In conjunction with HQ 2 Div and the Randwick Barrack Officers Mess, this first CoveTalk of 2022 concentrates on Ethical Vulnerabilities by Professor Deane-Peter Baker. Followed by a presentation by Major Jeremy Baraclough who published ‘The Seven “D’s” of Vulnerable Leadership’ and a Q&A session.

The CoveTalk was livestreamed at 3pm on Thursday 31 March 2022 (AEDT). It was an engaging event on an important topic. Thank you to all who attended in-person and online. Check out the entire CoveTalk below.


Dr Deane-Peter Baker was appointed to UNSW Canberra in August 2012. He came to Canberra from Annapolis, Maryland, USA, where he was an Assistant Professor of Ethics in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy for two and a half years. Prior to that Dr Baker was Associate Professor of Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where he taught for eleven years. His PhD, in philosophy, was awarded by Macquarie University. Dr Baker served briefly in the British Army, and served the South African Army Reserve before resigning in 2009 with the rank of Major. He was Convenor of the South African Army Strategy Research Group and part of the leader group of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles, a reserve armored cavalry regiment. A specialist in both the ethics of armed conflict and military strategy, Dr Baker's research straddles philosophy, ethics and security studies. From 2006 to 2008 Dr Baker was Chairman of the Ethics Society of South Africa. He has held visiting fellowships at the Triangle Institute for Security Studies in North Carolina and the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College. From 2007 to 2010 Dr Baker was editor of the African Security Review. Dr Baker created the world’s first Massive Open Online Course on the topic of Military Ethics, hosted on the FutureLearn platform. In 2017 he was appointed to the International Panel for the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons.

Major Jeremy Barraclough is an Infantry Officer with a particular interest in irregular warfare. He has deployed multiple times to Afghanistan and on domestic security operations. He has command experience at platoon and company level including coalition, joint and interagency collaboration.

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