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Dr. Harlan K. Ullman


Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Harlan Ullman is a strategic entrepreneur who divides his time between the worlds of business and policy. He chairs The Killowen Group that acts as both a strategic investor in high technology companies and advises leaders of business and government at the highest level. He is highly sought after by media appearing frequently on television and in the press with his weekly columns.

He has actively advised American Secretaries of State and Defense, NATO strategic commanders (including serving on the Senior Advisory Board of Supreme Allied Commander Europe for thirteen years) and NATO secretaries general as well as members of Congress and heads of a number of foreign governments in Europe and the Indo-Pacific regions. He is recognized as one of the globe’s thought leaders in strategic and innovative thinking both in the public and private sectors arguing for a “brains based approach” for critical thinking and “Porcupine Defense.”

He was deeply involved in the formulation of U.S strategy during the Cold War and beyond, he was the creator of the original doctrine “shock and awe,” although a far more different version than the sound bites used in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003; the Brains Based Approach to Strategic Thinking and in his latest book, the new MAD—- The Fifth Horseman and the New MAD:  How Massive Attacks of Disruption Became the Looming Existential Danger to a Divided Nation and the World at Large.

A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Ullman holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy administered by Tufts and Harvard University in International Politics and Finance.

A career naval officer, he has served at sea in command and ashore in senior assignments of responsibility including two happy years with the Royal Navy afloat. As a Swift boat skipper, he led over 150 combat patrols and operations in Vietnam for which he was decorated and was a professor at the National War College where he directed the course of study in military strategy for three years before returning to sea in command.

He was appointed the first Distinguished Senior Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island from 2017-2019.

Current Assignments: Chairman, The Killowen Group; CNIGuard Ltd and Chairman CNIGuard Inc.; Director Emeritus, Capital Guardian Fund and The Wall Street Fund; Senior Advisor, The Atlantic Council and (Emeritus) Business Executives for National Security (BENS); UPI Arnaud de Borchgrave Distinguished Columnist; and foreign columnist for the Pakistani Daily Times.


E-mail: HarlanKUllman@gmail.com 1245 29th Street NW 202-258-8003 cell Washington, D.C. 20007 Twitter “@Harlankullman”

Publications: Books

In Harms Way: American Seapower in the 21st Century: 1991

In Irons: U.S. Military Might in the New Century: 1995

Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance: 1996 (note: a million copies were printed in China)

Unfinished Business: Afghanistan, the Middle East and Beyond—Defusing the Dangers that Threaten Americas Security: 2002 and 2003 paper back

Finishing Business: Ten Steps to Defeat Global Terror: 2004

-Americas Promise Restored: Preventing Culture, Crusade and Partisanship from Wrecking our Nation: 2007

A Handful of Bullets: How the Murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Still Menaces the Peace: 2014

-Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War it Starts: 2017

The Fifth Horseman and the New MAD: How Massive Attacks of Disruption Became the Looming Existential Threat to a Divided Nation and the World At Large, out in December

-And a compendium of columns in Owls and Eagles: Ending the Foreign Policy Flights of Fancy of Hawks, Doves and Neo-Cons: 2005 Additionally, he has written hundreds of columns, articles and Op-Eds for many newspapers and journals.

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