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Sandor Fabian (Ph. D.) is a NATO Special Operations Subject Matter Expert and Curriculum Developer at the NATO Special Operations School in Chievres, Belgium, and a Research Fellow at the School of Politics, Security and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida. Sandor`s research interests include nontraditional approaches to conflict, modern resistance, special operations, new concepts of warfare and American military aid.

Sandor holds a Doctorate in Security Studies and a Graduate Certificate in National Intelligence Studies from the University of Central Florida, a Master’s degree in Defense Analysis from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor’s degree in military science from the Miklos Zrinyi National Defense University in Hungary.

Sandor separated from the Hungarian military after serving 16 years as a Special Forces Officer at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. During his last assignment Sandor served as the deputy director of Force Readiness Directorate at the NATO Special Operations Headquarters in Mons, Belgium.

Ph.D. Security Studies, University of Central Florida – Aug 2020
Committee: Dr. Andrew Boutton (chair), Dr. Jonathan Powell, Dr. Nikola Mirilovic, Dr. Konstatin Ash, Dr. Keenan Yoho (outside member)
Certificate in National Intelligence Studies, University of Central Florida – December 2019
MSc. Defense Analysis, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School – June 2012
B.A. Military Science, Miklos Zrinyi Hungarian National Defense University – Aug 2001

Research Fellow, University of Central Florida, 2020-
Faculty Member at NATO Special Operations School 2018-
PhD student 2017-2020
Graduate Teaching Assistant 2017-2020
Adjunct Professor Norwich University 2016-2017
Military Officer (Hungarian Special Forces) 2001-2017

2015. Sandor Fabian, Irregular Warfare, The Future Military Strategy for Small States, CreateSpace Amazon Independent Publishing Platform.

Peer-reviewed journals
2019. Sandor Fabian, “The Russian Hybrid Warfare Strategy: Neither Russian Nor Strategy,” Defense & Security Analysis, Volume 35, Issue 3, September 2019, 308-325.
2018. Sandor Fabian, “NATO Special Operations Forces: Even If It Is Not Broken Yet, It Needs to Be Fixed,” Special Operations Journal, 4:2, 188-201.
2018. Sandor Fabian, “Why Does David Sometimes Defeat Goliath? Effects of Military Culture on the Outcome of Asymmetric Wars,” Florida Political Chronicle, Vol 26. No 1.
2016. Sandor Fabian, “To Change or Not to Change,” Combating Terrorism Exchange Journal, Vol. 6, No 4.
2015. Sandor Fabian, “The Comprehensive Approach: A Silver Bullet or the Loch Ness Monster,” Combating Terrorism Exchange Journal, Vol. 5, No 4.
2015. Sandor Fabian, “Hybrid Warfare-Revisited,” Combating Terrorism Exchange Journal, Vol. 5, No 1.
2013. Sandor Fabian, “Learning from the Enemy: Alternative Afghan Security Forces,” Combating Terrorism Exchange Journal, Vol. 3, No 1.
2013. Sandor Fabian, “Alternativ Vedelmi Strategia Kis Allamoknak,” Sereg Szemle, XI. evfolyam, aprilis-szeptember.
2013. Sandor Fabian, “Tanuljunk az ellenségtől: alternatív megoldás az afgán biztonsági erők számára” Honvedsegi Szemle, 141. évfolyam. 6. Szám.

Edited Volumes:
2017. Sandor Fabian, “Asymmetric Warfare: To Reform or not to Reform that Must not be the Question,” Asymmetric Warfare 2017 Conference Proceedings.

Public Commentary
2019. Sandor Fabian, “Total Defense, Revisited: Unconventional Solution to the Problem of Conventional Forces” Modern War Institute at West Point
2017. Sandor Fabian, “Harom a Magyar igazsag: Gondolatok a Zrinyi 2026 program kapcsan,”
2015. Sandor Fabian, “The Revolution is coming,” Global Special Operations Forces Foundation Newsletter.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, University of Central Florida


  • 2020 
    University of Central Florida, PhD in Security Studies