Tristan Moss

Dr Tristan Moss is a senior lecturer at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University. He is also a Fulbright Scholar and winner of a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, working on a history of Australian space policy. He has previously worked at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, and the Australian War Memorial. He is the author of Guarding the Periphery: The Australian Army in Papua New Guinea, 1951–75, and co-editor of Beyond Combat: Australian Military Activity Away from the Battlefields.

Fighting Australia’s Cold War »

The Nexus of Strategy and Operations in a Multipolar Asia, 1945–1965

Publication date: 2021
In the first two decades of the Cold War, Australia fought in three conflicts and prepared to fight in a possible wider conflagration in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In Korea, Malaya and Borneo, Australian forces encountered new types of warfare, integrated new equipment and ideas, and were part of the longest continual overseas deployments in Australia’s history. Working closely with its allies, Australia also trained for a large conventional war in Southeast Asia, while a significant percentage of the defence force guarded the Papua New Guinea–Indonesian border. At home, the Defence organisation grappled with new threats and military expansion, while the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation defended the nation from domestic and foreign threats. This book examines this crucial part of Australia’s security history, so often overlooked as merely a precursor to the Vietnam War. It addresses key questions such as how did Australia achieve its security goals at home and in the region in this new Cold War environment? What were the experiences of the services, units and individuals serving in Southeast Asia? How did this period shape Australia’s defence for years to come?