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The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra provides expertise in policy, strategic and operational outlook for the employment of special operations forces in the current and emerging conflict environment.

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Competitive advantage

Expertise in:

  • The policy environment and challenges for the employment of special operations forces in operations less than war
  • The ethics and leadership of special operations
  • Emerging technologies and their impact on special operations
  • Counter-network operations


  • Improved policy, strategy and operational deployment of special operations forces

Successful applications

  • Panellist to the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons
  • Consultants to the Australian Army Special Operations Training and Education Centre
  • Research input to the Official History of Australian Operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan