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Associate Professor Patrick F Walsh

BA(Qld), MSocSc(Qld), PhD

Associate Professor Intelligence and Security Studies
off campus


Twitter                             @FPawalsh

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Dr. Walsh is Associate Professor, Intelligence and Security Studies. He is a former intelligence analyst with experience working in national security and law enforcement agencies in Australia.

Prof Walsh is currently a senior researcher at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS). He is co-theme leader (emerging threats) for the $140 million government and private sector funded Cooperative Research Centre Cyber Security. He is also Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery grant ($277, 551) Intelligence and National Security Ethics, Efficacy and Accountability with Professor Seamus Miller (CSU) and ANU.

Prof Walsh has 30 books, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on intelligence reform/capability, leadership, bio-terrorism, strategic intelligence and intelligence education issues.  He has been widely consulted on intelligence capability and training matters in the corrections, policing and national security sectors in Australia and internationally.

He is on the editorial board of the premier international peer-reviewed Intelligence and National Security Journal and Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester (UK).

He has taught widely in Australia and internationally and held leadership roles within Charles Sturt University, including Acting Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts in 2016 and currently co-leader of the Faculty Research Area Public Safety and Security.

Research grants received

P. Walsh (co-theme leader emerging threats) CRC Cyber Security ($140 million).  This is a multi-university research centre that includes CSU.

S. Miller, P. Walsh (Chief Investigator) and ANU. ARC Discovery Grant ($277, 551) Intelligence and National Security Ethics, Efficacy and Accountability.

P. Walsh (2014) (Chief Investigator–CSU Faculty Large Compact Grant), Understanding the Role of Intelligence in Post 9/11 Biosecurity Threats: Looking Across the Five Eyes ($25,972.40).

V. Herrington and P. Walsh(2006) (Associate Investigator-CSU Small Grant), Where the Bloody Hell Are We? The National Intelligence Analysis Survey-Charting Developments and Directions in Intelligence Analysis in Australia ($7000).


Associate Professor Walsh has been widely consulted by federal and state agencies on strategic intelligence, intelligence reform and capability issues.  In most cases, details of these consultancies are sensitive and further details cannot be supplied here.  Further details can be supplied upon request.

Editorial responsibilities

Intelligence and National Security Journal  -  Editorial Board Member (2016 to present)

AIPIO Journal  -  Era id no 40340  -  Peer-reviewed  -  Managing Editor  -  (2007-2012)

Honours and Awards

Honorary Visiting Fellow Department of History, Politics, and International Relations

University of Leicester (UK) 2018 to present

National Crime Authority Chairman’s Commendation Certificate

September 2002

High commendation awarded by head of NCA (the Chairman) for key role in developing the NCA’s framework for intelligence collection requirements and helping to manage their adaptation and use in the newly established Australian Crime Commission.

The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) Certificate of Merit

July 2012

Awarded by the Institute for distinguished contribution to the intelligence profession.

Committees and Associations

Academic committees

BJBS Faculty Research Committee  -  Member (2016- present)

CSU Research Advisory Committee  -  Member (2015 to July 2016)

Faculty of Arts Board Committee  -  Member (2007-2013)

Faculty of Arts Research and Graduate Studies Committee  -  Member (2007-2016)

AGSPS Research Development Committee  -  Chair (2010-2017)

AGSPS School Board  -  Member (2012-present)

Faculty of Education Ethics Committee  -  Member (2013-2015)

Faculty of Arts Ethics Committee  -  Member (2015 to 2016)

Professional committees

The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO): Vice President (Admin) (2007-2010) - Board Member (2007-2012)

The International Association for Intelligence Educators (IAFFIE): USA - General Member (2010-present)

The International Studies Association:  USA  -  General Member (2007-present)

Association of Former Intelligence Officer:  USA  -  Member (2013-present)



Walsh, P.F.  (2018) Intelligence, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism.
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Walsh, P. F. (2011). Intelligence and intelligence analysis.
Abingdon: Routledge.

Book chapters

Walsh, P.F. (2017). Securing State Secrets. In R. Dover, H. Dylan and M. Goodman (Eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Intelligence and Security (177-193). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Walsh, P.F (2016). Security Intelligence Collection Since 9/11: Policy and Legislative Challenges. In R. Lippert, K. Walby and D. Palmer (Eds.), National Security, Surveillance, and Emergencies: Canada and Australia Compared (51-74). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Miller, S & Walsh, P.F. (2016). The NSA Leaks, Edward Snowden and the Ethics and Accountability of Intelligence Collection.  In J. Gaillot (Ed.), Ethics and the Future of Spying: Technology, Intelligence Collection and National Security (193-204).Abingdon: Routledge.

Walsh, P.F. (2014). Managing Intelligence and Responding to Emerging Threats: The Case of Biosecurity. In M. Gill (Ed.), Handbook of Security (pp. 837-856). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Walsh, P. F. (2013). Investigative Intelligence. In H. Prunckun (Ed.), Intelligence and Private investigation: Developing Sophisticated Methods for Conducting Inquiries(pp. 19-32). Springfield IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Walsh, P.F. (2011). Intelligence and National Security Issues in Policing. In P. Birch & V. Herrington (Eds.) Policing in Practice. Sydney: Palgrave Macmillan.

Walsh, P.F. (2009). Project Management. In J. Ratcliffe (Ed.) Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence. (pp. 204-222).  Sydney: Federation Press.

Walsh, P. F. (2007). Managing Intelligence: Innovation & Implications for Police Management. (pp. 61-74). In M. Mitchell & J. Casey (Eds), Police Leadership and Management. Sydney: Federation Press.

Walsh, P. F. (2004).  Project Management. In J. Ratcliffe (Ed.), Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence. (pp. 163-177) Sydney: Federation Press.

Refereed journals

Harrison, M,(2018 in press). Walsh, P.F, Lysons-Smith, S, Truong, D, Horan, C., and Jabbour, R. Tradecraft to Standards – Moving Criminal Intelligence Practice to a Profession Through the Development of a Criminal Intelligence Training and Development Continuum (CITDC). Policing.

Walsh, P.F. (2017). Teaching intelligence in the Twenty-First Century: Towards an Evidence Based Approach for Curriculum Design. Intelligence and National Security Journal, 32(7), 1005-1021.

Walsh, P.F. (2017). Improving Strategic Intelligence Analytical Practice Through Qualitative Social Research. Intelligence and National Security Journal, 32(5), 548-562.

Johnson, L, Dorn, Walter, Webb, Steward, Kreps, Sarah, Krieger, Schwartz, Elke, Shapiro, Sclomo, Walsh, P.F., and Wirtz James. (2017). An INS Special Forum:Intelligence and Drones/Eyes in the Sky for peacekeeping: the emergence of UAVs in UN Operations/The democratic deficit on drones/The German Approach to Drone Warfare/Pursuing peace the strategic limits of drone warfare/Seeing but unseen: intelligence drones in Israel/Drone paramilitary operations against suspected global terrorists: US and Australian  perspectives/The “Terminator Conundrum’ and the future of drone warfare.  Intelligence and National Security, 32(4), 411-440.

Walsh, P.F. (2017). Making Future Leaders in the US Intelligence Community: Challenges and Opportunities. Intelligence and National Security Journal, 32(4),441-459.

Walsh, P.F. (2016).  Rethinking ‘Five Eyes’ Security Intelligence Collection Policies and Practice Post Snowden, Intelligence and National Security Journal, 31(3), 345-368.

Walsh, P.F. (2016). Managing Emerging Health Security Threats since 9/11: The Role of Intelligence. International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 29(2), 341-367.

Walsh, P.F (2015).  Building better intelligence through effective governance.  International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence , 28(1), 123-142.

Walsh, P.F (2015). Improving Early Warning on Biosecurity Threats, Journal of Intelligence Analysis, 22(2), 82-102.

Walsh, P.F. (2011).  The future of intelligence: Fusion or fragmentation? AIPIO Journal, 19 (1), 59-90.

Walsh, P.F. (2007). Knowledge from evaluating intelligence. AIPIO Journal, 15 (3), 31-49.

Walsh, P. F. & Ratcliffe, J. (2005). Strategic intelligence education, International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) Journal, 16, 152-166.

Other publications

Parliamentary submissions

Walsh, P.F. (2016). Submission to 2017 Independent Intelligence Review, by Department of Prime Minister of Cabinet, Canberra

Walsh, P. F. (2012).  Submission and testimony to Inquiry into the use of criminal intelligence, by Joint Parliamentary on Law Enforcement, Australian Parliament, Canberra. Retrieved from

Non-English publications

Walsh, P.F. (2016). La famiglia non si tocca: l’Australia e i Five Eyes [An unbreakable family bond: Australia and the Five Eyes intelligence alliance]. (Vol. 6., pp. 125-133). Limes Rivista Italiana Di Geopolitica



Walsh, P.F. (2011). ABC Regional Radio, radio interview on ten year commemoration of the 9/11 attacks, September.

Walsh, P.F. (2013a). Television interview with Joe O'Brien on NSA Edward Snowden leak. ABC 24hrs News. (11 June).

Walsh, P.F. (2013b). Television interview with Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise Program (Snowden: whistleblower or traitor?). (15 June).

Walsh, P.F. (2013c). Television interview with Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise Program (Secret world of spies). (7 July).

Walsh, P.F (2014a). Television interview with Fran Kelly (ABC RN Breakfast) Foreign Fighter’s Bill. (24 October).

Walsh, P.F. (2014b). Radio interview with Patrick Condren (4BC News Talk) Foreign Fighter’s Bill.  (28 October).

Walsh, P.F. (2015). Radio interview with Anne Delaney (ABC Riverina Breakfast). Data Retention Bill. (5 March).

Walsh, P. F. (2016). Television interview with Omar Dabbagh (SBS News). Radical Sheikh Targets Australia in Online Videos. (21 January).

Walsh, P.F. (2016). Radio interview with Anne Delaney (ABC Riverina Breakfast). Biosecurity Threats. (2 February).

Walsh, P.F (2016). Radio interview with Amy Whittaker (NRN Bathurst). Developing Intelligence Leaders for the Future. (8 March).

Walsh, P.F (2017). Radio interview with Anne Delaney (ABC Riverina Breakfast). The Public’s Right to Know. (25 May).


Walsh, P.F. (2013). The Edward Snowden impact on intelligence. Open Forum Blog (22nd June).

Walsh, P.F. (2013). Spying on friends. Open Forum Blog (7th December).

Walsh, P.F. (2014). NSA Reforms: Obama leaves door open for further action. Open Forum Blog (24th January).

Walsh, P.F. (2014). Australia’s National Security Legislation: Where Are We Going? (19 August).

Walsh, P.F. (2015). Terror in Paris: the Security and Intelligence Response Over the Next Few Days. Open Forum Blog (15th November).

Walsh, P.F. (2016). The Chilcot Inquiry Report Shows How Intelligence and Policy Maker Failure is Linked. Open Forum Blog (8 July).

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