Alan Ryan "is Principal of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College. Previously, he was the Senior Adviser to the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. Robert Hill. In that role he was responsible for advising the Minister on intelligence, operations, strategic and international issues. He has worked as a consultant with Noetic Solutions, providing consultancy services on strategy, security and crisis management to clients that included Australian government departments, the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in the United Nations.
"From 1999 to 2003 he was the Senior Research Fellow in the Army’s principal conceptual research institution, the Land Warfare Studies Centre. Prior to that Dr Ryan was a senior lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia, where he was also Assistant Dean in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the College of Law. He was director of the university’s Politics and Law programme. He previously worked as a contract manager in intellectual property commercialisation for The University of Melbourne and the University of New England.
"Dr Ryan has a Ph.D from the Centre for International Studies at Cambridge University and a BA (Hons.)/LL.B from the University of Melbourne. He served with the Australian Army Reserve between 1981 and 1994 and on attachment with the British Territorial Army from 1987 to 1991.
"He has an extensive record of publication on history, defence and strategic issues. He is an adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Management at Latrobe University." 
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- Dr Alan Ryan, Australian Defence College, accessed September 18, 2007.