Our project is analysing the settings of strategy (from the year 1783 to 2020) involving the broad interrelationship between Australian trade policy, industrial capability, defence posture and expeditionary warfare.

The study involves extensive use of archival material and Australian Defence Force strategies.

Competitive advantage

  • Twenty years of courses, from first year to postgraduate, on Australian defence and foreign policy
  • Publications to support the project (a monograph under the name completed in 2020)
  • Extensive knowledge of digital records available through the National Archives of Australia, Australian Defence Force and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Successful applications of research

  • Publication of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade volume on Australia and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty 1945-1975 (2013)
  • Special edition of Security Challenges on defence issues including nuclear submarines (2013)
  • Defence White Paper submissions (strategy)


  • Australian Defence Force and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) historical documents on nuclear non-proliferation
  • Shared supervision and research collaboration with Associate Professor David Lee, Australian Defence Force Academy


  • Very few universities run courses in contemporary history of strategy and defence
  • The University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) provides a useful facility for a range of offerings—from special sessions to short courses—and ultimately credits a full program

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.