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A passion to protect

Georgia Leach

Georgia Leach

For Georgia Leach, a graduate of the Master of National Security Policy, protecting the security of companies, governments and nations is a serious game.

National security was a natural choice for Georgia – a game theory specialist, speaker of four languages and daughter of a former diplomat. The globe-trotting graduate moved from the West Australian coast to study in the capital city, where the nation’s security policies are debated and formulated.
"I came to study in Canberra to be close to the federal public service and because the ANU is widely considered the best university in Australia, with some of the best lecturers in this field,” Georgia said.

"It's been particularly fascinating to study subjects such as malicious networks while watching real life examples such as Islamic State emerge. We were also privileged to have a lot of senior field experts as guest lecturers. Unlike most other social science courses, national security is practical and pragmatic. It looks at current examples of how security threats and challenges affect communities, countries, regions and the world at large."

Georgia added that the program, delivered by the National Security College at Crawford School, caters to all types of students, including those who work full time. The seminars run in the late afternoons, learning is very much self-driven and many of the courses are offered on a blended basis.

Now living in Sydney to be closer to family, Georgia’s academic journey is far from over. She is tutoring 150 undergraduates in security studies at Macquarie University and has her sights on starting a PhD next year.

"My degree has played an instrumental part not only in my working life, but also in how I now approach problem solving in everyday life,” Georgia said.

"Undergoing my Master’s at the National Security College made me realise just how much I love this field. I am hoping to start a doctorate in intelligence and strategy next year on ‘identifying and predicting irreconcilable spoilers’.

And what is that, exactly? “It’s a way of finding people whom we can work with and people who will spoil things.”

Yet another way to help us all feel a little bit more secure.

Are you interested in studying for a Master of National Security policy? Find out more about it here or visit us at the Post Graduate studies .


Updated:  31 August 2015/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College