Military Operations Analysis Team

Dr Bob Hall

After a career in the Australian Regular Army, in 1991 I joined the staff of the UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy as the Executive Director of the Australian Defence Studies Centre. From 2006 to 2010 I was a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences where I completed an ARC funded research project examining the combat effectiveness of Australian forces in the Vietnam War. Since 2010 I have been an adjunct lecturer where I work on the analysis of combat operations, building the 'Australia's Vietnam War' website and on Operation Wandering Souls. The latter is a project aimed at assisting Vietnam with discovering the burial sites of Vietnamese soldiers killed in action by Australian and New Zealand forces during the Vietnam War. It also aims to return documents and artefacts of a personal nature that were recovered from the battlefield by Austrlaian and New Zealand soldiers.


Mr Derrill de Heer

Derrill de Heer served in the Citizens Military Forces (CMF) (2 Commando Company) and Australian regular army from 1961 to 1983. He served in Malaya and two tours in South Vietnam. First tour with 8 Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment and as an original member of 1st Australian Psychological Operations Unit. Second tour in 4 Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment / New Zealand (ANZAC). He trained and instructed in Special Operations at 1 Commando Company and the Royal Australian Navy Mine Warefare and Clearance Divers School at HMAS Penguin.

On leaving the military in 1983 he attended the University of Canberra where he gained a Bachelor of Arts in Administration, a Diploma in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education.

Mr de Heer has worked in Teaching, Training, Human Resource Management, Quality Assurance, Business Development, Security, Facility Management, Financial Planning and the Australian Taxation Office GST Implementation. He also conducted his own business in private investigations, commercial agent and security consulting.