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Alumni seminar

Department of Defence 2016 White Paper

Speaker: Mr Peter Baxter, Deputy Secretary, Strategic Policy and Intelligence , Department of Defence
Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Time: 7:30-9am (breakfast served)
Venue: NSC Boardroom, Level 3, Crawford Building #132, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

Peter BaxterThis seminar was a unique opportunity to meet and discuss the new Defence White Paper with one of the principal architects of this strategic level document.

Mr Peter Baxter discussed the outcomes of the White Paper, covering issues such as the objectives for the Australian Defence Force to meet the challenges and threats to Australia’s security and strategic interests; and the priorities for capability investment and industry’s contribution to national security.

Peter Baxter was appointed Deputy Secretary in the Department of Defence in December 2013. Prior to moving to Defence, he was the Director General of Australia's Agency for International Development (AusAID) from May 2009 until September 2013.

Mr Baxter joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 1988. He served at overseas postings in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vietnam, and was posted as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington DC, USA, from 2002 to 2005. Mr Baxter was appointed Special Envoy to the Solomon Islands in 2000. He has also held a number of senior roles in DFAT in Canberra, including responsibility for Consular, Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs, Consular and Passports (2000), Corporate Management (2000–01), Market Development (2001–02) and North Asia (2003–07). Mr Baxter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Australian National University.

Note: This seminar was only open to alumni of the National Security College’s Executive and Professional Development courses at APS levels EL2 and SES. Please contact us at to express your interest in attending.

The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and ANU.

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