New Secretary of Defence starts work

Defence today welcomed a new Secretary of the Department of Defence – Greg Moriarty.

Defence says Mr Moriarty brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Before taking up the position of Secretary, Mr Moriarty served as Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and, earlier, as International and National Security Adviser to the PM.

He also served as the first Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Mr Moriarty has also held the positions of Deputy Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Ambassador to both Indonesia and Iran.

He also worked in Defence in the past – from 1986-95 primarily in the Defence Intelligence Organisation.

He also served in the Headquarters of the United States Central Command in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Mr Moriarty’s appointment is for five years, starting today.

He replaces Brendan Sargeant, who recently held the position in an ‘acting’ capacity, since Dennis Richardson retired in May this year.

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