Associate Professor Bob Breen OAM is Directory, Defence Professional PhD Program, at Deakin University and a former Colonel in the Australian Army. His first publication in 1988 was First to Flight, a history of the first tour of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment group in Vietnam in 1965-66. He served as Colonel (Operations Analysis) for Land Commander – Australia from 1992 until 2002, conducting first hand research in Somalia in 1993 and in Rwanda 1994-95, the Middle East and Mozambique 1996, and then Bougainville and Tmor Leste (the East Timor) periodically 1997-2002.
He has published several books drawing on his first hand experience of Australian Cold War operations including a volume of Official History on Australian peace support operations in the Pacific Islands 1980-2006.
In 2018 he was awarded Medal of the Order of Australia for the provision of boarding scholarships to Indigenous children from rural and remote communities.