Dr David Connery

Honorary Associate Professor

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Dr David Connery’s career has included appointments in government, academia and think tanks. This has included service in the Australian Army, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Department of Defence and as a policy advisor to a parliamentarian. He has undertaken substantial secondments to the Office of National Assessments and the Australian National University, where he was a deputy director of the National Security College. David's PhD from ANU’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre examined Australian Policymaking during the East Timor Crisis of 1999. He also holds a Master of International Studies (Hons) (Sydney), Maser of Strategic Affairs (ANU), Master of Defence Studies (UC/Australian Command and Staff College) and BA (Qld). He received the 2015 Donald McKay Churchill Fellowship for research into organised crime. David is also a member of the Australian Army’s History Unit.


  • Director Joint Doctrine, VCDF Executive (2017-20)
  • Head, Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement and Head, ASPI-Education, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (2013-17)
  • Senior Adviser, Australia-New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee (2012-13)
  • Deputy Director Academic, Outreach and Research, National Security College, ANU (2010-12)
  • Commanding Officer, University of New South Wales Regiment, Australian Army (2007-8)

Significant research publications


Diggers and Seratu: An Illustrated History of the Australia-Indonesia army-to-army relationship (working title), with Dr Garth Pratten, Australian Army History Unit (forthcoming).

The Battles Before: Case studies of strategic leadership in the Australian Army after the Vietnam War (editor, and authored cases on the Australian Army in the 1970s, Dibb Review and East Timor), BigSky Publishing, Sydney, 2016.

Conducting Counterinsurgency: Reconstruction Task Force 4 in Afghanistan, (with David Cran and David Evered), BigSky Publishing, Sydney, 2012.

Crisis Policymaking: Australia and the East Timor Crisis 1999, ANU e-Press, Canberra, 2010.

Research papers and book chapters

‘For the right reasons, in the right ways: a four-nation survey of information sharing about organised crime’, ASPI Special Report, November 2016

‘Opportunities abound abroad: optimising our criminal intelligence system overseas’ ASPI Special Report (with Phil Kowalick), July 2016.

‘A Web of Harms: Serious and Organised Crime and its impact upon Australia’s interests’ (with Clare Murphy and Hayley Channer), August 2015

‘A long time coming: the case for a Commonwealth white paper on law enforcement’, ASPI Special Report, March 2015

‘Learning by doing: Lessons for Australia’s higher-level national security policy and policymaking from INTERFET’ in John Blaxland (ed) East Timor Intervention: A retrospective on INTERFET (2015).

‘Should ministerial arrangements for domestic security be changed?’ Australian Strategic Policy Institute, October 2014 (with Peter Jennings)

‘Shared interests, enduring cooperation: the future of Australia–PNG police engagement’, ASPI Special Report, October 2014 (with Karl Claxton)

‘Investing wisely: spending political capital on Australia’s criminal intelligence capabilities’, ASPI Special Report, August 2014

‘Which Division? Risk Management and the Australian Army's Force Structure After the Vietnam War’, Australian Army History Unit, July 2014.

‘A return on investment: The future of police cooperation between Australia and Indonesia’, ASPI Special Report, March 2014 (with Natalie Sambhi & Michael McKenzie)

‘Partners against crime: A short history of the AFP-POLRI relationship’, (with Michael McKenzie and Natalie Sambhi), ASPI Backgrounder, March 2014.

‘The Commonwealth's part in the fight against organised crime’, ASPI Special Report, December 2013

‘Disturbing the Present: Practical Options to Inform National Security Planning in Australia through Horizon Scanning’, National Security College Working Paper, 2010

'National Security Community 2020', Kokoda Foundation, 2007

'Australia’s Future Air Combat Capability: How Much is Too Little? (with Peter Nicholson), Kokoda Foundation, 2005

'Defence Transformation in Australia', (with Alan Stephens), in Strategy and Defence, Allen and Unwin, 2006

'Trash or Treasure: Knowledge Warfare, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, 2003

'Future Warfighting Concept, Department of Defence (author/lead concept developer), 2003

Network Centric Warfare, Department of Defence (author/lead concept developer), 2003

LWD1 – The Fundamentals of Land Warfare, Australian Army (principal author), 2002

'Ground Based Air Defence in the Army-After-Next, Land Warfare Studies Centre, Canberra, 2002

Journal articles

Phil Kowalick, David Connery & Rick Sarre (2018) 'Intelligence-sharing in the context of policing transnational serious and organized crime: a note on policy and practice in an Australian setting', Police Practice and Research, 19:6, 596-608

‘Horizon Scanning: Enhancing Strategic Insight for National Security Policymaking’, Security Challenges, 2013

‘Islam in Malaysian Politics’, Current Affairs Bulletin, Vol 70, No 8, February 1994


Also published in The Australian, Herald-Sun, Canberra Times, Security Challenges, The Strategist, Australia-New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Australian Army Journal and Australian Defence Force Journal.

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