James Goldrick AO, CSC is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He joined the Royal Australian Navy as a 15 year old Cadet-Midshipman in 1974 and retired in 2012. He is a graduate of the RAN College, the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, the University of NSW (BA) and the University of New England (Master of Letters). He commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice), the RAN task group and the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf (2002) and the Australian Defence Force Academy (2003-2006). As a Rear Admiral, he led Australia’s Border Protection Command (2006-2008) and then commanded the Australian Defence College (2008-2011). August 2011 to March 2012 saw him acting in command of ADFA again.He is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Sea Power Centre-Australia, a Visiting Fellow of the Lowy Institute and a Professorial Fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong. He was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford in the first half of 2015.
James Goldrick has contributed to many international journals and books on both historical and contemporary naval subjects. His research interests include naval and maritime strategic issues and the development of naval capabilities in the Indo-Pacific, as well as world navies in the twentieth and twenty first centuries, with a focus on their response to changing technologies and operational challenges.