Admiral Chris Barrie is a Visiting Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU.
Chris retired from over 41 years of active service in the Royal Australian Navy, and as the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) in July 2002. Since retirement from the military, Chris has concentrated his work on strategic leadership issues as a consultant, teacher and mentor. He became involved in Oxford University’s Strategic Leadership and Stimulus Forum Programs (2002-2011) and is now a key member of the Oxford Praxis Forum. He has worked with the Australian Davos Connection’s Future Summit Program and is now a regular participant in the Australian Leadership Retreat, and the Kokoda Foundation’s Young Strategic Leaders Forum. He was also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Washington DC (2004-09). Chris has also been working to promote the establishing of the Asia-Pacific Leaders Circle and institution-building throughout the region through the Australian Crime Prevention Council.
As CDF, Chris directed and commanded the operation to secure East Timor in 1999-2000 and provided specialised defence security support for the Sydney Olympic Games (2000) and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Coolum (2002). He advised the Government about specific roles for Australia’s armed forces in support of coalition forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere after the 9/11 tragedy, and the invocation of security assistance to the US Government offered by the Australian Government under the ANZUS Treaty.