Chris Barrie retired in 2002 after 42 years in the RAN, ending in four years of service as the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF). Since then, he has worked on strategic leadership issues as consultant, teacher and mentor at Oxford University, the National Defense University in Washington DC and at the Australian National University. In 2015 he was an author of a report “Climate Change, Security and the ADF”. Chris is the Australian chair of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change.
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Chris Barrie’s climate & security insights
As ex-Service members and experienced practitioners of national and international security, we recognise that climate change is a fundamental threat to all Australians.
Admiral Chris Barrie AC (RETD)
Former Chief of the Defence Force
The first duty of Government must be the safety and security of its citizens. Today, the Government is failing to address the growing impacts of climate change and therefore failing to protect its own people.
Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn AO (RETD)
Former Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force
With some of our closest allies already acting on climate security risks, Australia is being left behind. We call on the Australian Government to urgently undertake a comprehensive Whole-of-Nation Climate and Security Risk Assessment.
Former Director of Preparedness and Mobilisation, Australian Department of Defence
This critical review is a key step to fill the major strategic gap that currently exists in Australia. It is only through understanding the risks posed by climate change that we can then mitigate these clear and present dangers.
Major Michael Thomas (RETD)
Former Major in the Australian Army
It is only through fully understanding the degree of risks posed by climate change that we can form sound solutions to match the speed and scale of the crisis.