John Blackman is an expert in strategic policy, planning, operational command, capability development and material acquisition. He has held many senior positions in the defence industry and actively consults with the Department of Defence and Industry. A recent publication for NRMA analyzed Australia’s Liquid Fuel Security. As Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force he was responsible for the operations of RAAF headquarters including the whole of RAAF strategic and capability, personnel, financial, logistics policy and planning, as well as the oversight of airworthiness regulation and technical airworthiness.
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Air Vice Marshal Blackburn’s professionalism, leadership, insightfulness and visionary thinking are hallmarks of an outstanding career spanning more than 31 years. He has provided distinguished service as Commander of the Integrated Area Defence System and Deputy Chief of Air Force. Through his achievements and planning prowess, he has ensured that the Royal Australian Air Force is well prepared to meet the challenges faced by the next generation.