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Video – War in the Sand Pit Conference – Admiral Chris Barrie

Welcome to our highly anticipated ‘War in the Sand Pit’ conference series of videos.  The conference was held in Brisbane on 12-13 May 2017, and was sponsored by Military History & Heritage Victoria, the Australian National University, and the Returned & Services League of Australia, Queensland Branch.

We hope you enjoy all the presentations which the speakers have generously agreed to share with us.  The presentations represent the speakers personal views based on their own experiences, and the context relevant to them and their individual role at the time. This presentation on Australian Military Strategy is delivered by Admiral Chris Barrie, AC, RAN the former Chief of the Defence Force.



Admiral Barrie – click on the image to view the video





Admiral Chris Barrie, AC, RAN was the Chief of the Defence Force from 1998-2002.  He retired from military service in 2002 and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.








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