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2017 Chief of Army History Conference

The Skill of Adaptability: The learning curve in combat


Speaker Biographies

Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), is Elizabeth Greenhalgh is a graduate of the Victoria
the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and
History and a CNN military analyst. He served a 26 arrived in Australia in 1987. She worked as research
year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his assistant in the Department, then School, of History,
service in Iraq as the executive officer to General UNSW @ ADFA and after completing her PhD edited
David Petraeus during the period of the surge the international journal War & Society between
in 2007-2008. He has authored a history of this 2005 and 2010. She then became a full-time
experience, Surge: My Journey with General David researcher, being awarded a UNSW postdoctoral
Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War, which fellowship and then an Australian Research Coucil
was a finalist for the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Fellowship (2010-2014). She has published three
Prize in Military History in 2013. books with Cambridge University Press on Franco-
British relations and on the French Army during the
Ian Beckett is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, First World War. Currently she is working on a study
he has been Chairman of the Council of the Army of France’s battles on the Western Front in 1915,
Records Society since 2000, and is also Secretary and also on a study of how the Allies won the First
to the Buckinghamshire Military Museum Trust. He World War.
is on the executive council of the Buckinghamshire
Record Society, and is on the editorial boards of Small Spencer Jones currently is a Senior Lecturer in
Wars and Insurgencies, and of two monograph Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of
series, Insurgency, Counter-insurgency and National Wolverhampton. He is also the Regimental Historian
Security (Routledge), and The History of Military for the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Dr Jones’ key
Occupation (University of Illinois Press). He has works include the award-nominated From Boer War
previously held chairs in both the UK and the US. to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army
1902 - 1914 and the edited collection Stemming
Aimee Fox-Godden is a lecturer at King’s College the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British
London. She completed her PhD at the University Expeditionary Force 1914 which was runner-up for the
of Birmingham, and during her doctorial study was 2013 Templer Medal. His most recent work, Courage
a Visiting Scholar at UNSW Canberra (ADFA). She without Glory: The British Army on the Western Front
also held scholarships with the Royal British Legion 1915 as been shortlisted for the British Army Book of
and the AWM. Dr Fox-Godden’s primary research the Year Award.
interests focus on the British Army of the First
World War, particularly in experiences in ‘side-show’ Adrian Threlfall is a lecturer at Victoria University
theatres. More broadly, she is interested in military and a member of the education team at Melbourne’s
administration, including planning and logistics, and Shrine of Remembrance. He is the author of Jungle
military innovation. She is particularly interested in Warriors: From Tobruk to Kokoda and beyond, how
how the military accommodates and responds to the Australian Army became the world’s most deadly
change, along with the frictions associated with jungle fighting force.
the movement of expertise and knowledge across
organisational and geographical boundaries.

Serving our Nation


Alexander Hill teaches at the University of Calgary. Craig Stockings is the Official Historian of Australian
His main interests are in military history and the Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor.
military and political history of Russia and the Soviet As a junior officer he served during the INTERFET
Union since 1914. His research is concerned primarily deployment to East Timor in 1999-2000, followed
with Soviet military, naval and strategic history. He by an appointment as the Aide-de-Camp to the
has written on the nature and military effectiveness of Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
the Soviet partisan movement in north-west Russia, His academic career has seen the publication of
1941-1944, and on the development of Soviet naval critically well regarded books on Army’s history.
power in the Arctic up to the first months of the Great Professor Stockings’ most recent book is Britannia’s
Patriotic War. Dr Hill is also an Assistant Editor of the Shield: Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Hutton and
Journal of Slavic Military Studies. Late Victorian Imperial Defence. His role as Official
Historian is now focusing on the INTERFET operation.
Daniel Marston is a Professor at the Australian
National University and the Principal of the Military and Richard Iron served for 37 years in the British Army,
Defence Studies Program at the Australian Command largely spent on operations in Northern Ireland, the
& Staff College in Canberra. His research focuses Falkland Islands, the Balkans and Iraq. He instructed
on the topic of transnational military culture and at the UK’s Joint Staff College and subsequently
how armies learn and adapt to new environments. led development of British Army doctrine. He also
His first book Phoenix from the Ashes, an in-depth deployed to the Coalition Land Component HQ in
assessment of how the British/Indian Army turned Kuwait in 2002-03, where he led a UK/US planning
defeat into victory in the Burma campaign of the team. COL Iron was also responsible for the British
Second World War, won the Field Marshal Templer Army’s subsequent analysis of the Iraq War. He
Medal Book Prize in 2003. The second volume, The also led development of land doctrine in NATO for
Indian Army and the End of the Raj, was Runner Up six years and was an expert military witness for the
for the Templer Medal in 2014. prosecution in the Sierra Leone War Crimes trials.

Sharon Tosi Lacey earned her Ph.D. in military Ian Hope’s operational experiences include the
history from the University of Leeds, and is also a first Gulf War in 1991, multiple tours in the Balkans,
graduate of the United States Military Academy and Africa, and Afghanistan, and domestic operations.
Long Island University. She has served as a U.S. Army He commanded the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s
officer for more than 22 years and published more Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group (Task Force Orion)
than 30 articles on military issues in magazines and in combat in Kandahar in 2006, earning the Meritorious
journals. She currently lives in Northern Virginia with Service Cross. Colonel Hope is now serving on faculty
her husband and four children. at the NATO Defense College in Rome.

Ashley Ekins is Head of the Military History Section Jeffrey Record is a well-known defence policy
at the Australian War Memorial. A graduate of the critic and teaches strategy at the Air War College in
University of Adelaide, he specialises in the history Montgomery, Alabama. He served as a pacification
of the First World War and the Vietnam War. He advisor in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam
researched and wrote two volumes of the Official War and in a variety of policy analyst positions. Dr.
History of Australian Involvement in Southeast Asian Record also has also served as Legislative Assistant
Conflicts 1948-1975 on Australian ground operations for National Security Affairs to Senators Sam Nunn
in Vietnam: On the Offensive (co-authored with the and Lloyd Bentsen, and later as a Professional Staff
late Dr Ian McNeill, published in 2003); and Fighting to Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
the Finish (published in 2012). He is the author of eight books and over a dozen
monographs, and was the Australian Army’s Keogh
Chair in 2016.