Captain Justin Jones, RAN is the Director of the Sea Power Centre – Australia, and Naval Associate at the Lowy Institute. A serving naval officer for 24 years, Justin has had diverse experiences ranging across maritime counter terrorism, peace monitoring, operations in the Middle East, and extensive engagement with navies throughout Indo-Pacific Asia. He was the Commanding Officer of the guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle in 2009-10, prior to a short period as Navy Fellow at the Lowy Institute in 2010.
Justin holds a Master of Management Studies, a Master of Arts (Strategy and Policy) and a Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies. He is a PhD candidate at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong. His thesis will examine Australian defence policy and maritime strategy in the Indian Ocean from the turn of the century. His work with the Lowy Institute includes the role of maritime advisor to the MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Project. He was a contributor to the major Lowy Institute MacArthur Foundation paper Crisis and Confidence: Major Powers and Maritime Security in Indo-Pacific Asia (2011).
Justin’s work with the Lowy Institute represents his own views, not official policy or the position of the Australian Government, Department of Defence, the Australian Defence Force or Royal Australian Navy.