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Jim Molan

Jim Molan is a retired Army officer well known for his media commentary. He has been an infantryman, a helicopter pilot, commander of army units from a thirty man platoon to a division of 15,000 soldiers, commander of the evacuation force from the Solomon Islands in 2000 and with service in East Timor in 1999. In April 2004, Jim deployed for a year to Iraq as the Coalition’s chief of operations, during a period of continuous and intense combat. For distinguished command and leadership in action in Iraq, Major General Molan was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the Australian Government and the Legion of Merit by the United States Government.

Jim has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Queensland. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an accredited Master Project Director. Jim is also an Indonesian speaker.

In August 2008, General Molan published his book Running the War in Iraq, which is a double best seller. 

Following the 2013 federal election, he was appointed for a year to the full time position of the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Operation Sovereign Borders.


Articles by Jim Molan (13)

  • Why Australian soldiers must accompany Iraqis into battle

    A long-dead Chinese general once said that strategy without tactics is a slow road to victory, but tactics without strategy is noise before defeat. We can imagine what he might have said of a war where the strategy is challenged and the tactics are lacking – a slow road to noisy defeat? The strategic decision to confront ISIS has been made. The operational decision is to do it without boots on the ground. It is the tactics that have been under examination since the loss of Ramadi and Palmyra.
  • Yes, military personnel can think strategically

    An article in last weekend's The Saturday Paper on the supposed affinity between ex-military personnel and the Coalition Government lists the ex-military now serving in parliament and those (me) wanting to serve in parliament, and quotes Professor Hugh White at his patronising best: one level, it is good to have former military people in the parliament, and any increase in their representation reflects the rise in prominence of the ADF since deployment to East Timor in 1999.
  • Applying the right lessons to Iraq

    The Australian Government's announcement that 300 additional troops will be sent to Iraq to help train the Iraqi Army has brought forth the usual public commentators, myself included. My view is that all those who see ISIS as evil should be prepared to commit military and other resources to oppose it. Why should we help?