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Adam Findlay

Major General (Ret'd) Professor Adam Findlay AO

Professor of Practice, Defence and Regional Security, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University; External Contributor

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Professor Adam Findlay is the Professor of Practice, Defence and Regional Security at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, Australia.

He was appointed to enhance the links between Griffith University, the Department of Defence and Defence Industry.  He has a deep understanding of security issues, terrorism and the geo-political environment of the Indo-Pacific region.

He recently retired from the Army as a Major General with 37 years of military experience and has served in major military campaigns in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2017-2020 he was the Special Operations Commander for Australia responsible for all high-readiness special operations, where he also initiated significant organisational transformation and cultural reform. From 2016 to 2017 he commanded all coalition special forces in Iraq, culminating in the liberation of Mosul in 2017.

Professor Findlay was awarded his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2014 and has studied as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. In the Queen's Birthday Honour's List of 2021 he was appointed as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia (Military Division). In 2021 he was also awarded the French Medal of Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur for his contribution to the relationship between France and Australia. In 2017 he was awarded the US Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious command of the Special Operations Joint Task Force - Iraq.