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Greg de Somer

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Lieutenant Colonel Greg de Somer graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea, in 1984 and was commissioned into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. His subsequent military career has involved a wide range of regimental, staff and instructional appointments, and extensive experience (three postings) in special forces. His most recent regimental posting was Officer Commanding 3 SAS Squadron, The Special Air Service Regiment in 1993-94. In 1996-97 he was a tactics instructor and team leader at Tactics Wing at the Land Warfare Centre, Canungra. In 1998 he was the Chief of Army Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Australia Institute, University of New South Wales. Lieutenant Colonel de Somer is currently posted to the Army's 'think tank', the Land Warfare Studies Centre, as a Senior Research Fellow. His overseas service includes a posting in 1991-92 to the United Kingdom at the Directorate of Special Forces and SAS Group. Lieutenant Colonel de Somer holds a Bachelor of Economics (1980) and a Bachelor of Laws (1982), both from the University of Sydney; a Practical Legal Training Certificate from the New South Wales College of Law (1983); a Graduate Diploma of Defence IV Studies (1995); and a Masters of Defence Studies (1997) from Deakin University. He is also a 1995 graduate of the Army's Command and Staff College. He was admitted as a solicitor by the New South Wales Legal Practitioners Board in 1998. Lieutenant Colonel de Somer is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the School of Politics, Australian Defence Force Academy, where he is writing a thesis entitled 'The Redefinition of Asia'.

His Masters sub-thesis, 'China's Approach to Nuclear Arms Control in the Post-Cold War Era', attracted significant professional and academic interest. Lieutenant Colonel de Somer has been a regular contributor to the Australian Defence Force Journal.

(Last updated: October 1999)

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