Mr Jason Begley

PhD Candidate
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Group Captain Begley joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1991. After achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Politics, he completed Navigator training and operational conversion to the P-3C Orion. Following a tour with No 10 Squadron, during which qualified as a Tactical Coordinator, he became an Electronic Warfare Mission Coordinator at 92 Wing Development Flight. Over the following six years he coordinated multiple operational trials of advanced airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems and procedures, for which he was recognised with a Conspicuous Service Medal in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
In 2006 Group Captain Begley undertook an Electronic Warfare staff position within Capability Development Group followed by a 2008 deployment to Al Udeid Air Base as the Australian Liaison Officer in Central Command’s Combined Theatre Electronic Warfare Coordination Cell for which he received the United States Meritorious Service Medal. From 2009 to 2011 Group Captain Begley was Executive Officer at 92 Wing Development Flight and in 2012 graduated Australian Command and Staff College as the recipient of the Chief of Air Force Prize.
Group Captain Begley served as Deputy Director – Surveillance, Maritime Response and Attack in Air Force Headquarters from 2013-14, during which he managed a range of Air Force’s current and future air and land-based intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and attack programs. In late 2014 Group Captain Begley was appointed Commanding Officer of Number 10 Squadron. During his tenure the AP-3C continued to meet heavy operational tasking despite the draw-down of the fleet, culminating in 10 Squadron’s 2017 support to the liberation of Marawi by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In late 2017 Group Captain Begley became the Director of Joint Effects at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, where he oversaw planning and integration of Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber effects into operations and managed the Joint Targeting process.
Group Captain Begley is currently a National Security Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge. In his spare time, he is also one of Air Force’s Williams Scholars, working towards completing a PhD through the University of New South Wales.