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Professor Peter Leahy AC

Director, National Security Institute


BA (Military Studies) UNSW
MMAS USACGS (Master of Military Arts and Science)
Fellow, Australian Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies
Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Graduate, Australian Army Command and Staff College psc
Graduate, United Kingdom Higher Command and Staff Course hcsc(j)
Graduate, United States Army Command and General Staff College, psc

Career Bio

Peter Leahy retired from the Army in July 2008 after a 37 year career as a soldier.  He concluded his career in the Army with the rank of Lieutenant General after a six appointment as the Chief of Army. Since leaving the Army Peter has joined the University of Canberra as a Professor and the foundation Director of the National Security Institute.  He provides occasional media commentary on defence and national security matters.


VC Award for Excellence in Engagement

Dean’s Award for Mentoring a Faculty Student Society

United States of America
• Meritorious Service Medal
• Inducted into the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Hall of Fame
• Legion of Merit (Commander) Awarded by the United States Marine Corps

Singapore - Meritorious Service Medal
Indonesia - Medal of Bintang Kartika Eka Pakri Utama
Malaysia - Armed Forces Order for Valour
Cambodia – Medal of the Royal Order of Sahametrei
France – Ordre National du Merite (Order of National Merit)


The Challenge of Modern Terrorism
National Security



National Security
Security Relationships with Indonesia

Industry Engagement

Member Defence South Australia Advisory Board
Director Kokoda Foundation
Chairman Red Shield Appeal Committee
Chairman Soldier On