About Us

Managing Editor
Brian Hartigan
Mobile: 0408-496-664
Fax (02)-4293-1010


Advertising Sales
WDR Advertising
Anna Ambrose ––advertising@militarycontact.com


Business Manager
Rosie Hartigan


Postal Address
PO Box 3091
NSW 2533




CONTACT Air Land & Sea reports on the people, platforms and operations of the world’s defence forces, particularly Australia. CONTACT is dedicated to presenting photos and stories that capture the essence of serving-members’ lives and interests, as far as possible from the insider’s perspective.

CONTACT Air Land & Sea web site is our internet-based headquarters where we publish daily news and other interesting, related items. We also use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube as ’embassies’ where we engage our audience, inviting them back to our headquarters. This site attracts more than 4million page views a year, averaging more than 40,000 unique visitors per month.

CONTACT Air Land & Sea newsletters are free weekly email-based publications that draw attention to recent news and ADF-people stories. The intent is to bring readers the best of the previous fortnight in handy-reference formats, linking back to the original stories in our headquarters (web site) – and updating subsequent developments to older stories. The newsletters are sent to more than 14,000 registered email addresses every Sunday.

CONTACT Air Land & Sea magazine was a high-quality, full-colour, features-based magazine published four times per year. Initially launched in March 2004 as a traditional paper-based magazine, it switched to digital in 2013. We ceased production in December 2022 after producing 75 issues.
Paper copies of issues 1 to 40 of CONTACT Air Land & Sea magazine, can still be purchased here. Many of our magazines (including the early paper-based ones) have been added to our digital archive here.

COMBAT Camera is a high-quality, full-colour, photo-essay-based magazine published on an ad hoc basis, usually as a single-subject feature. It is also archived here.


ABOUT Brian Hartigan

I am the Managing Editor of Contact Publishing Pty Ltd and a founder of the company (2003).

Then Corporal, now CONTACT Managing Editor, Brian Hartigan with Pop Idol Kylie Minogue in East Timor, December 1999.
Then Corporal, now CONTACT Managing Editor, Brian Hartigan with Pop Idol Kylie Minogue in East Timor, December 1999.

I served almost 12 years in the full-time Army, first as an Aircraft Fitter (helicopter mechanic)(seven years) and then as a reporter at ARMY Newspaper (and ARMY Magazine – now defunct)(five years).

In the Army, I deployed to East Timor in 1999 as a member of INTERFET.

When I left the full-time Army in 2002, I worked for five years with the Australian Federal Police as Editor of Platypus, their professional police journal, and as a PR photographer.

As an AFP photographer, I deployed on the first rotation of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

My time with the AFP coincided with the birth of CONTACT magazine, which was produced with the assistance of one partner (no longer involved) as a sideline to what was a pretty full-on day job.

Other jobs I’ve held down (for various lengths of time) include Editor RAAF Newspaper, Chief of Staff Army Newspaper, Media Operations Officer Defence HQ – and, as a younger man, taxi driver, lawnmower, car washer, furniture removalist and dairy farmer.

I am approaching 60 years old (how the hell did that happen?), married to Rosie, with two adult daughters, two granddaughters and one son-in-law.

My wife and I both speak with remnants of Irish accents, but we’ve lived in Australia longer than we lived in Ireland.

Read more about my credentials as a defence reporter – and my motivations for starting CONTACT Magazine here.

I am still on the books as an inactive Reservist Sergeant in the Australian Army Public Relations Service, though I haven’t actually rendered service for several years because of health issues. I am now on a TPI pension from DVA (read about some of my mental-health journey here).

Consequently, CONTACT is merely a hobby.






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