Dr Garth Pratten is a senior lecturer in military operations in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. An historian by training, he has had a varied career having worked for the Australian Army's Training Command and the Australian War Memorial, and taught at Deakin University and in the War Studies Department at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Dr Pratten was a member of the research staff for the Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts and is currently contributing to the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian, and Post-Cold War Operations. In 2010, while working for the British Ministry of Defence, Dr Pratten deployed to Afghanistan as part of the team compiling the war diary for ISAF's Regional Command South. Dr Pratten's interest in the conduct of military operations has led him to conduct field work in France, Belgium, Libya, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Turkey and Cyprus. In April 2006, Dr Pratten was awarded the Australian Army's CEW Bean prize for his PhD thesis, the book of which – Australian Battalion Commanders in the Second World War – was runner up for the Templer Medal in 2010.