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Mr James Brown

ASPI Council member

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James Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), Australia’s peak body for the space economy.

A national security and public policy expert, he has previously held research appointments at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, United States Studies Centre, and the University of Sydney.

He is currently a Non-Resident Fellow at the United States Studies Centre, Chairman of the charity Veteran Sports Australia, and a strategic adviser to the University of Technology Sydney.

Between 2017 and 2019 James led the rebuilding and modernisation of Australia’s largest veteran’s organisation, the RSL, as its youngest ever elected President.

James served on the board of the Sydney Invictus Games and led the campaign to establish the National Commission for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention. He is a former Army officer with service in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Solomon Islands.

James is a regular media contributor on foreign policy and defence issues and has authored two books on Australian defence policy. He is based in Sydney.