I am a PhD candidate and post-graduate lecturer examining the Strategic Logic of Proxy Warfare, building upon my personal experience as a former Officer in the Australian Army. I’ve served in Afghanistan and Iraq and have been a military fellow with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra.
I am a Professor of Practice with Arizona State University, a non-resident fellow with the U.S. Joint Special Operations University and the Modern War Institute at West Point, and I also hold a Fellowship with the Charles Sturt University Terrorism studies program. I have been a postgraduate course convenor at UNSW Canberra for subjects on Irregular Warfare and the Theory of Special Operations for over five years.
- Certificate in Executive Management and Development, Australian Graduate School of Management, Sep 2018.
- Master of Terrorism Studies, Charles Sturt University (CSU), 2022.
- Master of Defence Studies, Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), 2010.
- Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) / Bachelor of Business (Management and Leadership), University of Southern Queensland, 2004.
My thesis builds upon a long history of interest in operations conducted by, with and through partner forces. It identifies that during periods of strategic competition, major- and middle-powers engage in proxy warfare to impose costs while mitigating the risk of broader conflict, i.e., to limit the risk of vertical escalation. Competing powers are therefore more likely to support proxies in peripheral areas, i.e., horizontal escalation. This thesis is due for completion in Jun 2023 with clear implications for Australian and alliance national security strategy and operational planning.