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Principal CDSS

Mr Ian Errington, AM, CSC

Mr Ian Errington, AM, CSCMr Ian Errington, AM, CSC Ian was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1957 and joined the Australian Regular Army in 1974. He graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea, in 1980 and was allocated to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. Ian transferred in 1986 to the Australian Intelligence Corps where he was employed initially in security and counterintelligence roles. He underwent training in the United States as a strategic intelligence analyst and, subsequently, specialised as a Southeast Asian analyst working in both the Defence Intelligence Organisation in Canberra, and in the US Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.

Ian is a 1992 graduate from the Australian Command and Staff College, is an Advanced Indonesian linguist, and has a Master of Defence Studies degree from the University of New England. His honours and awards include the Conspicuous Service Cross, the Group Bravery Citation, and he is a Member of the Order of Australia. Ian has been awarded the Australian Service Medal (Irian Jaya) and the Australian Active Service Medal (Iraq and Afghanistan). He is also a recipient of the US Legion of Merit.

Ian commanded the 1st Division Intelligence Company and the Defence Intelligence Training Centre. He has also enjoyed a wide range of staff appointments including as ADC to the Chief of Army, Staff Officer to DGCPM-A, SO1 Intelligence Plans at JEPS, and as Chief of Staff of Coastwatch Division in the Australian Customs and Border Protection Command. Ian's senior command and staff appointments include Head of the Australian Defence Staff in Jakarta (2006-2009), and Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Armed Forces Commander (2005). Ian was assigned from 2011-12 to the Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan as the Deputy J2, responsible for Coalition intelligence plans, analysis, and production. He also supervised the development and operations of the Commander ISAF Red Team, the NATO Intelligence Collaboration Group, as well as the Theatre Civil-Military program.

Ian has broad experience in wider Departmental, whole of government, and diplomatic settings. He was a long-term member of Defence International Policy Division - as Army Attaché Jakarta and HADS Jakarta, as Director General Pacific and East Timor, and as Director General Southeast Asia. His work at Customs Head Office in Canberra and with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at overseas Posts has provided him enhanced exposure to, and appreciation of, national interests, challenges, and priorities.

Ian is married to Debbie, a DFAT officer, and they have two beautiful daughters - Hayley (26) and Kellie (20). Ian and Debbie's diverse interests include travel, bushwalking, running, cooking, and maintaining their garden.

Commandant ACSC

Brigadier Peter C. GatesBrigadier Peter C. Gates

Brigadier Gates was born in Sydney in 1966 and completed his education at Daramalan College, Canberra. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in December 1986 into the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.

Brigadier Gates has served in 4th Field Regiment and 8th/12th Medium Regiment where he commanded 103 Medium Battery. He commanded the School of Artillery between 2003 and 2004. He has had instructional appointments as a tactics instructor at the Royal Military College and at the Combat Command Wing of the Combined Arms Training Centre. He also served on the Directing Staff at the United Kingdom's Combined Joint Services Staff College.

Staff appointments have included Army Force Development and as the Colonel of Operational Plans (J53) in Headquarters Joint Operations Command.

He has seen operational service in the Middle East with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in Syria, Israel, Lebanon and Egypt and served in Multinational Force - Iraq as colonel plans in the Combined Joint Force Headquarters (Operations) in 2008.

Brigadier Gates attended the Australian Army Command and Staff College at Queenscliff in 1998 and subsequently studied Law at the University of Melbourne. In 2009 he completed the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian Defence College. Brigadier Gates holds post graduate qualifications in Defence and Strategic Studies and International Law.

Brigadier Gates was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal for service to Army Force Development in the 2004 Australia Day Honors List.

As Director General Defence Education and Training in 2010, Brigadier Gates led enterprise wide education and training reforms as part of the Strategic Reform Program that included the establishment of the Defence Learning Branch. He was appointed Commandant of the Australian Command and Staff and College in 2012.

Commandant ADFA

CDRE Bruce KaferCOMMODORE Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, RAN

Commodore Bruce Kafer joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Cadet Midshipman in 1977. After initial seaman officer training he specialised in hydrographic surveying and, on completion of his basic survey course, served in hydrographic survey ships of the RAN and Royal Navy.

Highlights of Commodore Kafer’s seagoing career have been his commands of the RAN survey ships HMAS FLINDERS and HMAS LEEUWIN, and his two-year exchange posting with the Royal Navy. He also saw active service in the Persian Gulf on two occasions: initially during the Iran/Iraq war, when he participated in mine clearance operations whilst with the Royal Navy; and in 2008-09, when he had command of two coalition maritime task forces (Combined Task Forces 158 and 152) responsible for security and interception operations in the Gulf.

Commodore Kafer has also had a variety of senior staff appointments ashore. He served for four years as Hydrographer of Australia and Commander of the RAN’s Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Force Element Group. More recently he was the Chief, Combat Support Group in Fleet Headquarters. In December 2009 he assumed duties as Commandant, Australian Defence Force Academy.

In 2005 Commodore Kafer was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for services to hydrography, and in 2008 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for his services as Chief, Combat Support Group.

Commodore Kafer is married to Geraldine; they have two adult sons.

Director CDLE

Mr Jamie Cullens

Mr Jamie CullensJamie Cullens was appointed as the first Director of the Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics in 2002. Served in Infantry after graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1976. His career consisted of regimental, staff and training postings and included a posting with the US Army's Rapid Deployment Force. He saw operational service in Kashmir with the United Nations and in Panama with US forces; attended Army Command and Staff College in 1988; and, commanded the Northwest Mobile Force (NORFORCE) in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley in 1994 - 95.

He joined the Rio Tinto resources group in a management role in 1996 and worked in the areas of mine production, business improvement, environmental management, safety, community relations and Native Title, mainly on Cape York, until 2001.

Jamie holds BA (UNSW) and Masters (UNSW) degrees and a Graduate Diploma in Management. Other interests include struggling through triathlons, reading, red wine, Northern Australia, Italy and (watching) rugby union.

He is the 2008 Secretary of Defence Scholar and is studying in the field of military ethics. March 2008.