Until June 2002 Gary Brown was a Defence Advisor with the Parliamentary Information and Research Service at Parliament House, Canberra, where he provided confidential advice and research at request to members and staffs of all parties and Parliamentary committees, and produced regular publications on a wide range of defence issues. Many are available at here.
Working on defence and national security topics since the early seventies, he has published two books, and many shorter pieces on Australian higher defence organisation and management, international strategic issues and many other aspects of strategic studies and defence in various journals, through the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) and the Australian Defence Studies Centre (ADSC). He has been a Visiting Fellow at both SDSC and at ADSC in the Australian Defence Force Academy.
He regularly lectured at the former Australian Joint Services Staff College (JSSC), and then at the restructured ADF colleges at Weston Creek.
Gary Brown is an Honours graduate of the University of Newcastle, NSW, and also a JSSC civilian graduate. His most recent substantial work, Regaining Relevance: Fitting Australia's Defence Force Structure to the Contemporary Strategic Environment, was published by ADSC in late 2002 and attracted considerable attention. He has been writing for On Line Opinion since January 2003.