Richard Brabin-Smith

Dr Richard Brabin-Smith


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AO Bsc PhD


Dr Brabin-Smith worked for 30 years in the Australian Department of Defence, retiring in 2003. His positions included Deputy Secretary for Strategic Policy, Chief Defence Scientist, First Assistant Secretary for International Policy, First Assistant Secretary for Strategic Policy and Coordination, and First Assistant Secretary for Force Development and Analysis.

Notable activities included the 1997 Defence Efficiency Review, the 1986 "Dibb" Review of Defence Capabilities, and a year's secondment to the Pentagon in the early 1980s.

He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs since 2003, and an Honorary Professor since January 2017.


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