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Australian Defence College


Australian Defence College (ADC) was established to meet the strategic needs of the Australian Defence Force for joint professional military education and individual joint warfare training. This is achieved through delivery of courses, exercises and programs of study at the Australian Defence College and the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre.

Each centre has a different role in preparing Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Servants and members of Defence industry for senior roles within a joint operating environment.

ADC Strategic Plan


The Australian Defence College Strategic Plan 2013-17 outlines the future directions for education and training in Defence.



About Commander ADC

Major General Mick Ryan graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1989 as a Combat Engineer. Early career highlights include: serving with the 6RAR Battalion Group in East Timor in 2000; in 2003, being the lead planner for development of the first ADF Network Centric Warfare Roadmap; and in 2005, serving as the Deputy J3 for the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq, Baghdad.

Major General Ryan commanded the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment from 2006 until 2007. He also commanded the 1st Reconstruction Task Force in southern Afghanistan from August 2006 to April 2007, and was awarded the Order of Australia for the command of this Task Force.

In 2008, he served on Army Headquarters, working primarily on the Adaptive Army strategic reform initiative. In 2009, he served as the Military Assistant to the Chief of Army.

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