence Alliance: From World War through Cold War” in Calder Walton, Amy Zegart, and Christopher Andrew, eds., Cambridge History of Espionage & Intelligence, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020).

“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, vol. 33 no. 3, pp. 514-539.

and Daniel Dombrowlski and Alicia Wanless, "How Threat Actors are Manipulating the British Information Environment," The RUSI Journal, vol. 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 vol. 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

and Michael S. Goodman and David S. Frey, “Unforgiven: Russian Intelligence Vengeance as Political Theater and Strategic Messaging”, Intelligence and National Security, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 561-575. 

and Donna Artusy, “Information Dominance Between War and Peace: China as the ‘Informationized’ State”, International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 31:3, pp. 626-631. 

“The Limits of War”, The Washington Post, 12 June 2018.

“Cyber Operations and Useful Fools: The Approach of Russian Hybrid Intelligence”, Intelligence and National Security, 33:7 pp. 954-973. 

and Michael S. Goodman, “Russian Intelligence and the Long Arm of Vengeance”, The Washington Times, 20 March 2018.

“A Timeless Solution to Defeat Fake News”, The Intelligencer, Vol. 23 No. 3., 1 March 2018.

“The Shutdown and the Spy”, War on the Rocks, 9 February 2018.

“The History of Fake News”, The National Interest, 1 July 2017.

and Michael S. Goodman, “Underestimating the Russian Threat: A Warning from History”, War on the Rocks, 31 March 2017.

Book review of Dark Territory by Fred Kaplan in Cyber Defense Review, Vol 2. No. 1, Spring 2017

and Erick Waage, “Information Warfare Isn’t Russian – It’s as American as Apple Pie”, The Strategy Bridge, 8 March 2017

“Intelligence Officers Won’t Exit en Masse During the Trump Administration”, Lawfare, 3 March 2017.

“CIA service and sacrifice will continue no matter who is sitting in the White House”, Foreign Policy (online) 23 February 2017

“Strategic Amnesia and ISIS”, The National Interest, May/June, 2016

“Can the Concept of Maneuver Warfare be Usefully Applied in Cyber Operations?” Cyber Defense Review, 15 January 2016

“Confronting the Islamic State—and the Limits of American Power”, World Politics Review, 25 September 2015

“Tinker, Tailor, Leaker, Spy: The Future Costs of Mass Leaks”, The National Interest, Jan/Feb, 2014

and Jeremey Parkhurst. “Six Shades of Gray: Increasing Nuance and Variable Pragmatism in Russian Middle East Policy”, King’s Review Magazine, 27 January 2014

“Salam, Vlad: The Silver Lining of Russian Involvement in Syria”, Journal of Political Studies, Vol.1 No.1, December 2013