Colonel Richard Barrett is currently the Director of Global Operations in Headquarters Joint Operations Command. His previous appointment was Director of Diggerworks—an innovation centre focused on improving the capability of the ADF’s land combatants. He has performed numerous command appointments, most recently as the Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. His most recent operational experience in 2015 was as the Chief of Future Operations for Operation Inherent Resolve, which had command authority for all operations in Iraq and Syria countering the Islamic State. He is a PhD candidate with Deakin University and has Masters degrees in International Affairs and Strategy and Planning from the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales.