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Video – War in the Sand Pit Conference – Superintendent Col Speedie

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 Australia’s contribution in a coalition campaign is delivered by Superintendent Col Speedie, former Commander of the Australian Federal Police mission in Afghanistan.

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Superintendent Col Speedie was the commander of the second Australian Federal Police mission to Afghanistan from 2008-2009.  He is a graduate of the CDSS program (2010) and served in senior police executive roles in Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Jordan and as the Head of United Nations Police in Cyprus.  He retired from the Australian Federal Police in 2014 after 27 years of service and is currently a law enforcement and security advisor.





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