Professor Stewart Woodman joined the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2000, served as the Foundation Director of the Graduate Studies Institute, and was appointed an Emerituis Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011. He has extensive professional and academic experience in Australian defence and broader strategic policy, serving as a senior policy officer in Strategic Policy and Planning in the Department of Defence throughout the 1980s. His duties included developing strategic planning concepts, applying strategic principles to major capabilities proposals and operational planning, and identifying the implications of strategic changes in the Asia Pacific for Australia’s security. He was one of the principal drafters of the 1989 strategic review, Australia’s Strategic Planning in the 1990s.
In December 1990 he was appointed as Fellow (Australian Defence) at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), the Australian National University and subsequently Director of Graduate Studies responsible for SDCS’s postgraduate coursework programs. He ran courses on Australian Security Planning, Defence Planning and Decision Making in the 1990s and Southeast Asian and South Pacific Security, conducted a joint Masters program with the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute, and contributed extensively to the graduate teaching at the Australian Defence College, Weston Creek.
In recent years, Professor Woodman has assisted several regional countries in the development of major strategic policy documents. He worked closely with planning teams in Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei and Cambodia, conducting strategic planning workshops and assisting in preparing their first Defence White Papers and has assisted New Zealand, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands in undertaking major strategic reviews. At UNSW@ADFA, Professor Woodman has taught on Australian defence policy, developing strategic policy in the 21st century, and strategic studies.
His primary research interests are Australia’s strategic and defence policies, and the challenges facing strategic policy development and defence planning challenges in the 21st century. He has published widely in these areas.