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Preparing for the Indo-Pacific Century: The Australian Army Perspective
In 2016, the release of the Australian Government’s Defence White Paper signalled a comprehensive review of the regional strategic environment and formally named a stable Indo-Pacific region as a Strategic Defence Interest whereby the security and prosperity of the country depends on ‘a stable Indo-Pacific region and a rules-based global order’. As the economic and strategic weight of the Indo-Pacific region grows, Australia and its defence forces are preparing for the ‘Indo-Pacific Century’.
In this address, Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell detailed the Australian Army’s perspective on the strategic outlook as global economic and political power shifts to the region.
Lieutenant General Angus Campbell joined the Australian Army in 1981, graduating from the Royal Military College - Duntroon in 1984. He was assigned to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and initially served as a platoon commander in the 3rd Battalion (Parachute), The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR).
He has served in a variety of troop and squadron commands as well as a range of staff appointments. In 2005 he joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as a First Assistant Secretary to head the Office of National Security and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Secretary and appointed to the position of Deputy National Security Adviser. In these roles he was responsible for the preparation of advice to the Prime Minister on national security matters and coordinating the development of whole-of-government national security policy.
Upon his return to the Australian Defence Force in early 2010 he was appointed to the rank of Major General and led the Military Strategic Commitments staff in Defence headquarters until January 2011, when he assumed command of Australian forces deployed in the Middle East Area of Operations. He subsequently served as Deputy Chief of Army from February 2012 to September 2013, when he was promoted to his current rank to command the Joint Agency Task Force responsible for the implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders.
Lieutenant General Campbell was appointed Chief of the Australian Army on 16 May 2015.