Minister for Defence – New Executive Director for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute

The Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today announced the appointment of Mr Peter Jennings as the new Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). 

Mr Jennings is currently Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence. His appointment will take effect shortly for a term of five years. 

“I congratulate Mr Jennings on his appointment. ASPI does important work to foster strategic expertise in Australia and I am very pleased that ASPI will have the benefit of Mr Jennings’ considerable skills and experience,” Mr Smith said. 

“I express my appreciation to the outgoing Executive Director, Major General Peter Abigail (Retd), for the vision and leadership he has provided to ASPI during his term.”  

Mr Jennings has nearly 25 years of experience in defence and strategic policy, including extensive experience in the Department of Defence, research and teaching positions in academia, and a previous stint as Director, Programs for ASPI.

ASPI is an independent, non-partisan policy institute, funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Defence.

“ASPI does very good work to educate and engage with Australians on defence and security issues and trends. In 2010-11, ASPI released 41 publications, all of which represent original, independent research and analysis,” Mr Smith said. 

“ASPI also plays a key role in critically assessing new policy ideas and ensuring contestability of advice to Government.”

Mr Smith also announced the reappointment of Mr Stephen Loosley as Chair of the ASPI Council for a term of three years.

“Mr Loosley has proven a dedicated and effective Chair since his initial appointment in 2001.  I am pleased that he has agreed to continue to contribute to ASPI into the future.”

More information about ASPI, including publications, is available at


Media Contacts:

Mr Smith’s Office: Andrew Porter (02) 6277 7800 or 0419 474 392

Department of Defence: (02) 6127 1999

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