Ross Babbage

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Ross Babbage in 2016

Ross Babbage (born 1949) is the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Forum Pty Ltd and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in Washington DC. Dr Babbage is also Managing Director of Strategy International, a national security consulting and educational services company. Dr Babbage formerly held the position as Head of Strategic Analysis in the Office of National Assessments and Assistant Secretary for ANZUS and then Force Development in the Department of Defence. He has also been an advisor to various government ministers and departments[1][2]

Babbage was educated at Barker College in Sydney. He subsequently completed bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from the University of Sydney and a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University.

In 2003 to 2004 he served as Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.[3]

He has addressed Australia's future defence needs in a range of reports and papers[4] and in February 2011 his study of Australia's defence needs in the future Australia's Strategic Edge in 2030 was released.[5]


  • A Coast Too Long: Defending Australia Beyond the 1990s (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1990)
  • Rethinking Australia's Defence (University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1980)
  • Preparing Australia's Defence for 2020 – Transformation or Reform? (Kokoda Foundation, Canberra, 2005)
  • Australia's Future Underwater Operations and System Requirements (Kokoda Foundation, Canberra, 2007)
  • Firepower to Win: Australian Defence Force Joint Fires in 2020 (Kokoda Paper, Canberra, 2007)
  • Strategic Decision-Making: Optimising Australia's National Security Planning and Coordination for 2015 (Kokoda Paper, May 2008)
  • Australia's Strategic Edge in 2030 (Kokoda Paper, Canberra, 2011)
  • Game Plan: The Case for a New Australian Grand Strategy (Menzies Research Centre (Connor Court), Canberra, 2015.


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  3. ^ See for an earlier publication in this centre: - Babbage, Ross, & Australian National University. Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. (1986), Looking beyond the Dibb Report / by Ross Babbage Australian National University, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Canberra ISBN 0-86784-999-1
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