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Professor Babbage is Managing Director of Strategy International (ACT) Pty Ltd, a national security consulting and education service delivery organisation.

Professor Ross Babbage is also Founder of the Kokoda Foundation, a not-for-profit research corporation that works closely with Australian Government agencies on Australia’s future security challenges. For the first five years of the Foundation’s existence, he served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

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Professor Babbage served as a special advisor to the Minister for Defence during the preparation of the 2009 Australian defence white paper. He also served on the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London for a maximum six year term.

Professor Babbage’s career background is unusual in Australia as he has served as a senior government official, a senior executive in the corporate world and also as a senior academic.

Professor Babbage served for 16 years in the Australian Public Service, holding several senior positions, including Head of Strategic Analysis in the Office of National Assessments, and leading the branch in the Department of Defence responsible for ANZUS policy. Professor Babbage was Assistant Secretary, Force Development in the late 1980s, carrying responsibility for the analysis of all major defence capability proposals and the preparation of recommendations for the senior Defence committees and for Cabinet. Through the 1990s, Professor Babbage moved to the corporate sector working with ADI Limited, Australia’s largest defence company. In 2000 he was appointed the inaugural Director of the Centre for International Strategic Analysis in Perth. In 2003 and 2004 he served as Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.

Professor Babbage has Bachelor and Masters degrees in economics from the University of Sydney and a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University. During the course of his career he has researched many Asia-Pacific security issues. Amongst his publications are: A Coast Too Long: Defending Australia Beyond the 1990s (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1990), Rethinking Australia’s Defence (University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1980), Preparing Australia’s Defence for 2020 – Transformation or Reform? (Kokoda Foundation, Canberra, 2005), Australia’s Future Underwater Operations and System Requirements (Kokoda Foundation, Canberra, 2007), Firepower to Win: Australian Defence Force Joint Fires in 2020 (Kokoda Foundation, Canberra, October 2007), Strategic Decision-Making: Optimising Australia’s National Security Planning and Coordination for 2015 (Kokoda Foundation, Canberra, May 2008) and Australia’s Strategic Edge in 2030 (Kokoda Foundation, Canberra, February 2011)..




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