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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.

Review: Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power by Sheila A. Smith

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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.

Ten questionable assumptions about future war in the Indo-Pacific



Sascha Dominik (Dov) Bachmann is Professor in law at Canberra Law School, University of Canberra and (eo) Reader (Docent) in War Studies (Swedish Defence University, Stockholm).

Competition short of war —how Russia’s hybrid and grey-zone warfare are a blueprint for China’s global power ambitions (co-authored with Andrew Dowse and Hakan Gunneriusson)



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.

Teachers, leave them kids alone: Debataing two approaches for design education in military organisations, Chapter 9, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 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, second edition (Routledge, 2012).

The ambitious reform plans of the People’s Liberation Army: Progress, prospects and implications for Australia
with Bates Gill and Adam Ni




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.

National mobilisation: What are the strategic risks to Australian National Security Planning?




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

Review: The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power


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

Review: Bring the War Home—The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America


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.

The inaugural J.G. Grey Oration: Civil-milita`ry relations in a disrupted world


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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.

Professional military education in the context of disruption
with Jane Tsakissiris

Andrew Dowse AO AVM (Ret’d) is Director, Defence Research and Engagement at Edith Cowan University.

Competition short of war —how Russia’s hybrid and grey-zone warfare are a blueprint for China’s global power ambitions (co-authored with Sascha Dov Bachmann and Hakan Gunneriusson)


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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.

Aiding our ally…some options for Australia


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 Military 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.

Reflections on an American seer: Andrew W. Marshall and the mind of the strategist


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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.

A survey of creativity in complex military systems, Chapter 7, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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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.

The ambitious reform plans of the People’s Liberation Army: Progress, prospects and implications for Australia
with Adam Ni and Dennis Blasko


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.

Air Force by Design: Applying Design for Transient Capability Advantages, Chapter 3, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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

Focus: Hugh White’s How to Defend Australia –An invitation to isolation: there’s more to national strategy than fortress defence


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.

On the roles of design in Defence, Chapter 4, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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.

National security, information and ideas: Time to think about ideational power
with Michael Hatherell and Katherine Mansted


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

Competition short of war —how Russia’s hybrid and grey-zone warfare are a blueprint for China’s global power ambitions (co-authored with Sascha Dov Bachmann and Andrew Dowse)


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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 Counter-Terrorism, 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 Stuides 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, (NY: Oxford University Press, 2018). Forthcoming publications include: Iranian Ways of War: From Cyrus the Great to Qasem Soleimani, (London: Hurst and Company, 2021); God, Greed and Guns: Nation-Building and State-Formation in Iraq, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021); and Mighty Melians: Small States and the Creation of Military Power (London: Hurst and Company, 2022). He is also on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies.

Is strategic studies at risk?
Review: The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War by Brendan Taylor


Dr Michael Hatherell is a senior lecturer 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.

National security, information and ideas: Time to think about ideational power
with Katherine Mansted and Jade Guan

Review: LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media by Peter W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking


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.

Review: The US Lobby and Australian Defence Policy by Vince Scappatura


Dr Frank Hoffman is 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 AJDSS Editorial Review Board.


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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).

The Four Aspects of Joint: A Model for Comparatively Evaluating the Extent of Jointness in the Armed Forces, Joint Studies Paper Series No.2, 2018

What is design thinking and how is it of use to the Australian Defence Force? Chapter 1, Joint Studies Paper Series No 2, 2019

Teachers, leave them kids alone: Debataing two approaches for design education in military organisations, Chapter 9, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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 davidmartinjones.com. He is a member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board.


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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.

Systemic design of a force for the Australian Army in 2050, Chapter 2, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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Fiona Mackrell is the Managing Editor of the AJDSS and Publications and Research Officer at the Centre for Defence Research at the Australian Defence College.





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.

Doing well by doing good: Mutual capacity building through strategic medical engagement
with Scott Squires and Andrew Pearson


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

National security, information and ideas: Time to think about ideational power
with Michael Hatherell and Jade Guan


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.

Review: The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity by Amy Webb


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).


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.

Air Force by Design: Applying Design for Transient Capability Advantages, Chapter 3, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


Dr Alexey D. Muraviev is Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Curtin University and founder and Director of its Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy. An award-winning, strategic affairs analyst, Dr Muraviev has published widely on national and international security; and he 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.


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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.

The ambitious reform plans of the People’s Liberation Army: Progress, prospects and implications for Australia
with Bates Gill and Dennis Blasko


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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

Doing well by doing good: Mutual capacity building through strategic medical engagement
with Adam Mahoney and Scott Squires


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.

Designing meaning in the reflective practice of national security: Frame Awareness and Frame Reflection, Chapter 5, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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.

Systemic design of a force for the Australian Army in 2050, Chapter 2, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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 Ani-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.

Commentary: What makes a ship’s crew so unique?


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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

Building Australia’s defence relationships with Pacific Island nations through Enduring Health Civic Assistance (EHCA)


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 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.

Systemic design of a force for the Australian Army in 2050, Chapter 2, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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.

Air Force by Design: Applying Design for Transient Capability Advantages, Chapter 3, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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 Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on twitter @WarintheFuture.

Extending the intellectual edge with artificial intelligence


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, Chapter 2, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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Honorary Professor Brendan Sargeant is 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 is also a member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board.

Focus: Hugh White’s How to Defend Australia —If we must prepare for the worst, what must we do now?


Christopher R. Smith is 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.

The Achilles effect and preventing armies from becoming mobs


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.

Review: Our Man—Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century


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

Doing well by doing good: Mutual capacity building through strategic medical engagement
with Adam Mahoney and Andrew Pearson


Professor Peter Stanley of UNSW Canberra is one of Australia’s most distinguished military historians and a member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board. 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. He is presently on sabbatical in Britain working on books on the Santal rebellion (Bengal, 1855) and on the Falklands/Malvinas war of 1982, in collaboration with Argentine and Australian colleagues. He is a member of the AJDSS Editorial Review Board


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.

Systemic design of a force for the Australian Army in 2050, Chapter 2, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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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.

Systemic design of a force for the Australian Army in 2050, Chapter 2, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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.

Systemic design of a force for the Australian Army in 2050, Chapter 2, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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.

Professional military education in the context of disruption
with Paul Davidson


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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.

Review: The System: Who owns the internet, and how it owns us by James Ball


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Jeffrey Wilson is the Research Director at the Perth USAsia Centre and 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.

Contest for the Indo-Pacific-Why China Won’t Map the Future by Rory Medcalf


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 begun 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.

Air Force by Design: Applying Design for Transient Capability Advantages, Chapter 3, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019


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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 Masters degrees and an undergraduate in Graphic Design, and resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife and three children.

Fostering deep insight through substantive play, Chapter 6, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019

Teachers, leave them kids alone: Debataing two approaches for design education in military organisations, Chapter 9, Joint Studies Paper Series No.3, 2019