Duncan Lewis

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Duncan Lewis

Currently the Secretary of the Department of Defence add

Category: Politics

Born in 1954.

Countries: Luxembourg (25%), Belgium (25%), Australia (19%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: European Union, NATO, Julie Bishop

Linked to: Department of Defence, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Army, European integration




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Duncan Lewis was born in 1954 add something


Duncan Lewis graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1975 add something


During his career, Lewis served three postings with the Special Air Service Regiment, later commanding the Regiment from1990 to 1992 add something


From 1994 to 1996, Lewis was Australian Army Attache in Jakarta, and during the INTERFET period he was appointed the Australian Defence Force spokesman on East Timor add something


Lewis was promoted to Brigadier in January 2000 and appointed Commander Sector West UNTAET in East Timor, where he commanded Australian and New Zealand forces add something


Lewis assumed his appointment as Commander Special Forces in January 2001, and was promoted to the rank of Major General on 19 December 2002 add something


In the Australia Day Honours list of 2005, Lewis was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia add something


Subsequent to his retirement from the Army in 2005, Lewis joined the Australian Public Service and was appointed to the position of First Assistant Secretary of the National Security Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet add something


In December 2008 he began serving as National Security Adviser to the Rudd Labor Government add something


On 5 August 2011 it was announced that he would be appointed the Secretary of the Australian Department of Defence, , effective early September add something


On 17 September 2012 it was announced that Lewis had been appointed Australia's ambassador to Belgium, the European Union, Luxembourg and NATO, and would leave the Department of Defence on 10 October add something


He will assume the office of the Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, European Union and NATO on 10 October 2012 add something


On 15 May 2014, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Attorney-General George Brandis issued a joint media release announcing that Lewis was to stand down as Ambassador to Belgium, the EU, Luxembourg and NATO, and would be appointed as Director-General of Security following the retirement of David Irvine in September 2014 add something