|Chris Mills joined the RAAF in 1964 and
graduated from the RAAF Academy
in 1967. He has a BSc in physics from Melbourne University and an
MSc in Systems from the United States Air Force Institute of
After a tour in 34 VIP Squadron, he converted to the Mirage and flew
over 1,000 hours on that type. He has flown the F/A-18F Block 1
in a strike configuration.
He worked for three years in
Defence Science and Technology Organisation as an Operations Analyst.
As part of the Defence Cooperation Programme, he designed the
engineering, maintenance and supply system for the Indonesian Air
While a member of the Reserve, he worked in the Air Power Studies
on several subjects including UCAVs and air operations in the 1991 Gulf
War. As Deputy Director for Air Control in the Capability Development
Division, he developed the Hornet Upgrade (HUG) Phase 2 which was
approved by the Defence Committee and is now in the final stages of
WGCDR Mills was appointed to
be a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
for his contribution to workforce management of the RAAF.
Over the past five years, he
has participated in the Defence Reform
Program, the Defence Capability Review and has
represented the 'Red Forces' within the processes described in the
Australian Defence Organisation's Defence Capabilty Development
Manual. This work involved extensive research into the future
capabilities of several countries of interest and the weapons and
system they may
deploy over the next 20 years.
He is currently retired, and is not, and has never been, associated
with any weapons systems developer, manufacturer or supplier. He
is a director, shareholder, military analyst and simulation expert in a
commercial company that provides analysis services to industry,
generally in the simulation of military engagements in the aerospace
and maritime domains.