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Gary Brown

Until June 2002 Gary Brown was a Defence Advisor with the Parliamentary Information and Research Service at Parliament House, Canberra, where he provided confidential advice and research at request to members and staffs of all parties and Parliamentary committees, and produced regular publications on a wide range of defence issues. Many are available at here.

Working on defence and national security topics since the early seventies, he has published two books, and many shorter pieces on Australian higher defence organisation and management, international strategic issues and many other aspects of strategic studies and defence in various journals, through the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) and the Australian Defence Studies Centre (ADSC). He has been a Visiting Fellow at both SDSC and at ADSC in the Australian Defence Force Academy.

He regularly lectured at the former Australian Joint Services Staff College (JSSC), and then at the restructured ADF colleges at Weston Creek.

Gary Brown is an Honours graduate of the University of Newcastle, NSW, and also a JSSC civilian graduate. His most recent substantial work, Regaining Relevance: Fitting Australia's Defence Force Structure to the Contemporary Strategic Environment, was published by ADSC in late 2002 and attracted considerable attention. He has been writing for On Line Opinion since January 2003.


Yes, the Minister for Defence is the senior minister.
International - 21/10/2016 - 18 comments
In defence of Smith
Domestic Politics - 15/03/2012 - 14 comments
Waving not threatening
International - 5/01/2012 - 8 comments
Whether declared or not, we are at war in Libya
International - 5/04/2011 - 15 comments
Root out and reform the branches
March 2011 Feature - 18/03/2011 - 1 comment
The guardians must still be accountable
Nation Building - 4/03/2011 - 19 comments
Having a say in the defence of the nation
October 2009 Feature - 21/10/2009 - 3 comments
Just what are we fighting for in Afghanistan?
International - 9/10/2009 - 14 comments
Stern Hu: Rudd must work the Chinese system
Law & Liberties - 21/07/2009 - 11 comments
Joel Fitzgibbon and the Defence Department
Domestic Politics - 30/03/2009 - 19 comments
Tough times ahead for Australia's Defence Force
March 2008 Feature - 27/03/2008 - 5 comments
Giving Bush credit where it's due
International - 26/11/2007 - 6 comments
Forecasting Labor's foreign policy
Domestic Politics - 29/10/2007 - 12 comments
Howard's war and peace
Domestic Politics - 14/09/2007 - 40 comments
Defending the homeland
International - 18/07/2007 - 6 comments
The Iraq war is irretrievably lost
International - 23/02/2007 - 35 comments
Howard's very foreign policies
International - 29/11/2006 - 16 comments
Deadly, dangerous and unpredictable
International - 11/10/2006 - 18 comments
Israel 1: Hezbollah 0
International - 18/09/2006 - 43 comments
Australia's foreign policy confusion
June 2006 Feature - 7/06/2006 - 2 comments
Protecting our national interests?
International - 5/05/2006 - 96 comments
Walking the tightrope with Indonesia
International - 11/04/2006 - 35 comments
Three men and their war
International - 30/03/2006 - 38 comments
Tolerance
Religion & Spirituality - 10/03/2006 - 98 comments
Iran flirting with the nuclear genie
International - 23/01/2006 - 20 comments
Federal Government folly over 'Kopassus'
International - 3/01/2006 - 9 comments
Perspective on anti-terror laws
Law & Liberties - 8/11/2005 - 40 comments
Public sector malaise
Law & Liberties - 18/10/2005 - 5 comments
Defusing the Korean time bomb
International - 26/09/2005 - 8 comments
Mandating the emergence of a vicious theocracy
International - 29/08/2005 - 8 comments
London bombing exposes Iraq War as a blunder
International - 18/07/2005 - 29 comments
Nuclear insurance
International - 17/06/2005 - 9 comments
Throwing Chen to the wolves is an act of cowardice
Domestic Politics - 10/06/2005
Japan needs to say sorry
International - 21/04/2005 - 9 comments
Let's force them to be free
February 2005 Feature - 7/02/2005 - 10 comments
Howard seizes opportunities in the wake of the Tsunami
International - 14/01/2005
History repeats: Fallujah signals the beginning of the new Vietnam
International - 19/11/2004
Terrorism, US alliance and Defence Force admin: Issues for Election 2004
Domestic Politics - 18/08/2004
Beazley's approach to defence is no different to the current government's
Domestic Politics - 16/07/2004
The US would not sacrifice the alliance with Australia over Iraq
International - 23/06/2004
Book Review: Shawcross's Allies is a must-read on the war in Iraq
International - 1/06/2004
Only a collective push for peace will prevent atrocities in spheres of war
International - 26/05/2004
Australia's military intelligence should not become a political football
International - 4/05/2004
Why buy Abrams Tanks? We need to look at more appropriate options
Domestic Politics - 31/03/2004 - 2 comments
The anthrax vaccine saga proves our military personnel deserve respect
Domestic Politics - 3/03/2004
The pre-Iraq War spin on inconclusive intelligence was a shameful exercise
International - 30/01/2004
Latham's real test is whether he can find a better national security policy
Domestic Politics - 17/12/2003
If we're fighting a War on Terror, why buy tanks and naval air power?
International - 20/11/2003
Will the Kinnaird Review deliver some overdue efficiency in Defence budgets?
Domestic Politics - 15/10/2003
When will we see some realistic moves to resolve the problems in Iraq?
International - 18/09/2003
There's more missing from the defence department's budget than dollars.
Domestic Politics - 3/09/2003
Never mind the human rights record, Kopassus simply cannot be trusted
International - 22/08/2003
The Solomons deployment may be too little and it's certainly very late
International - 25/07/2003
Inquiries are needed to determine exactly whose intelligence failed
Domestic Politics - 27/06/2003
The US must fight a complex society to win a lasting peace in Iraq
International - 30/05/2003
Increasing Budget spending on high-tech weapons will not stop terrorists
Domestic Politics - 13/05/2003
The cost to Australia's international standing of supporting the Iraq War
International - 2/04/2003
Australia's defence forces should build goodwill at home, not wreck it in Iraq
International - 6/02/2003
Pre-emption as American policy: issues and consequences
International - 10/01/2003
The latest Defence Update reveals an inability to deal with new realities
International - 4/01/2003
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