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CoveTalk – ‘Beyond Beersheba’ with the Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC

The Cove is delighted to present the recording of the final #CoveTalk webinar of 2017 – ‘Beyond Beersheba’ with Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, Chief of Army.

There were a few occasions where our signal strength was challenged throughout the webinar, so please forgive a few glitches and edits to the video.

The aim of the CoveTalks is to help Army evolve its intellectual edge through giving serving soldiers and officers access to top-quality material. We also hope to provide an opportunity to facilitate unit PME and foster mess culture by hosting guest speakers at no cost to members across Army.

The live CoveTalks themselves are invitation only, and reserved for the ADF. However whenever possible we will share the videos with the wider family of Covesters!


About the Presenter:

Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC 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 then served in troop and squadron command appointments within the Special Air Service Regiment. In 2001 he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR). While in command, the battalion group deployed to East Timor, as a component of the United Nations Transitional Administration East Timor.

Lieutenant General Campbell has also served in a range of staff appointments including as Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Army, as a strategic policy officer in Army Headquarters, an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College and as Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force.

In late 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.

Lieutenant General Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University and he is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College.

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