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Tony McCormack

Professional Development - Program Development

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Tony joined ASPI’s Professional Development staff in April 2018 after an extensive career in the Royal Australian Air Force. His areas of expertise include national security, policy, strategy, international relations, planning and leadership in crisis.  

His Air Force flying career was mainly in maritime patrol and response and spanned across Cold War operations in South-East Asia, border protection and fisheries patrols in Australia and the South Pacific and surveillance and airlift in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has commanded multiple times in Australia and overseas.  In staff positions he has led Air Force’s international engagement program, successfully managed the AP-3C Orion replacement program, and has been the interface between the Australian Defence Force and Federal, State and Territory government departments.

He has served in diplomatic posts in Wellington and Washington and assignments with the United States in Tokyo and Seoul.  He was the first non-American officer to command United Nations Command (Rear) in Japan, where he was the Australian representative on the United Nations Command Special Investigation Team into the sinking of the ROK Ship Cheonan and was extensively involved the humanitarian relief effort in response to the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  He was also the first Australian officer to be embedded in United States Forces Korea as the deputy for plans, policy, strategy and strategic communications, including over the period of the 2017 ‘pressure campaign’ against north Korea.  He has represented Australia at international forums, exercises, meetings and negotiations in North America, Asia and the Pacific.

Tony holds Graduate Diplomas in Management and Applied Science and he is an Alumna of the Australian National University National Security College, Canberra and the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu. For his work on North Asia he was awarded the United States Legion of Honor (twice) and the Republic of Korea Order of National Security ‘Cheonsu’ Medal.