John is a Lecturer of Intelligence Studies at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security. He is also a Fellow with the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA) and a member of the Safeguarding Australia Organising Committee.
John was previously the Director of Security Studies at the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT) at Macquarie University and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the National Security College, ANU.
John has worked as a Research Associate for the Crawford School of Public Policy and the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He has also taught at the, the Australian Defence Force Academy, the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU and the University of Canberra.
John has been a security analyst and consultant for public, private, and not-for-profit organisations and works with practitioners from Australian and international organisations on applied research issues. His research on national security, intelligence and military targeting has involved broad consultation with government and industry and has been published in leading international journals.
Articles and Book Chapters
"China, the United States, and the Future of Regional Security Order – An Unhappy Coexistence" Asian Security, 12(1), 2016
"Panjwai: a tale of two COINS in Afghanistan" Small Wars and Insurgencies 27(1), 2016: pp. 106-131
"Targeting thresholds: the impact of intelligence capability on ethical requirements for High-Value Targeting operations" in Galliot, Jai and Reed, Warren (eds) Ethics and the Future Spying: Technology, Intelligence Collection and National Security, London: Routledge, 2015
"The value of High-Value Targeting: a conceptual model for using HVT against a networked enemy" Defence Studies, 12(3) 2012: pp.413-433
"Legitimacy in the use of force: opinio or Juris?" Proceedings of the Sixth Oceanic Conference on International Studies, 9-11 July 2014, University of Melbourne
"Rethinking the drone debate" Proceedings of the Sixth Oceanic Conference on International Studies, 9-11 July 2014, University of Melbourne
"The return of revisionism" Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 30 September to 3 October 2014, Sydney University
"Statements of intent: the politicisation of Australia's strategic edge in the era of defence self-reliance" Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 30 September to 3 October 2013, Murdoch University.
"Ending ambivalence: Australian perspectives on stability in Asia" Proceedings of the Asia Studies Association of Australia 18th Biennial Conference, 5-7 July 2010, the University of Adelaide. (Published 2011)
"Becoming the enemy? International conflict between states and non-state actors" Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 28 September 2015
"Security Studies: An Emerging Discipline"
TEDx North Sydney, 11 September 2015
"Apex Predators: Human Decision-Making in Remote Warfare"
Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 1 October 2014
"Video for Assessment and Engagement in Blended Delivery Courses"
Showcase of Innovative Use of Technologies in Education, 19 September 2014
Australian National University (CAP Digital Learning Project)
Industrial Counterterrorism: Targeting Asymmetric Enemies
University of Maryland, START Study Abroad Program 13 January 2014