RADM James Goldrick, AO, CSC

James GoldrickJames 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 New South Wales (UNSW) (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 was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for his contribution to naval strategy and planning in 2001. He commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice), the RAN task group and the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf (2002) (for which he was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia – AM) and the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) (2003-2006). As a Rear Admiral, he led Australia’s Border Protection Command (2006-2008), the inter-agency authority responsible for protecting Australia’s vast maritime domain against civil security threats, and then commanded the Australian Defence College (2008-2011), with responsibility for Joint education and training in the Australian Defence Force. August 2011 to March 2012 saw him acting in command of ADFA again. In 2013, shortly after retirement from full time service, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

He is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Sea Power Centre-Australia and of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, an Adjunct Professor of the University of NSW, Canberra at ADFA, an Adjunct Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of The Australian National University and a Professorial Fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong. He is an Overseas Corresponding Member of the Society for Nautical Research and a Councillor of the Navy Records Society. In 2014 he was named to the Minister of Defence’s ‘Expert Panel’ to support the development of Australia’s 2015 Defence White Paper. In the first half of 2015, he was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College in the University of Oxford.

James Goldrick has contributed to many international journals and books on both historical and contemporary naval subjects. His research interests include the first world war at sea, contemporary naval and maritime strategic issues and the development of naval capabilities in the Indo-Pacific, as well as navies in the twentieth and twenty first centuries, with a focus on their response to changing technologies and operational challenges in an increasingly complex world. He lectures to a number of postgraduate strategic studies and security programs and contributes to the contemporary strategic debate in Australia through a number of institutional social media sites, as well as journals and other publications.

His own books include: The King’s Ships Were at Sea: The War in the North Sea August 1914-February 1915, No Easy Answers: The Development of the Navies of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and, with Jack McCaffrie, Navies of South-East Asia: A Comparative Study, which was published by Routledge in September 2012. He co-edited Reflections on the Royal Australian Navy and Mahan Is Not Enough. He has contributed, amongst many other works, to The Great Admirals, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy, The First Sea Lords, The Royal Australian Navy, Naval Blockades and Seapower, Naval Coalition Warfare, Naval Power in the Twentieth Century and Australia’s Defence: Towards a New Era?

His new edition of his 1914-15 study of the naval war in northern Europe was published by the United States Naval Institute in May 2015 with the title Before Jutland: The Naval War in Northern European Waters, August 1914-February 1915.

He lives in Canberra with his wife, Ruth, and his two sons.

Last reviewed: 7 July, 2016