Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Mr Fred Smith

Associate Lecturer

Master of Arts (National Security & Strategic Studies) - Naval War College, Newport, RI, Juris Doctor (Law Degree) - Loyola School of Law - New Orleans, LA, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) - Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

Research interests:

  • Asia Pacific Security-related Issues (Geopolitical/Military/Economic/Diplomatic/Security Relationships)
  • Indo Pacific Security-related Issues (Geopolitical/Military/Economic/Diplomatic/Security Relationships)
  • Intelligence Studies-related Issues (Processes, Collection, Analysis, Dissemination, Historical Perspectives, Technologies, Oversight and Reform)


Smith is a Lecturer in Security Studies at Macquarie University since 2013.  Before joining the university, Mr. Smith was a captain at the United States Navy - a 30-year military intelligence officer with extensive experience in the Pacific and Middle East, as well as tours in Europe, the Mediterranean, and with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He served multiple tours in: Australia (seconded to the Royal Australian Navy), Japan, and in London, UK.  Deployed to Bahrain on multiple occasions and conducted four at-sea deployments to the Pacific, Indian Ocean, Northern Arabian Sea, Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea. Served multiple tours in the US, including:  ten years in Hawaii, postings on both coasts of the US and in the Pentagon, Washington, DC. Smith  has extensive experience in all-source intelligence fusion analysis, intelligence preparation of the operational environment, operational intelligence and intelligence watch operations.


  • PICT813: Foundations of Modern Intelligence.
  • PICT844: Intelligence for the Modern Practitioner.
  • PICT913: Asia Pacific Security (International Security Studies).

Available student projects:

Any approved topic related to my research interests.


Book Chapters

Indo-Pacific Region: Evolving Strategic Contours, Dalbir Ahlawat and Fred C. Smith, (2016), book chapter in: Indo-Pacific: Emerging Powers, Evolving Regions and Global Governance, Edited by D. Gopal and D. Ahlawat, pp. 33-59.