Brigadier (Retired) Vincent Williams, CSC, FADC, MA(IR), BA(Mil), PostGrad Dip TESOL, Grad Dip Mgt Studies, psc, g
Vincent Williams is a 1974 graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia from where he received a Bachelor of Arts (Military Studies) degree from the University of New South Wales. He was commissioned in to the Royal Australian Artillery and as an artillery officer he was selected to attend the 12 month long UK Gunnery Staff Course at Larkhill where he was awarded the post-nominal g. His subsequent artillery appointments included being an Instructor in Gunnery, Senior Instructor and Commanding Officer/Chief Instructor at the School of Artillery. He also attended the Australian Army Command and Staff College (ACSC) where he was awarded the post nominal psc and a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies. After command of the School of Artillery he was
selected as Australia’s exchange instructor teaching at the internationally renowned UK Army Command and Staff College, Camberley, where he was responsible for the Terrorism, United Nations (UN) and Counter Insurgency (COIN) modules of the program; before returning to Australia, on promotion to Colonel, as the Director of Studies, ACSC. Here he was responsible for overseeing the complete revamping of the course curriculum. He then went on to become the Director of the Army Doctrine Centre (ADC) and it was after these two appointments that he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC). He also completed a part-time Master of Arts in International Relations through Deakin University, while a Director at both the ACSC and ADC, before attending the highly selective 12-month course for high-level strategic studies at the Australian Defence College. Following this he was granted the post-nominal Fellow of the Australian Defence College (FADC).As a Brigadier, he deployed on operations with the UN to East Timor as a brigade commander of Sector West. The brigade was responsible for the security of the East Timor land border and consisted of an Australian and a New Zealand battalion supported by Nepalese, Fijian, Irish, Pakistani, Singaporean and Japanese troops. For his command in East Timor he received a UN Force Commander’s Commendation and an Australian Commendation for Distinguished Service. In 2004 he was then appointed Head of the Australian Defence Staff and Defence Adviser to the UK, where he was responsible for Australia’s defence relationship with the UK, NATO and the EU. In that capacity he represented Australia at key planning meetings, particularly on Iraq and Afghanistan, but also NATO Defence Ministers’ meetings and strategic level bilateral conferences. After retiring from the Australian Army in 2007 he returned to academic studies and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In 2010 he joined the staff, in a senior role, at what is now the Macquarie University Department of Security Studies and Criminology, where he designed and delivered the postgraduate units on COIN and Peacekeeping. He retired from Macquarie University in 2016 as an Honorary Fellow.