Professor Peter J. Dean PhD SFHEA has an extensive background in military and defence studies. He is the Director, Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Professor Dean was Co-Lead of the 2023 Defence Strategic Review (DSR) Secretariat where he served as senior advisor and principal author for the Independent Leads, His Excellency Professor the Hon. Stephen Smith and Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AC AFC (Retd). Previously he was the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) first Chair of Defence Studies and the inaugural director of the UWA Defence and Security Institute. Professor Dean has authored numerous books and articles on the US-Australian alliance, Australian defence policy and military operations.