James Goldrick AO, CSC joined the Royal Australian Navy as a 15 year old Cadet-Midshipman in 1974 and retired in 2012 as a two star Rear Admiral. 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), and a Doctor of Letters honoris causa of UNSW. He saw extensive sea service with the RAN, RN and USN. 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 a Visiting Fellow of the Sea Power Centre-Australia, a Non-Resident Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, an Adjunct Professor of UNSW at ADFA and a Professorial Fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong.