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Martin Andrew, BA(hons), MA, PhD, RAAF(Retd)

Dr Martin Andrew was conferred his Doctor of Philosophy in February 2009. He was a member of the Royal Australian Air Force from February 1977 to February 2005.  His Air Force career was in the areas of education and training, and included postings to the Australian Joint Warfare Establishment and the Royal Australian Air Force Staff College. For the period 1991 to 2003, he was in the Northern Territory, a highlight being an International Military Liaison Officer in Darwin with the Foreign National Support Elements for their deployed forces in East Timor from November 1999 to July 2000.  These included South Korean, Irish and Jordanian Special Forces elements, and the Fijian Defence Force amongst others. 

The fourth edition of his book, How the PLA Fights: Weapons and Tactics of the People’s Liberation Army, is undergoing distribution inside the United States Army.  The third edition became the warfighter’s handbook with the United States Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center.  In September 2009, the second edition of his book, was published by the United States Army’s TRADOC Intelligence Support Activity (TRISA) for Threats. Their mission is to look at future training needs and scenarios for the United States Army. TRISA published the first edition in September 2008.

In November 2011, the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania published his work, ‘The Influence of U.S. Counterinsurgency Operations in Afghanistan on the People’s Liberation Army’ as Chapter Seven in Andrew Scobell, David Lai and Roy Kamphausen (Eds), Chinese Lessons from Other Peoples’ Wars.

His monthly GI Zhou Newsletter on the Chinese military, currently runs into one hundred and thirty-eight issues since 2000, and is in use by a number of official United States Department of Defense customers. Dr Andrew analyses, and, where necessary, translates articles from over sixty Chinese language magazines yearly. His PhD research project required extensive translation of Chinese and Russian language materials.

Aside from the operational art of the People’s Liberation Army, he has specialised in tactics of foreign military forces, from minor infantry and close quarter battle tactics, up to brigade level. He has also conducted research in the areas of:
  • Insurgency in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore including the outlying islands;
  • The origins of Communist guerrilla warfare in urban and rural areas,
  • The origins of close quarter battle by William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes in the International of Shanghai and their influence on modern police and military tactics
  • Terrorism;
  • Intrastate and interstate conflict in Central Asia, Chechnya and Dagestan, Georgia;
  • Air power, including ballistic missile defence and precision guided munitions;
  • Weapons of mass destruction; and
  • The effects of military weapons on the human body.

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