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Ben Ascione is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. He is Japan and Korea editor at East Asia Forum and a research associate at the Japan Center for International Exchange in Tokyo.


Dr Ross Babbage is CEO of Strategic Forum Ltd. and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, DC. During his 16 years with the Australian Public Service, Dr Babbage held several senior positions, such as Head of Strategic Analysis in the Office of National Assessments. He also led the branches in the Department of Defence responsible for ANZUS and then Force Development.

Sascha Dominik (Dov) Bachmannis Professor in Law at Canberra Law School, University of Canberra, eo Docent in War Studies (Försvarshogskölan, Swedish Defence University) and Research Fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University.

Dr Bianca Baggiarini is a senior lecturer at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. As an interdisciplinary, broadly trained sociologist, Baggiarini’s research utilises critical and genealogical-historical methodological approaches to expand upon the contested meaning(s) and effects of combat unmanning and autonomous weapons systems, through the theoretical frameworks offered by critical security/military studies, international political sociology and the sociology of violence and identity.

Deane-Peter Baker is an associate professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra, where he is also co-convenor (with Professor David Kilcullen) of the UNSW Canberra Future Operations Research Group.

Brigadier-General Simon Bernard, OMM, CD, completed a Systemic Operational Design elective while at the Canadian Forces College. As the Task Force Kandahar J5 he used “Systems of Systems Analysis” within a whole-of-Government planning approach to understand the very complex environment of Southern Afghanistan. He also participated in an experiment with Defense, Research and Development Canada, which developed and delivered an innovative toolbox for collaborative planning. Finally, he has completed the 67th Session at the Center for Advanced Military Studies and the 70th Session at the National Defense Institute in Paris, France.

Mark Beeson is Professor of International Politics at the University of Western Australia. Before joining UWA, he taught at Murdoch, Griffith, Queensland, York (UK) and Birmingham, where he was also head of department. He is the founding editor of Critical Studies of the Asia Pacific. His latest book is Rethinking Global Governance (Palgrave, 2019).

Dennis Blasko is a retired US Army lieutenant colonel, with 23 years of service as a military intelligence officer and foreign area officer specialising in China. From 1992 to 1996 he was an Army attaché in Beijing and Hong Kong. He has written numerous articles and chapters on the Chinese military, along with the book The Chinese Army Today: Tradition and Transformation for the 21st Century, 2nd ed, (Routledge, 2012).

Donna Boulton is Executive Director-Mobilisation, Force Design within the office of the Vice Chief of the Defence Force and a graduate of the Defence Strategic Studies Course at the Australian War College.

COL Ross Boyd, AM ADC is a colonel in the Australian Army Reserve. He retired from the Australian Public Service in 2016 following 31 years in the Australian Army and 10 years as a Senior Executive in the Defence Intelligence Organisation. As an Army officer he held regimental and command appointments in the Royal Australian Regiment and Special Air Service Regiment. He also had extensive joint staff experience working in Headquarters Australian Theatre (the forerunner of Headquarters Joint Operations Command), Headquarters Northern Command and as the J5 and subsequently as J5 of Joint Task Force 633 during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

After joining the Australian Public Service in 2005, Colonel Boyd was responsible for Defence’s intelligence assessments for the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, South Asia, Afghanistan and the Americas. During this period, he developed a detailed knowledge of the geostrategic factors shaping events in these regions and had the opportunity to serve in Afghanistan as the lead analyst in Commander International Assistance Force’s Red Team.

Colonel Boyd is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College and the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Defence Studies. He holds Masters in Military and Defence Studies (UNSW), Employment Relations (UC), and International Relations (University of London).

He has served on the staff of the Australian Defence College in an Army Reserve capacity since 2016 and is an Honourary ADC to the Governor-General. Colonel Boyd is also active in the community as a voluntary guide at the Australian War Memorial, team leader of a community fire unit, and the coordinator of the Duntroon Guides.

Jo Brick is a group captain and legal officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. She is currently the Chief of Staff at the Australian Defence College, Canberra. Jo is also a Member of the Military Writers Guild and an Associate Editor for The Strategy Bridge


Kristy Campion is a lecturer in terrorism studies with the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, Canberra.

David Cave iis a lieutenant colonel in the Australian Army and the commanding officer of the Australian Defence Force Academy. As an intelligence officer, he has completed training and operational assignments across six continents. LTCOL Baker holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering and Masters degrees in Engineering Science, Geographical Information Science and Arts. His research, as a part-time doctoral candidate at the University of New South Wales, examines how small nations influence great powers in war.

Dr Michael Clarke is Visiting Fellow at the Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney. His research is focused on Chinese governance of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (China), Chinese foreign and security policy, nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation and American grand strategy. His research has been published in leading journals such as International AffairsJournal of Contemporary ChinaAsian SecurityGlobal PolicyOrbisJournal of Strategic StudiesDiplomacy & StatecraftNonproliferation Review, and Terrorism and Political Violence among others.

He is also the author of American Grand Strategy and National Security: The Dilemmas of Primacy and Decline from the Founders to Trump, (Palgrave 2021); Xinjiang and China’s Rise in Central Asia – A History (Routledge 2011); and (with Andrew O’Neil and Stephan Fruhling) Australian Nuclear Policy: Reconciling Strategic, Economic and Normative Interests, (Routledge 2015). He is the editor (with Anna Hayes) of Inside Xinjiang: Analysing Space, Place and Power in China’s Muslim North-West, (Routledge 2016); Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in China: Domestic and Foreign Policy Dimensions (Oxford University Press 2018); and editor (with Matthew Sussex and Nick Bisley) of The Belt and Road Initiative and the Future of Regional Order in the Indo-Pacific, (Lexington Books, 2020)

Eliot A. Cohen is Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies. He has served as a member of the Defense Policy Advisory Board and the National Security Advisory Panel of the National Intelligence Council, and of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and of the Committee on Studies of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr Elena Collinson is Senior Project and Research Officer at the Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney (UTS:ACRI).

She is editor of UTS:ACRI's commentary series, Perspectives. Her work has been published in the Sydney Morning HeraldThe Guardian, the South China Morning PostThe Diplomat, The Conversation, Australian Foreign Affairs, the Lowy Institute's Interpreter, the Australian Institute of International Affairs' Australian Outlook, and the Council on Foreign Relations' Asia Unbound amongst other outlets, and she has contributed chapters to edited volumes. She is a lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and has previously held research and project positions in Australian departmental, ministerial and Senate offices, at state and federal levels. 

Darren Cronshaw is a support chaplain (part time) serving at Army School of Transport, Puckapunyal. For civilian work Darren is Pastor of Auburn Baptist Church, Honorary Chaplain at Swinburne University, and Head of Research and Professor of Missional Leadership with Australian College of Ministries (Sydney College of Divinity).


Dr Paul Davidson is Warfare Innovation Navy, Deputy Director (Research) based in Canberra and a Commander in the Royal Australian Navy. He was previously Associate Professor of Management in the Queensland University of Technology Business School. He has published more than 100 academic papers and nine books. He studied and taught at the University of Queensland, the University of Birmingham, the University of Geneva, the University of Otago, Stanford University, and Southern Cross University. He has degrees in Science (Psychology), Theology, and Business Administration. He has taught at the RAN Staff College at HMAS Penguin (1995-2000) and at the Australian Defence Collage (2019) as a member of the Directing Staff. His doctoral research was in the area of management education and development for naval officers. His current research and teaching interests are in the development of HR management competencies and international human resource management, and in project management. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Scott Dewar is the director of the Australian Geospatial–Intelligence Organisation. Previously he has held positions as Acting Chief of Staff for the Minister for Defence, Senator The Hon. Linda Reynolds, CSC, Acting Deputy Secretary for Strategic Policy and Intelligence and First Assistant Secretary International Policy. Prior to joining Defence, Scott worked for 20 in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he held a number of posting, including as Consul-General Honolulu

Andrew Dowse AO AVM (Ret’d) is an adjunct associate professor at Edith Cowan University, where he was formally the director of Defence research and engagement. He is the director of RAND Australia, a subsidiary of the RAND Corporation. Any views, opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations contained herein are those of the author alone and do not represent the work or viewpoints of RAND Australia or the RAND Corporation.


Commodore Jonathan Earley joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Warfare Officer in January 1990 from Perth, Western Australia. He has deployed extensively on many maritime operations and exercises throughout Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East as well the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean. His command appointments have included the Anzac Class frigate, HMAS Ballarat (2011-12) and the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock, HMAS Adelaide (2017-18). In 2017 he was also appointed as the Task Group Commander for the Australian Defence Force’s inaugural Indo-Pacific Endeavour regional engagement activity, a high-profile event that witnessed the largest Australian joint-maritime task group to have deployed to Asia in over 40 years.

Ashore, CDRE Earley has also served in a variety of challenging staff roles at the operational and strategic level. Notable appointments have included tenures as the Chief of Staff to the Chief of Navy and Director of Maritime Operations located in Headquarters Joint Operations Command.

CDRE Earley is a distinguished graduate of the Australian War College, having completed the Australian Command and Staff Course in 2008 and the Defence Strategic Studies Course in 2019. For the latter course he was awarded the Deakin University Academic Excellence prize for his research into the Australia–US security relationship in the Indo-Pacific. CDRE Earley assumed the role of Director-General United States Force Posture Initiatives and the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative in late 2019.

Toni Erskine is Professor of International Politics and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University (ANU). She is also Editor of International Theory: A Journal of International Politics, Law, and Philosophy; Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge; and one of the Chief Investigators for the ‘Humanising Machine Intelligence’ Grand Challenge at ANU.

Her research interests include the moral agency and responsibility of formal organisations in world politics (such as states, transnational corporations and intergovernmental organisations); the ethics of war; the responsibility to protect (‘R2P’); cosmopolitan theories and their critics; and new technologies in relation to organised violence (particularly with respect to artificial intelligence). She is a member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board

Prof. Michael Evans is the General Sir Francis Hassett Chair of Militar y Studies at the Australian Defence College and a Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Previously, he was Head of the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre at the Royal Military College- Duntroon, and he has served with Land Headquarters and the Directorate of Army Research and Analysis. Professor Evans graduated in war studies from the University of Rhodesia, gained his Masters from the University of London, and was awarded his Doctorate from the University of Western Australia. He has held numerous visiting fellowships including as Sir Alfred Beit Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He is an inaugural member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board.


Major Matthew Furtado is an officer in the United States Army currently serving with the XVIII Airborne Corps. He holds a Master of Science in Business from the University of Kansas and a Master of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve.


Bates Gill is Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies in the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University and a Senior Associate Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. He has a 30-year career as a scholar, policy advisor and author, with a particular focus on Chinese and Asia-Pacific affairs. He has held leadership, research and academic positions with some of the world's leading institutions and universities, including the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Sydney, and the Australian National University.

Matthew Gill is a PhD candidate in Design Innovation in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at The University of Sydney. As well as holding a Bachelor of Business (UNSW) and Master of National Security Policy (ANU), he has a broad experience base as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, working most recently as a Business Intelligence Analyst at the Headquarters Air Command Directorate of Innovation and Improvement. Matthew is passionate in understanding how different organisations design strategy, and leverage creative thought to out-manoeuvre opponents and constantly stay one step ahead.

Rear Admiral James Goldrick AO, CSC, RAN (Ret’d) during his RAN career commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice); the Australian Surface Task Group and the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf in 2002; and Australia’s interagency Border Protection Command from 2006-2008. He also held commands at the Australian Defence Force Academy and Australian Defence College. He is an Adjunct Professor at UNSW Canberra and at the ANU Strategic Defence Studies Centre, as well as a Professorial Fellow of the Australian Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong. He has published several books, including the award-winning Before Jutland (2015),andhas contributed chapters and articles in numerous publications.  He is also a member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board

Professor Anne-Marie Grisogono is a complex systems scientist with a PhD in Mathematical Physics. She has worked in experimental and theoretical molecular and optical physics in academia, followed by 20 years of applied R&D in DSTO in systems design, modelling and simulation, concept development and experimentation, human sciences and complexity science, holding senior national and international leadership roles in these fields, and serving a three year appointment to the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts. Her current research interests include fundamental questions of complexity science, and improving the methodologies and tools that can be applied to dealing with complex problems.

Dr Jade Guan is a lecturer of Strategic Studies at Deakin University. Jade also acts as a module convenor and an academic adviser for the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) at the Australian War College in Canberra. Before joining Deakin University, Jade worked at the Australian National University’s (ANU) Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, where she taught International Relations, Security Studies, and Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy, and was a research associate in various research projects covering issues such as China’s security, economic, and military policies. Jade received her PhD in International Relations from the ANU and is a China scholar with research interests in soft power, China's foreign policy and history, and international politics of East Asia. Her writing has appeared in the Australian Journal of International Affairs and the Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies (AJDSS).

Jade has been a visiting fellow to many Chinese academic institutes over the past decade, including Beijing University, Renmin University, and Nanjing University, and has extensive fieldwork and archival research experience in China. She is a member of the Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies editorial review board.

Håkan Gunneriusson is Reader (Docent) in War Studies (Swedish Defence University, Stockholm) and teaches political science at Mid Sweden University.


Shane Halton is an active duty United States Naval Intelligence Officer on exchange with the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney, Australia. He has previously served in the US Navy’s Digital Warfare Office (OPNAV N9I) and onboard the USS John C Stennis, the USS George Washington and the USS Kittyhawk.

Dr Ahmed Salah Hashim is Associate Professor of Strategic Studies at Deakin University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Defence College in Canberra. He has traditionally specialised in the study of terrorism and counterterrorism, and insurgency and counterinsurgency. In recent years, he has focused more specifically on Asian security matters, ways of warfare of various cultures and states, and on possible trajectories of future warfare.

Prior to joining Deakin he was Associate Professor in the Military Studies Programme at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, RSIS in Singapore. He received his BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK, and his MSc and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has published numerous books and articles, including The caliphate at war, (Oxford University Press, New York, 2018). Recent publications include: Iranian Ways of War: from Cyrus the Great to Qasem Soleimani, (Hurst and Company, London, 2021); God, greed and guns: nation-building and state-formation in Iraq (University of Pennsylvania Press. Philadelphia, 2021); and Mighty melians: small states and the creation of military power (Hurst and Company, London, 2022).

Dr Michael Hatherell is an associate professor in strategic studies at Deakin University and serves as Deakin's academic director for the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) at the Australian War College.

He is a member of the editorial review board of the Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies.

Iain D. Henry is a lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. His research interests include alliance theory and politics, Asian security, the Cold War in Asia, diplomatic history and Australian strategic policy.

Dr Frank Hoffmanis a Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University (NDU). He is a retired US Marine infantry officer and former Pentagon analyst. He served for 40 years in the US Department of Defense, including two senior political appointments in the Department of the Navy and at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

In 2017, Dr Hoffman was Special Assistant for Strategic Matters to the US Secretary of Defense and served on the National Defense Strategy taskforce. His research portfolio includes US grand strategy, defense strategy, defense economics and military innovation. He is a graduate of the Wharton Business School and the US Naval War College, and he holds a PhD in War Studies from King's College London.

He regularly writes for War on the Rocks and is also a member of the editorial review board of the Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies.

Jennifer S Huntis a lecturer in Security Studies at Macquarie University specialising in critical systems such as cyber and energy. Current projects include: cyber-enabled information operations, foreign interference and electoral security, and disinformation tracking. In 2020, she worked with the WHO on combating COVID-19 disinformation, publishing a report with the Global Health Security Network examining the national security ramifications of COVID-19 conspiracy theories (September 2020). Her paper on the national security implications of COVID-1 9 disinformation was presented at the Australian Army Research Centre in October 2020.

She has served as a delegate at the Shangri-la Security Dialogue and participated in the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi, and CyCon at the NATO Cyber Center of Excellence in Estonia. Dr Hunt regularly provides expert commentary to the media and has appeared on the ABC, BBC, SBS and the History Channel. She hails from North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was captain of the university sabre fencing team
Her research on foreign interference and cyber war was supported by a Defence Strategic Policy Grant.

Darren Huxley is Director of Strategic Wargaming in the strategic policy division of the Department of Defence, a retired Australian Army Colonel and a former member of the directing staff on the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian Defence College.



Dr Aaron P. Jackson is Senior Researcher, Joint Planning and Design in Defence Science and Technology Group. A civilian Defence employee since 2010, he was previously appointed Joint Operations Planning Specialist in DST and joint doctrine developer at the Australian Defence Force Joint Doctrine Centre. He was Academic Year 2018-19 Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Defence Studies Department at Canadian Forces College in Toronto. In addition to these civilian appointments Aaron has served in the Australian Army Reserve since 2002. He has deployed as a civilian on Operation Accordion (Middle East region) and as a military officer on Operations Astute (Timor Leste) and Resolute (Australian border security).

Natalia Jevglevskaja is a research fellow at UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law and Justice, working in the areas of technology and regulation. In her prior role as a research fellow at UNSW Canberra, the Australian Defence Force Academy, she looked at how social value systems interact with and influence research, design and development of emerging military and security technology and the questions of interdependence of technology and governance, both in the military and civilian context. Her broader research interests include law of armed conflict, human rights law and comparative law.

Yun Jiang is a managing editor of the China Story blog at the Australian National University and the producer of China Neican. She has published widely on China-related topics and has been quoted in several major national and international press. Prior to joining the ANU, she was a policy adviser in the Australian Government.

Associate Professor David Martin Jones is Honorary Reader in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland and Visiting Professor and teaching fellow in War Studies at King’s College London. He has taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Tasmania; and is the associate editor of the University of Malaya’s South East Asian Studies journal, JATI. His research interests include statecraft, terrorism and counterinsurgency, and South East Asia. A full list of his books, journal articles and mainstream media publications can be found at He is a member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board.


Nick Kempt graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physics and Computing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Physics, and has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and Master of Project Management from UNSW at ADFA. Since joining DST Group in 1990 he has undertaken a diverse range of operations research, capability analysis, organisational and force design studies within Army, Air Force, Joint and Intelligence domains. Most recently he has been supporting analysis of Army’s Future Combined Arms Fighting System, exploring littoral and amphibious operations, and designing a 5th Generation Army.


Dr Peter Layton is a Visiting Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, a Royal United Services Institute Associate Fellow and a Royal Australian Air Force Reserve Group Captain. He has extensive aviation and defence experience and, for his work at the Pentagon on force structure matters, he was awarded the United States Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Public Service Medal. He has a doctorate from the University of New South Wales on grand strategy and has taught on the topic at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, United States National Defense University. For his academic studies, he was awarded a Fellowship to the European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy. His research interests include grand strategy, national security policies particularly relating to middle powers, defence force structure concepts and the effects of emerging technology. He contributes regularly to the public policy debate on defence and foreign affairs issues and is the author of the book Grand Strategy. His articles and papers may be read at Peter Layton Academia Research


Fiona Mackrell is the managing editor of the Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies and Publications and Research Officer at the Centre for Defence Research at the Australian Defence College.

Before joining Deakin University, she was a freelance writer and editor and deputy editor at ArtsHub. She has held various production roles at ABC Television and has a background in marketing and corporate communication. She has a Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing) from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

Andrew Maher is the 2021 Chief of Army Fellow and a major in the Australian Army. He is a doctoral candidate at UNSW-C exploring the nature of proxy warfare throughout the Cold War to today and into the future

Adam Mahoney is a major in the Australian Army and an anaesthetist with the 2nd General Health Battalion. He is based at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Katherine Mansted is the senior adviser for public policy at the Australian National University’s National Security College.

Tony Marceddo is the Director of Securing Digital Futures and Defence at Edith Cowan University.  He previously served as the General Manager of Vault Cloud, General Manager of Australian Intelligence and Cyber Security at Northrop Grumman, and Deputy General Manager for Intelligence and Cyber at Raytheon Australia, after a career in Defence Intelligence.

Ian Martinusis a trade and investment specialist with experience in technology-related ventures across government and industry. He currently works with the World Bank on public financial management reform, is the director of Martinus Consulting, and formerly led the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub.

Eve Massingham is a senior research fellow in the Law and the Future of War research group at the University of Queensland. Her current research focuses on the diverse ways in which the law constrains or enables autonomous functions of military platforms, systems and weapons. She is the co-editor of Ensuring Respect for International Humanitarian Law (Routledge, 2020) and she has published a number of book chapters and journal articles in the fields of international humanitarian law, international law, and the use of force. Prior to joining the University of Queensland, Eve worked for the International Red Cross and Red Cross Movement for ten years. This including working as the International Committee of the Red Cross' Regional Legal Adviser for East Africa and as an International Humanitarian Law officer for Australian Red Cross. She began her career at (then) Freehills (admitted 2004) and was an Associate to Justice Collier at the Federal Court of Australia. Eve has also served as an Australian Army Reserve Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) from Queensland University of Technology, a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University, an LLM (Distinction) from King's College London and a PhD from the University of Queensland.

Imogen Mathew is a lecturer in professional military education at the Australian National University. She works as part of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre to deliver a graduate program of Professional Military Education to mid-level officers at the Australian War College. Her background is in literary studies, and her work has been published in Australian Humanities Review, the Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian LiteratureContemporary Women’s Writing and the Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies.

Mark McCallum is a group captain in the Australian Air Force and a syndicate director for the strategic studies program at the Australian War College, ADC.

Dr Tim McKay is Research Leader, Land Capability Analysis in the Joint and Operations Analysis Division of Defence Science and Technology Group, where he is responsible for operations research to support land capability. His previous appointments include Research Leader, Future Operations Program, responsible for research and analysis to support joint force design. Dr McKay spent 2015 and 2016 in the UK, where he was responsible for strategic science and technology (S&T) partnering with the UK Ministry of Defence. As Head of the DSTO Operations Support Centre from 2006 to 2011 he established the deployable operations analysis and S&T fly away team programs, and led DSTO’s operational S&T support program, including the counter-improvised explosive device S&T sub-program. From 2001 to 2005, Dr McKay led DSTO’s Electro Optical Counter Surveillance program. He also has 20 years’ experience as an Army Reserve officer, including operational service as the J8 in Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 (Middle East region).

Dr Tim McKenna is an Honorary Visiting Fellow with Defence Science and Technology Group as well as a management consultant. He served in the Australian Army as a Regular officer from 1971 until 2002, retiring as a Brigadier. As an artillery officer, including as Commanding Officer of the School of Artillery, he had significant involvement in joint fires. In his senior military career Dr McKenna served in joint appointments in intelligence and capability development. From 2002 until 2007, Dr McKenna served as a Chief of Division in the then-Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), with significant involvement in joint capability development. From 2009 until 2015, he served as a Reservist with DSTO’s Support to Operations program and in research into joint force design. As a management consultant since 2008, Dr McKenna has worked in the capability development of major Defence information and communications technology projects.


Jeffrey W Meiser Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Global Affairs at the University of Portland, in Portland, Oregon, USA He was previously an Associate Professor at the College of International Security Affairs and Director of the South and Central Asia Program at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., USA Dr. Meiser’s book Power and Restraint: The Rise of the United States, 1898-1941 was published in 2015 by Georgetown University Press.

Dr Cathy Moloney is the editor of the AJDSS and director of the Centre for Defence Research at the Australian Defence College. She has over a decade of academic experience in International Relations and National Security having held roles as a senior research assistant, lecturer, course convener and supervisor in International Security and International Relations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She holds a PhD in Nuclear Policy and International Relations (Griffith University), Master of International Politics (1st Class, University of Melbourne) and a BA in International Relations (Griffith University).

The Hon Scott Morrison is the Member for Cook and the 30th Prime Minister of Australia.

Genevieve Mosely is a PhD candidate in Design Innovation in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, at the University of Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Design (Architecture), Master of Teaching and Master of Philosophy in Education from the University of Newcastle. Her research focuses on design education, specifically on how design is integrated into curriculum, design pedagogies and how design can be used as a strategic resource within education systems.

Dr Alexey D. Muraviev is head of the Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies at Curtin University, a coordinator of the International Relations and National Security programs and the founder and director of the Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy at Curtin. He has published widely on national and international security; and is a regular media commentator on international and strategic affairs. His research interests include problems of modern maritime power, contemporary defence and strategic policy, Russia as a Pacific power and its strategic and defence policies, and Australian national security. He is a member of several expert editorial and advisory boards, and think tanks. In 2011, Alexey was the inaugural scholar-in-residence at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He is a member of the AJDSS editorial review board. He is a member of the Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies editorial review board.


Greta Nabbs-Keller is a research fellow at The University of Queensland’s Centre for Policy Futures and an adjunct lecturer at the School of Political Science and International Studies. Her research interests focus on the internal political dynamics that shape Indonesia's foreign and security policies.

Adam Ni is the director of the China Policy Centre, an independent, non-profit research organisation based in Canberra, and the editor of China Story, a blog on China-related issues. He is also a China researcher affiliated with Macquarie University. His focus includes China’s international relations, strategy and security issues.



Dr Rory Paddock is a Teaching Fellow at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College and a lead for the Advanced Command and Staff Course (Joint). He retired from the Royal New Zealand Air Force as Group Captain with his last posting as a Syndicate Director at the Australian Defence College. Dr Paddock holds a BSc in Social Science from the University of Ulster, a PGDip in Defence and Strategic Studies from Massey University, and a PhD in Economic and Social History from the University of Edinburgh. He is also an alumnus of the US Department of Defense Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. He is a member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board.

Andrew Pearson is a wing commander and full-time member of the Royal Australian Air Force posted to HQ Health Services Wing. He has deployed on multiple occasions to both military conflicts and humanitarian assistance missions. He has an interest in acute general surgery as well as sub specialist training in pancreatic and liver surgery.

Dr Christopher Paparone is a professor of strategic leadership at the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy, US National Defense University, Washington, DC. He is a retired US Army Colonel and earned his PhD from Penn State University. His book, The Sociology of Military Science: Prospects for Postinstitutional Military Design, was published in 2013.

Dr Brandon Pincombe has led social science, biometrics and mathematics research groups in Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group. He has published refereed reports or papers on several topics including mathematical modelling of combat, technology futures, scenario analysis, Delphi surveying, systemic design, technology futures, workforce planning, intelligence value estimation, textual topic detection and tracking, clustering techniques and change point detection in time series. Brandon has Land Domain experience in complex problems involving uncertainty and an interest in developing and improving methodologies that work in these situations. His PhD in applied mathematics modelled biofluids from medical imaging to provide improved diagnostic information to clinicians.

Amiral (Admiral) Christophe Prazuck was born on 11 October 1960 in Oran, Algeria and entered the Ecole Navale in September 1979.
On leave Fleet Training onboard the FS JEANNE D’ARC, he served in the Indian Ocean from 1982-1984 onboard the patrol ship FS ALTAIR, the amphibious ship FS CHAMPLAIN based out of Reunion and finally as Executive Officer of the patrol ship FS EPEE based out of Mayotte.

From 1984-1989 he served in the Submarine Flotilla on FS OUESSANT, then on FS DORIS as the operations officer before taking the role of Armaments officer at the Commission for the study of submarine operations.

He obtained a PhD in Physical Oceanography at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California from 1989-1991 before putting his expertise to use leading the Navy environment cell in Toulouse from 1991-1994.

In 1994 he was Executive Officer of the command ship FS VAR, att he time the Flagship for the Flag Officer Indian Ocean (ALINDIEN) and subsequently took command of the FS CHAMPLAIN in 1995 before attending the Joint Defence College for Staff course.

Returning to sea in 1997, he was the operations officer on the anti-submarine frigate FS TOURVILLE before taking command of the frigate FLOREAL, based in Reunion, in 1999.

He joined the Marine Nationale’s communications office (SIRPA Marine) as deputy in 2000 before moving to the director for three years from 2001. In 2004, he took charge of the media department of the defence communications office (DICoD) then in 2006 was appointed as the communications advisor to the French Chief of the Defence Staff (CEMA).

Promoted Rear Admiral (2*) in August 2009, a year later he was appointed as Flag Officer Commandos (ALFUSCO), based in Lorient. He was promoted Vice-admiral (4*) on 1 September 2012 upon taking the post of Director of Navy Military Personnel (DPMM). On 13 July 2016, he was promoted Admiral and became Chief of the French Navy.

Admiral Christophe Prazuck is a Commander of the Legion of Honour, a Knight of the Order of Merit and an Officer of the Maritime Order of Merit.



Michael C. Reade is the Defence Professor of Military Medicine and Surgery, a Defence–Industry cooperation position established by Joint Health Command at the University of Queensland in 2011. An intensive care physician and anaesthetist, he leads the ADF’s military trauma research program, with themes of blood transfusion and trauma system design. He is a faculty member in the Global Health Program of the US Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Dr Darryn J. Reid is Principal Scientist, Behaviour & Control, in DST Group and has been with DST since 1995. He has research interests in pure and applied mathematics, meta-mathematics, theoretical and applied computer science, philosophy, military theory and economics, and he is also an artist. In other words, he knows just enough to understand how ignorant he is. He is currently trying to age as disgracefully as possible, with the support of his wife Julie and their son Tyler.

Group Captain Jerome Reid is the Royal Australian Air Force’s Director of Plan Jericho. He started his Australian Defence Force career as an Army Infantry Officer, where he spent over 20 years in various Regimental roles within the airborne combat community. In his current role leading Plan Jericho, he leverages this expertise and his broad Defence experience to design Air Force’s innovation strategies, infrastructure and implementation. Jerome is committed in his efforts to disrupt existing paradigms for how Air Force thinks about, acquires and sustains capability.

Zac Rogers is a research lead at the Jeff Bleich Centre for the US Alliance in Digital Technology, Security and Governance at Flinders University of South Australia. His research interests combine national security, intelligence and defence with social cybersecurity, digital anthropology and democratic resilience.

Dr Alex Ryan is Vice President of Solutions Lab at MaRS Discovery District and co-founder of the innovation and collaboration agency Synthetikos Inc. Alex co-founded Alberta CoLab, the first provincial government innovation lab in Canada. He is executive-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and previously helped introduce operational and strategic design into the U.S. Army, teaching at the School of Advanced Military Studies and consulting with US Special Operations Command and US Strategic Command. His PhD in applied mathematics advanced a multidisciplinary approach to complex systems design.

'Systemic design of a force for the Australian Army in 2050', in Design thinking: applications for the Australian Defence Force, JSPS, 2019, 3

Major General Mick Ryan AM is the Commander, Australian Defence College and Chair of the AJDSS Editorial Board. He has deep experience in the fields of national and military strategy; interagency and joint operations; command and leadership; professional military education, as well as a long-standing interest in organisational innovation and adaption.

During his 30-year career in the Australian Defence Force, he has served in Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq; and with the Strategy and Policy Division of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell (PACC) on the US Joint Staff. Prior to his current role, he was Army’s Director General Training and Doctrine, where he authored and implemented the Ryan Review. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, a graduate of the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting and holds a Master in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on twitter @WarintheFuture.


Honorary Professor Brendan Sargeantis Honorary Professor, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. He retired from the Department of Defence in October 2017. From September 2013 to October 2017, he was the Associate Secretary of Defence. Prior to that appointment he was the Deputy Secretary Strategy. As Associate Secretary, he was responsible for oversight of the implementation of the First Principles Review, a major reform of Defence organisation and enterprise governance, planning, performance and risk management. He was principal author of the 2013 Defence White Paper. He was also a member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board from 2019 to 2021.

Christopher R. Smithis the Australian Chief of the Defence Force’s liaison officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington DC, USA. He is an infantry officer with command and staff experience in theatres such as Rwanda, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a graduate of the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies at Leavenworth.

Richard Campbell ‘Ric’ Smith AO, PSM is a former senior Australian public servant and diplomat, a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Affairs, and a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the ANU. He is Co-Chair of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (Aus-CSCAP) and Chairman of RAND’s Australian Advisory Board.

Scott Squires is a commander in the Australian Navy and an emergency physician with the Maritime Operational Health Unit based at HMAS Penguin.

Professor Peter Stanley of UNSW Canberra is one of Australia’s most distinguished military historians. The author of over 35 books, he has published widely in the fields of Australian military history and latterly, the military history of British India. His 2010 book, Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the Australian Imperial Force was jointly awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. He is general editor of the Cambridge University Press Army History Series. His recent book projects have been on the Santal rebellion (Bengal, 1855) and the Falklands/Malvinas war of 1982, in collaboration with Argentine and Australian colleagues. Peter was a member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board from 2018 to 2020.

Ashley Stephens joined DST Group in 2001, after a research career in physical and inorganic chemistry. Since then, he has worked on the application and development of operations research methods to support the Australian Army in areas such as urban operations, training and preparedness and Army modernisation. He is currently Disciple Leader for Land Concepts and Design (Joint and Operations Analysis Division, Land Capability Analysis MSTC), where his focus is on developing research methods for the development of robust Land Force alternatives to meet the challenges of an uncertain future operating environment.

Matthew Sussex is a senior fellow at the Centre for Defence Research at the Austalian Defence College. Prior to his current role, he was an associate professor at the National Security College, Australian National University. His research specialisations revolve around strategic studies with a particular focus on hybrid warfare, Chinese and Russian security politics, and Australian foreign and defence policy.

Matthew’s book publications include The Palgrave handbook of national security (2021); Belt and Road Initative and the future of regional order (Lexington, 2020); Violence and the state (Manchester University Press, 2016); Power, politics and confrontation in Eurasia (Palgrave, 2015); Russia, Eurasia and the new geopolitics of energy (Palgrave, 2015); and Conflict in the former USSR (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He has previously been a non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and Head of Politics and International Relations at the University of Tasmania. He has been awarded research grants from the Australian Research Council, the Fulbright Commission, the ISA and Australian government agencies. He also provides regular expert analyses for local, national and international media and think-tanks, including the Lowy Institute, BBC, CNN, Bloomberg and others.


Kim Tang joined DST Group in 1991 after completing an Honours degree in Computer Science at the Flinders University of South Australia. His early work at DST Group included development of a naval ship database for RAN, a missiles database for DIO and image processing and exploitation in support of the Global Hawk UAV trial. Kim has also provided support to project LAND 400, developing a combat vehicle technology database to support the project requirements definition. Currently, Kim works within Joint and Operations Analysis Division, Land Capability Analysis MSTC, focusing on understanding the impact of emerging technology on force design.

Jason Thomas is a retired Australian Army Armor Officer living in Melbourne; he is currently reading in a PhD at the University of Sydney dealing with the application of mission command principles to project management.

Jason works as a strategic planning and risk management consultant under the trading name of De Montaigne Strategic Consulting. Other articles and posts can be seen at

Kate Tollenaar is a signals officer in the Australian Army, who has served in units throughout Australia, and is currently posted to Army Headquarters in Canberra. Her research interests include the Australian prisoner of war experience, family and community experience of war, and remembrance.

Nikoleta Tomecko joined DST Group in 1998, while completing her Master of Applied Mathematics degree from the University of South Australia. Since then, the focus of her work has been supporting projects at the early stages of capability development, in the needs and requirements stages, including SEA 1442, LAND 17, LAND 75, LAND 907 and LAND 400.
More recently, Nikoleta has been responsible for developing a mathematical decision analysis capability within Joint and Operations Analysis Division, Land Capability Analysis MSTC. Nikoleta currently works in Weapons and Combat Systems Division as discipline leader systems of systems analysis.

Dr Jane Tsakissiris is Warfare Innovation Navy program manager and a lieutenant commander in the Royal Australian Navy. Prior to joining the Navy, she worked for private and public organisations in program management, project management, generalist management consultancy and business analyst roles. Jane has supported non-for-profit organisations in Queensland as a board member. She has degrees and certifications in company directorship, business, ICT, project management and education.
Her doctoral research in the QUT Science and Engineering Faculty investigated student digital experience in a graduate higher education technology-enhanced learning environment. Jane worked as a sessional lecturer in the QUT Business School and is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her published works are in management education, human resource management education, and technology in higher education. She has presented as an invited speaker at international conferences in China, as well as in Australia.


Tom Uren is a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre. He has published and researched international and domestic cyber issues including Australia's Offensive Cyber capability, the insecurity of the internet of things, and Chinese commercial espionage.


Joseph Voros is Adjunct Professor of Foresight at Swinburne University and has been a professional futurist for over two decades. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics (on mathematical extensions to the Genera l Theory of Relativity) and in his early career work in internet-related firms, including a stint at the legendary Silicon Valley company Netscape Communications.

From 2000 to 2020, Dr Voros worked at Swinburne, starting as a consultant on a special project in the former Australian Foresight Institute and analyst in strategic planning before joining the academic staff of the Master of Strategic Foresight program, researching and lecturing on the theory and practice of foresight in organisations and society. Three articles from his Generic Foresight Process framework series have won research excellence awards, including the 2010 Foresight Outstanding Paper Award. He also re-designed, convened and for several years taught the Master of Business Administration (MBA) unit on Corporate Strategy, bringing a unique corporate-level foresight-enhanced perspective to it.
He has a strong belief in the need to apply both rigorous intellectual discipline and practical pragmatic utility to ‘real world’ contexts. This belief lies at the heart of his approach to Futures Studies and strategic foresight.
He is a member of the World Futures Studies Federation, the Big History Institute, and the Association of Professional Futurists, and was a founding member and former board member (2012-2017) of the International Big History Association. He serves on the editorial boards of the journal Foresight, the European Journal of Futures Research, and the Journal of Big History.

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Andrew Willis is a captain in the Australian Navy. In 2021 he undertook a Master of International Relations, focusing on Antarctica’s geopolitics. In his 30-year naval career, highlights have included command of the ANZAC frigates HMA Ships Warramunga and Parramatta, service as Equerry to Her Majesty the Queen and the opportunity to lead specialist capability and international engagement teams.

Jeffrey Wilsonis the Research Director at the Perth USAsia Centre and specialises in the regional economic integration of the Indo-Pacific. Dr Wilson specialises in the regional economic integration of the Indo-Pacific. He has particular expertise in the politics of trade agreements, regional economic institutions and Australia’s economic ties with Asia. He has been featured in local and international media outlets, contributes to a range of track two dialogues between Australia and key regional partners, and supports policy development through consultancy, publication and advisory work.

Kane Wright is a colonel in the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Advisor to Fiji from 2022. He is an Art of War scholar and Distinguished Honour graduate of the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College, Honour Graduate of the United States Army’s Strategic Art Program and Graduate of the Australian War College’s Defence and Strategic Studies Course. He has served in regimental, staff and command appointments in Army’s 1st, 3rd and 17th Brigades, as well as Army Headquarters, culminating in his command of the 1st Combat Service Support Battalion. He has been published in the Australian Army Journal and the US journal Military Review.

Dr Cara Wrigley is Professor of Design Innovation at the University of Sydney, residing within the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Recently she has held the role of Jericho Chair of Design Innovation, where she is director of the Defence by Design Lab and leads the Royal Australian Air Force in their design capability deployment across bases around Australia. She is an industrial designer who is actively researching the value that design holds in business – specifically through the creation of strategies to design business models which lead to emotive customer engagement. Her work to date has crossed research boundaries and appears in a wide range of high-quality disciplinary publications.




Ben Zweibelson is the program director for design and innovation at the US Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) at the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in Tampa, Florida. A retired US Army Infantry Officer with multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ben is completing a doctorate in philosophy with Lancaster University focused on military design. He holds three master degrees and an undergraduate in graphic design, and resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife and three children.