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INDPAC Littoral 2019

Thursday 10 October
This event is open and complimentary to PACIFIC 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
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Starboard Theatrette, Hall 1, ICC Sydney

The INDPAC series was established in 2013 as an ongoing strategy focused and issues inspired forum for the PACIFIC series of events.

INDPAC Littoral 2019 has been developed by Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited with renowned strategic affairs analyst and naval affairs expert Dr. Alexey D. Muraviev, Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Perth’s Curtin University.

Prof. Muraviev is a member of the Australian Member Committee, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region (AU-CSCAP), member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) and a founder and manager of the IndPac series on maritime policy and strategy. He has published widely on matters of national and international security and advises members of state and federal governments on foreign policy and national security matters.

“The evolving littoral realities are paramount to national security of the majority if not all members of the Indo-Asia-Pacific community,” he said. “Over the past decade the spectrum of threats in the littoral has grown and matured. Besides well recognised asymmetric threats such as maritimised crime, border security, environmental challenges and other a new strategic challenge is on the horizon – asymmetric naval warfare. IndPac Littoral offers a platform to improve situational awareness and identify effective solutions on how to counter this growing spectrum of threats challenges. This forum is a must for representatives of littoral nations, naval, border force, police and customs personnel, PRIMES and SMEs responsible for design and manufacturing of multi-domain capability suitable for littoral operations, security consultants and academics with interests in maritime security and defence.”


Current as of 1 October, 2019

Assoc/Prof Alexey D Muraviev, Conference Chair
0930 - 0940 Welcome and Introduction
SETTING THE SCENE (Moderator: Assoc/Prof Alexey D Muraviev, Curtin University)
0940 – 1000 Opening address, CDRE Malcolm K.M. Wise AM, RAN, Chief-of-Operations, Maritime Border Command
1000 – 1030

working title: “The Changing Character of Warfare in a Rapidly Changing Strategic Littoral Environment”

Speaker: VADM (retd) Yoji Koda, former Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet, JMSDF
1030 – 1050 Q&A
MAPPING OUT LITTORAL’S THREAT LANDSCAPE (Moderator: CAPT (retd) Fred Smith, Macquarie University)
1050 – 1110

working title: “Grey Zone Maritime Operations in the Littoral Domain”

Speaker: CDRE Justin Jones, CSC, Commodore Training, RAN
1110 – 1130

working title: “Persian/Arabian Gulf as a Hot Spot: Iran’s Mine Warfare Capabilities”

Speaker: Assoc/Prof Alexey D Muraviev, Curtin University
1130 – 1150

working title: “Irregular Maritime Arrivals: Border Security Challenges for Littoral States”

Speaker: Dr Dalbir Ahlawat, Macquarie University
1150 – 1210 Q&A
INDUSTRY/DEFENCE PERSPECTIVES (Moderator: Assoc/Prof Alexey D Muraviev, Curtin University)
1210 – 1310

Panel: Delivering an Effective Capability to Secure the Littoral

Speaker and panellist: Mr Jens Nielsen, CEO Luerssen Australia and Project Director SEA1180

Panellist: VADM (retd) Yoji Koda, former Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet, JMSDF

Panellist: CDRE Justin Jones, CSC, Commodore Training, RAN
1310 – 1330 Final Q&A
1330 Conference close



Dr Alexey D. Muraviev
Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry Curtin University

Dr Alexey D. Muraviev is Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is the founder and Director of the Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy at Curtin. Alexey was Head of Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies at Curtin in 2013-2017. Between 2016 and 2018, Alexey was academic lead of Curtin defence strategic initiative. He was also a non-residential fellow at Sea Power Centre Australia, Royal Australian Navy, and inaugural scholar-in residence, Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Alexey has published widely in the field of national security, strategic and defence studies. His research interests include problems of modern maritime power, contemporary defence and strategic policy, Russia as a Pacific power, transnational terrorism and Australian national security. His latest publications include 'Australia Europe Security and Defence Cooperation in the Twenty First Century' in ‘So Distant, So Close’ Australia and the European Union in the 21st Century (Bruno Mascitelli and Bruce Wilson (eds); ‘Russian Military Power in the Indo-Pacific’, IISS Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2019 (Routledge, IISS).

He is a member of the Australian Member Committee, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region (AU-CSCAP); member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London; member of Russia-NATO Experts Group; member of the executive advisory board, CIVSEC 2020 international congress and exposition; member of the Advisory Board, Australia Public Network, and other organisations and think tanks.

Alexey is regularly interviewed by He advises members of state and federal government on foreign policy and national security matters and is frequently interviewed by national and international media, among them ABC TV and Radio, the Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, BBC Radio, Bloomberg, CNN, Fox News, New York Times, and the Financial Times.

Commodore Malcolm K. M. Wise AM, RAN
Maritime Border Command

CDRE Mal Wise has served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for 33 years and assume duties as the Chief of Operations for Maritime Border Command Australia on 29 Nov 2018.

CDRE Wise joined the RAN in 1985 from Mackay Queensland. He completed his degree studies at the Australian Defence Force Academy, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science (Oceanography). He was awarded the "Royal Australian Naval College Jubilee Year Graduates Memorial Sword" from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1988. He was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate (BWC) in HMCS Qu'Appelle in 1990, and specialised as a Navigation Officer, navigating a number of ships and Commanding HMAS Balikpapan. CDRE Wise completed the 'Principle Warfare Officers Course' and RAN 'Long Navigation Course' in1997 receiving the New Zealand prize for Navigation.

As Operations Officer HMAS Success, he deployed in response to the East Timor Crisis in 1999, and in 2002 he joined HMAS Darwin as Executive Officer and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of the War in Iraq. CDRE Wise was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service as the Executive Officer of Darwin during the Iraq War. He commanded HMAS Ballarat and again deployed to the Arabian Gulf in 2007. On completion he attended the Naval Command College (NCC) at the US Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island and graduated from Salve Regina University with a Masters of International Relations.

As a Captain he commanded HMAS Perth, the first of the ANZAC Class frigates to undergo the ASMD Upgrade, and in 2013 he assumed duties as Surface Combatant Group Capability Manager for three years. He was promoted to Commodore and appointed as Commodore Warfare (COMWAR) in January 2016, serving in this role managing Fleet War-fighting Capability for the Commander Australian Fleet until his appointment as Commander Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain. He completed a very successful tour as CCTF150 in May 2018 and was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his Command. He assumed his current role as Chief of Operations at Maritime Border Command in November 2018.

CDRE Wise is married to Keron and resides in Sydney with their son Mackenzie (b. 2002) and daughter Ella (b. 2004). He has a keen interest in mountain biking, sailing and wine.

VADM (retd) Yoji Koda
former Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet, JMSDF

Vice Admiral Koda is a graduate of Japan Defense Academy (1972), JMSDF Staff College, and the U.S. Naval War College. As a surface officer, he took commanded of JS Sawayuki (DD-125), Destroyer Flotilla Three and Fleet Escort Force at sea. His shore duty includes Director General (DG) for Plans and Operations, Maritime Staff and DG Joint Staff as well as Commandant JMSDF Sasebo District. He retired from JMSDF as Commander in Chief, Self-Defense Fleet, in 2008. Then, he was invited to Asia-Center, Harvard University as a research fellow on Chinese Naval Strategy from June 2009 to July 2011.

He is a proficient writer on maritime affairs and military history. His recent articles include: “The Russo-Japanese War: Primary Causes of Japanese Success,” U.S. Naval War College, “Japanese Perspective on China’s Rise as a Naval Power,” Harvard Asia Quarterly, “A New Carrier Race: Strategy, Force Planning and JS Hyuga,” U.S. Naval War College, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Responding to China’s A2/AD Threat,” Center for New American Security, and “Maritime Security in the Region: SCS and ECS as Key Arenas for Converging Political Interests,” Asia Pacific Review, Institute for International Policy Studies. He contributed to Refighting the Pacific War: Alternative History of World War II (U.S. Naval Institute Press). He coauthored Maritime Strategy and National Security in Japan and Britain (Leiden and Boston, Global Oriental).

He had served as an advisor to National Security Secretariat of GOJ until March 2016.

CAPT (retd) Fred C. Smith
Lecturer, Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University.

Fred Smith is a lecturer at Macquarie University in the Department of Security Studies & Criminology since 2013.  Previously, he served in the United States Navy, retiring as a Captain in 2012 following a 30-year career as a military intelligence officer, with extensive experience in the Indo-Asia Pacific and Middle East, as well as tours in Europe, the Mediterranean, and with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

  • Served multiple overseas tours in Australia (seconded to the Royal Australian Navy), Japan, and London, UK.  Deployed to Bahrain on multiple occasions and conducted four at-sea deployments to the Pacific, Indian Ocean, Northern Arabian Sea, Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea.  Served multiple tours in the US, including: ten years in Hawaii at Pacific Fleet and Pacific Command, postings on both coasts of the US and in the Pentagon, Washington, DC.
  • Extensive experience in all-source intelligence fusion analysis, operational intelligence, intelligence watch operations and intelligence support to operational planning, as well as in wide-ranging geo-strategic and political-military issues.

Education Profile:  Education qualifications include:

  • Master of Arts (National Security & Strategic Studies) – Naval War College, Newport, RI (2003)
  • Juris Doctor (Law Degree) – Loyola School of Law – New Orleans, LA (1981)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) – Auburn University, Auburn, AL (1978)

Commodore Justin Jones, CSC, RAN

Commodore Justin Jones was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He was educated at Geelong Grammar School and joined the Royal Australian Navy from Melbourne in January 1988. He is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College and the Australian Command and Staff College, and holds a Masters in Management Studies, a Master of Arts (Strategy and Policy) and a Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies. Commodore Jones assumed duties as Commodore Training on 25 November 2016.

Commodore Jones is a Principal Warfare Officer with specialisations in surface warfare and advanced navigation. He has served in HMA Ships Brisbane, Success, Bunbury, Westralia, Hobart, Wollongong, Sydney, Arunta, Manoora and Parramatta; accumulating a significant amount of sea time during deployments in Indo-Pacific Asia and extensive engagement with navies throughout the region.

Ashore, Commodore Jones has served as a navigation instructor, on exchange with the Royal Navy as a Staff Warfare Officer within Flag Officer Sea Training in Plymouth, as Operations Officer to Commodore Flotillas/Commander Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (Maritime), and as Commander Fleet Plans. In Canberra, Commodore Jones has been Deputy Director Navy Experimentation in Navy Strategic Command, and Director/Chief of Staff, Force Structure Review within Strategy Executive. He was Director of the Navy’s think tank, the Sea Power Centre – Australia from December 2011 to August 2014.

Commodore Jones had command of the guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle from December 2008 to July 2010. In 2009, the ship was awarded the coveted Duke of Gloucester Cup for overall efficiency and the Spada Shield for the surface combatant foremost in operations. Commodore Jones then had command of the combat support ship HMAS Success from October 2014 to May 2016, during which the ship deployed to the Middle East and North West Indian Ocean on Operation MANITOU. He resumed command of Success from 18 August to 18 November 2016.

Commodore Jones was the inaugural Navy Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in 2010, contributing to the Lowy Institute MacArthur Foundation’s major publication Crisis and Confidence: major powers and maritime security in Indo-Pacific Asia. He also edited the book A Maritime School of Strategic Thought for Australia: Perspectives, published by the Sea Power Centre – Australia. He is a PhD candidate in maritime strategy at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong.

Commodore Jones was the recipient of the 2006 Vice Admiral Viscount Horatio Nelson KB Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence for leadership. In the 2016 Queen’s Birthday honours, he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding devotion to duty as the Commanding Officer, HMAS Success while deployed on Operation MANITOU. He also wears the Meritorious Unit Citation awarded to HMAS Parramatta for operations in the North Arabian Gulf in 2005-06.

Commodore Jones is married to Terrie and they have two adult daughters. His extra curricular interests include reading, waterskiing, almost any team sport, watching musical theatre and, occasionally, playing the drums.

Jens Nielsen
CEO Luerssen Australia and Project Director SEA1180

Jens Nielsen joined Luerssen Group in January 2019 where he was appointed CEO of Luerssen Australia and Project Director SEA1180.

Jens Nielsen holds a Master of Science for Aerospace and Space Technology and graduated in 1990 at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. He started his career as Flight Test Systems Engineer at Dornier. Jens Nielsen worked then for 15 years in aerospace industry for companies such as BMW Rolls-Royce, Fairchild Dornier and Diehl-Avionik Systems where he had various management positions before he joined Airbus Defence and Space in 2005.

At Airbus Defence and Space Jens Nielsen was Chief Engineer for Military Systems on the A400M Program before he was appointed Senior Vice President 2008 for the Integrated Systems Business covering systems of systems defence business around the world. After 4 years he was appointed Senior Vice President Unmanned Aerial Systems being responsible for all unmanned and autonomous business within Airbus Defence and Space. Before joining Luerssen Jens Nielsen was COO and VP Operations for Thales in Germany.

Dr Dalbir Ahlawat
Senior Lecturer, Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University.

Dr Ahlawat is a Senior Lecturer, with the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University. He has wide experience of working with government agencies and academic institutions. He has worked as a Visiting Fellow with the University of New South Wales and Center Associate with University of Pittsburgh-USA. In addition, he has worked in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration.

Dr Ahlawat has over 15 years' experience in conducting research on topics related to strategic, security and migration issues. He has worked in/on Latin American countries, United States, African region, Asia and Australia. Based on the research outcomes he has published four books and 25 research papers in journals, edited books and think tank publications. He has been invited to deliver specialized lectures by George Washington University-USA,

Gujarat Forensic Sciences University-India, Police Academy of the Netherlands, Wilfrid Laurier University- Canada.