Personal profile


Admiral Chris Barrie AC commanded all arms of the Defence Force as its Chief (CDF) from1998 till 2002. After this, Chris worked on strategic leadership as a consultant, teacher and mentor, initially through Oxford University's Strategic Leadership and Stimulus Forum Programs (2002-2011); and as Distinguished Visiting Professor he also taught an elective on Strategic Leadership to senior U.S. military officers at the National Defense University in Washington DC from 2004 till 2010.

He is busy now as the founder and Chair of PTSD-Australia New Zealand, whose subsidiary "FearLess Outreach" is intended to assist an estimated 6 million people in the Australian and New Zealand communities, who live with post-traumatic stress. "FearLess" held a very successful national conversation on PTSD in August 2019 in Caloundra, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Admiral Barrie is an Honorary Professor at Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University. He works in the Tuckwell Foundation and is Chair of the Kioloa Coastal Campus Commission. He teaches occasionally on campus and at the Australian Command and Staff College. He conducts demanding scenario exercises and simulations to complement course work.

He is an outspoken commentator on Climate Change and Security using community advocacy to raise awareness of the potential costs of inaction.

Chris is also the Australian member of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC), and an adjunct member of the Planetary Security.