Patrick F Walsh

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Professor Patrick F Walsh

BA(Qld), MSocSc(Qld), PhD

Professor Intelligence and Security Studies
off campus


Twitter                             @FPawalsh

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

Professor Walsh is currently a senior researcher at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS). He has been a CI on several research grants including the $40 government and private sector funded Cooperative Research Centre Cyber Security and ARC Discovery grant ($277, 551) Intelligence and National Security Ethics, Efficacy and Accountability with Professor Seamus Miller (CSU) and ANU.

Professor Walsh is an ERA active researcher, who has written several books, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in the multi-disciplinary area of intelligence studies; particularly intelligence organisational governance/reform, biosecurity/health security intelligence and leadership. His three key research advancements are in greenfield areas: (1) developing an effective intelligence framework including the concept of ‘intelligence governance’ as a theoretical approach to evaluate organisational capabilities. (2) Policy analysis of emerging biosecurity, bioterrorism and health security threats/risks and how to optimize intelligence agency responses. This research started pre-COVID-19 (2011) and has continued to the present. (3) Investigation of leadership capability issues in national security and law enforcement agencies across Australia and the ‘Five Eyes’ alliance partners and how leadership impacts on organizational reform

He has been widely consulted on intelligence capability and training matters in the corrections, policing and national security sectors in Australia and internationally.

Professor Walsh 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), Co-Chair of the Faculty Research Area Home Affairs, Policing and Security Science and member of the professoriate, Academic Senate.

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).


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

Academic Senate – Member of the Professoriate (2022-present)

BJBS Faculty Board – Member of the Professoriate (2022- present)

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 Education – Vice President (International) 2021-2022

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)


Research Books, monographs

Walsh, P.F., Wilson, J, & Wark, W. (Eds) (in-preparation). Health Security Intelligence: Managing Emerging Threats and Risks in a Post COVID World. Routledge, UK.

Henschke, A., Miller, S., Bradbury, R, & Walsh, P.F. (in-preparation). Just Intelligence Institutions, Ethics, Intelligence and Best Practice. Routledge, UK.

Miller, S., Regan, M., & Walsh, P. F. (Eds.) (2022). National security intelligence and ethics.  (1st ed.) (Studies in Intelligence). Routledge.

Walsh, P. F. (2021). Intelligence leadership and governance: Building effective intelligence in the 21st century.

Walsh, P. F. (2018). Intelligence, biosecurity and bioterrorism. Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapters in research books

Walsh, P. F. (2022). Securing the Bioeconomy: Exploring the Role of Cyberbiosecurity. In M. Gill (Ed.), Handbook of Security (3 ed., pp. 335-355). Palgrave Macmillan.

Walsh, P.F. (Accepted/In press). Australia’s National Intelligence Community: Challenges and Opportunities in a Multi-Polar World. In T. Juneau, J. Massie & M. Munier (Eds.), Intelligence Cooperation under Multipolarity: Non-American Perspectives. University of Toronto Press.

Walsh, P.F. (2022). Intelligence Leadership. In R. Dover, H. Dylan & M. Goodman (Eds.), A Research Agenda for Intelligence Studies and Government (pp. 63-75). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Walsh, P. F. (2022). Evolving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism: Intelligence community response and ethical challenges. In S. Miller, M. Regan, & P. Walsh (Eds.), National Security Intelligence and Ethics (1 ed., pp. 261-279). (Studies in Intelligence). Routledge.

Walsh, P.F. (2021). Improving ‘Five Eyes’ Health Security Intelligence Capabilities: leadership and governance issues (1 ed., pp. 586-602). In Goodman, M. S., Wilson, J. M., & Lentzos, F. (Eds.). (2021). Health Security Intelligence. Routledge.

Walsh, P. F. (2017). Securing state secrets. In R. Dover, H. Dylan, & M. S. Goodman (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of security, risk and intelligence (pp. 177-193). Palgrave Macmillan.

Walsh, P. (2016). Australian national security intelligence collection since 9/11: Policy and legislative challenges. In D. Palmer, R. K. Lippert, K. Walby, & I. Warren (Eds.), National security, surveillance, and terror: Canada and Australia in comparative perspective (1st ed., pp. 51-74). (Crime Prevention and Security Management). Palgrave Macmillan.

Miller, S., & Walsh, P. (2016). The NSA leaks, Edward Snowden, and the ethics and accountability of intelligence collection. In J. Galliott, & W. Reed (Eds.), Ethics and the future of spying: Technology, national security and intelligence collection (pp. 193-204). (Studies in intelligence). Routledge.

Walsh, P. F. (2014). Managing intelligence and responding to emerging threats: The case of biosecurity. In M. Gill (Ed.), The handbook of security (2nd ed., pp. 837-856). Palgrave Macmillan.

Walsh, P. (2013). Investigative Intelligence. In H. Prunckun (Ed.), Intelligence and Private Investigation: developing sophisticated methods for conducting inquiries (2 ed., pp. 19-32). Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd.

Walsh, P. (2011). Intelligence and national security issues in policing. In P. Birch, & V. Herrington (Eds.), Policing in practice (pp. 109-127). Palgrave Macmillan.

Walsh, P.F. (2007). Managing Intelligence: Innovation and Implications. In M. Mitchell, & J. Casey (Eds.), Police Leadership and Management (1 ed., pp. 61-75). Federation Press.

Walsh, P. (2009). Project Management. In J. H. Ratcliffe (Ed.), Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence (2nd / 12 ed., pp. 204-221). Federation Press.

Walsh, P. (2004). Project Management. In J. Ratcliffe (Ed.), Strategic Thinking In Criminal Intelligence (2nd ed. pp. 163-176). Federation Press.

Articles (Refereed)

Walsh, P.F. (2022). Australian Intelligence Oversight and Accountability: Efficacy and Contemporary Challenges. Intelligence and National Security, 37(7), 968-984.

Walsh, P. F., & Harrison MBE, M. (2021). Strategic intelligence practice in the Australian intelligence community: Evolution, constraints and progress. Intelligence and National Security, 36(5), 660-675.

Smith, M., & Walsh, P. F. (2021). Improving health security and intelligence capabilities to mitigate biological threats. The International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs, 23(2), 139-155.

Al-Saggaf, Y., & Walsh, P. F. (2021). Islamists vs. far-right extremists: Insights derived from data mining. International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, 11(4), 74-92. [5].

Walsh, P. F. (2020). Improving 'Five Eyes' health security intelligence capabilities: Leadership and governance challenges. Intelligence and National Security, 35(4), 586-602.

Harrison, M., Walsh, P. F., Lysons-Smith, S., Truong, D., Horan, C., & Jabbour, R. (2020). Tradecraft to standards — moving criminal intelligence practice to a profession through the development of a criminal intelligence training and development continuum. Policing (Oxford): a journal of policy and practice, 14(2), 312-324.

Walsh, P. F. (2020). Transforming the Australian intelligence community: Mapping change, impact and challenges. Intelligence and National Security, 36(2), 243-259.

Walsh, P. F. (2017). Making future leaders in the US Intelligence community: Challenges and opportunities. Intelligence and National Security, 32(4), 441-459.

Walsh, P. (2017). Teaching Intelligence in the twenty first century: Towards an evidence-based approach for curriculum design. Intelligence and National Security, 32(7), 1005-1021.

Johnson, L. K., Dorn, A. W., Webb, S., Kreps, S., Krieger, W., Schwarz, E., Shapiro, S., Walsh, P. F., & Wirtz, J. J. (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). Improving strategic intelligence analytical practice through qualitative social research. Intelligence and National Security, 32(5), 548-562.

Walsh, P., & Miller, S. (2016). Rethinking 'Five Eyes' security intelligence collection policies and practice post Snowden. Intelligence and National Security, 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. (2015). Building better intelligence frameworks through effective governance. International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 28(1), 123-142.

Walsh, P. (2015). Improving intelligence and early warning on biosecurity threats. Journal of Intelligence and Analysis, 22(2), 82-102.

Walsh, P. F. (2013). Intelligence and intelligence analysis: Exploring the state of intelligence since 9/11. Charles Sturt University.

Walsh, P. (2011). The future of intelligence: fusion or fragmentation. Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, 19(1), 59-90.

Walsh, P. (2007). Knowledge from evaluating intelligence. Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, 15(3), 31-48.

Full conference papers - Refereed

Walsh, P.F. & Ramsay, J. (2022) Reimaging Health Security Intelligence Capabilities Post COVID-19: What Now for the Five Eyes? Given at Intelligence International 2022 Conference, Melbourne (23rd-26th October).

Walsh, P.F. (2020) Australian Intelligence Oversight and Accountability: Efficacy and Contemporary Challenges Paper for ISA 61st Annual Convention (March 25th-28th) Honolulu, Hawaii 2020

Walsh, P.F. & Harrison, M (2020) Strategic Intelligence Practice in the Australian Intelligence Community: Start, Stop and Go. In Paper presented at the ISA, 60th Annual Convention, Toronto (27th March 2019) (pp. 1-30). International Studies Association.

Walsh, P. F. (2019). Improving Health Security Intelligence Capabilities of Five Eyes Countries: Political Leadership and Intelligence Governance Challenges. In Paper presented at the ISA, 60th Annual Convention, Toronto (27th March 2019) (pp. 1-30). International Studies Association.

Walsh, P. F. (2019). Transforming the Australian Intelligence Community: Mapping Change, Impact and Governance Challenges. In Paper Presented at the ISA, 60th Annual Convention, Toronto (27th March 2019) (pp. 1-33). International Studies Association.

Walsh, P. (2015). Managing Emerging Health Security Threats Since 9/11: The Role of Intelligence. In ISA's 56th Annual Convention (pp. 1-25). International Studies Association.

Walsh, P., & Miller, S. (2015). Rethinking Security Intelligence Collection Policies and Practice Post 9/11/Post Snowden. In ISA's 56th Annual Convention (pp. 1-24). International Studies Association.

Walsh, P. (2014). Applying Qualitative Social Research Designs and Methodologies to Improve the Rigour of Strategic Intelligence Analytical Practice. In ISA 55th Annual Convention (pp. 1-21). International Studies Association.

Reports - commissioned by international, government, commercial and other agencies

Walsh, P.F. et al., (2021). Mapping the Bio-Cyber Security Environment, Threats, Risks and Vulnerabilities at the Intersection of Health Service, Biotechnology and Cyber (Policy Paper), in collaboration with the German Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Charles Sturt University, Queens University, SAP and Microsoft.

Walsh, P. F. (2016). Submission to 2017 Independent Intelligence Review. Charles Sturt University.

Walsh, P. (2013). Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement: Inquiry into the Gathering and Use of Criminal Intelligence. Commonwealth of Australia.

Other publications - letters, editorials and websites

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 (2021). Rethinking Bioterrorism Post COVID-19 Global Network on Extremism and Technology (30th October).

Walsh, P.F. (2020). COVID-19: A Health Security Crisis. Social Science Matters Palgrave Macmillan Blog

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).

Recent national and international contributions to press/media

Professor Walsh is regularly invited to provide expertise to national and international media. This has included but is not limited to: ABC (TV and Radio), SBS (TV), Channel 7 (TV), CBC (TV), BBC (Online), New York Times, VICE (magazine), Indus News (TV Pakistan), The Financial Review and The Guardian. See Charles Sturt CRO database for full listing of media engagements by Professor Walsh.

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