Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Henry Prunckun

Dr Henry Prunckun

BSc, MSocSc, MPhil, PhD


Dr Henry Prunckun is a Research Criminologist at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security. He is a methodologist who specialises in the study of transnational crime — espionage, terrorism, drugs and arms trafficking, as well as cyber-crime. He is the author of numerous reviews, articles, chapters, and books. He is the winner of two literature awards and a professional service award from the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts. He has served in a number of strategic research and tactical intelligence capacities within the criminal justice system during his previous twenty-eight year operational career, including almost five years as a senior counterterrorism policy analyst. In addition, he has held a number of operational postings in investigation and security.

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Subject Co-ordinator:

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Research Supervisor
  • Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis)
  • Master of Arts (Hons)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Policing and Security (DPS)
  • Doctor of Law Enforcement and Security (DLES) and
  • Doctor of Public Policy (DPP)
Doctoral Course Coordinator

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Selected Publications


Prunckun, Hank (forthcoming 2018). Counterintelligence Theory and Practice, Second Edition.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield;

Prunckun, Henry, and Whitford, Troy (forthcoming 2018). Terrorism and Counterterrorism: An Introduction. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers;

Prunckun, Henry, writing as Oliver Yardley (forthcoming 2018), In the Garden Where We’ve Been Planted. Oregon City, OR: Champagne Books;

Prunckun, Henry, editor (2018). Cyber Weaponry: Issues and Implications of Digital Arms. New York: Springer;

Prunckun, Henry  (2015). How to Undertake Surveillance and Reconnaissance: From a Civilian and Military Perspective. London: Pen & Sword Books;

Prunckun, Hank (2015). Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis, 2nd edition.  Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield;

Prunckun Hank, editor (2013). Intelligence and Private Investigation: Developing Sophisticated Methods for Conducting Inquiries. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas;

Prunckun, Hank (2012). Counterintelligence Theory and Practice. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield;

Prunckun, Hank (2010). Handbook of Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press;

Prunckun, Henry (1995). Shadow of Death: An Analytic Bibliography on Political Violence, Terrorism, and Low-Intensity Conflict. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press;

Prunckun, Henry (1990). Special Access Required: A Practitioner's Guide to Law Enforcement Intelligence Literature. Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press; and

Prunckun, Henry (1989). Information Security: A Practical Handbook on Business Counterintelligence. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas.

Selected Journal Articles:

Sheldon, Geoff, and Prunckun, Henry, "When the Full Moon Rises Over the Sunshine State: A Quantitative Evaluation of Queensland Police Calls." International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2017 pp. 129-138;

Whitford, Troy and Prunckun, Henry, "Discreet, Not Covert: Reflections on Teaching Intelligence Analysis in a Non-Government Setting." Salus Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2017 pp. 48-61;

Prunckun, Henry, "The Paradox of Fiction and Terrorism's Overshadowing of Organised Crime as a Law Enforcement Concern." Salus Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016 pp. 62-81;

Prunckun, Henry, "First Principles of Intelligence Analysis: Theorising a Model for Secret Research." Salus Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2015 pp. 31-47;

Prunckun, Henry, "The First Pillar of Terror—Kill One, Frighten Ten Thousand: A Critical Discussion of the Doctrinal Shift Associated with the 'New Terrorism'." The Police Journal: Theory, Practice, and Principles, Vol. 87, No. 3, 2014, pp. 178­-185;

Prunckun, Henry, "Extending the Theoretical Structure of Intelligence to Counterintelligence." Salus Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2014 pp. 31-49;

Prunckun, Henry, "Covert Radio Communications: A Viable Tactic for International Terrorists"? Defense and Security Analysis, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2014 pp. 179-184;

Prunckun, Hank, "A Grounded Theory of Counterintelligence." American Intelligence Journal. Vol. 29, Number 2, December 2011, pp.6-15;

Prunckun, Hank, "Bogies in the Wire: Is there a Need for Legislative Control of Cyber Weapons" Global Crime. Vol. 9, Number 3, August 2008, pp. 262-272;

Prunckun, Hank, "Does Price Really Matter?: The Relationship between Heroin Price and Purity in Australia and the Ramifications for International Drug Enforcement." Global Crime. Vol. 8, Number 4, November 2007, pp. 367-380;

Prunckun, Hank, "A Rush to Judgment?: The Origin of the 2001 Australian 'Heroin Drought' and Its Implications for the Future of Drug Law Enforcement." Global Crime. Vol. 7, Number 2, May 2006, pp. 247-255;

Prunckun, Hank, "Information Warfare: Can the Concept be Applied to the War-on-Drugs?" Australian Defence Force Journal. Issue Number 169, December 2005, pp. 52-62; and

Prunckun, Henry, and Mohr, Philip B., "Military Deterrence of International Terrorism: An Evaluation of Operation El Dorado Canyon." Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Vol. 20, Number 3, July-September 1997, pp.267-280.

Major Research Report:

Prunckun, Henry (1994). A Matter of Public Concern: An Evaluation of Legislation Intended to Protect Women in the Home. Adelaide, South Australia: Courts Administration Authority.

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