Senior Adviser, Course Development and Delivery
Chris White joined the National Security College in January 2015 as the Manager Course Development and Delivery on secondment from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Chris has 26 years’ experience in regional, national and international roles in military, operational and diplomatic capacities. He commenced his career as an officer in the Australian Regular Army, Australian Intelligence Corps following training at the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College, Duntroon from 1987.
While on regimental training with 2nd Signals Regiment Chris went on his first operational posting deployed with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Cambodia as part of the Australian Contingent, Force Communications Unit in 1992. He has had subsequent postings to the 1st Division Intelligence Unit, ADF School of Languages, North West Mobile Force, Strategic Command, a secondment to DFAT, and the former Australian Signals Directorate.
In 1999–2002, Chris travelled to Hong Kong where he worked as the Regional Operations and Security Executive for Jardine Securicor, prior to commencing employment with DFAT. His postings included representational positions in Bangkok and Iraq. During his career Chris has developed and delivered national security training to agencies in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, PNG, Solomon Islands and East Timor.
In February 2012, Chris took on the role as Director, Security Analysis within the Office of Transport Security. This role focused on threat and risks as they related to transport security across all transport sectors. He also represented the Department in various ANZCTC forums, as well as internationally in the ICAO Working Group on Threat and Risk.
His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (UNSW), Bachelor of Management in Defence Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies. Chris is a qualified Thai and Chinese linguist, although admits his Mandarin is on the rusty side.