Vice Admiral David Shackleton is a distinguished advisor in the defence community. His illustrious career spans 35 years in the Royal Australian Navy where he was appointed Chief of Navy and pursued a major re-invigoration of the Navy against a very demanding operational and politically difficult backdrop.

David specialises in strategic policy development, project management and acquisition. As Chief of Navy he initiated one of the widest ranging change programs undertaken at the same time as pursuing the development of several major naval capital equipment programs.

He has significant experience at senior levels in the Navy demonstrating a high level of responsibility for naval and maritime operations and ADF capability proposals.

David actively consults a number of commercial clients with defence interests as well as supporting undergraduate education at the University of NSW (ADFA).

Career History

Awards and Qualifications:

  • United States Legion of Merit
  • Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
  • MBA, Business, Monash University

Career History:

  • Specialist Associate aadi Defence Pty Ltd.
  • Mentor and Facilitator, Australian Defence College
  • Visiting Fellow/ Adjunct Lecturer UNSW School of Business
  • Director, Shackleton Management Solutions
  • Advisor Maritime Systems, BAE Australia
  • Chair, Board of Directors
  • Board member, Kokoda Foundations
  • Defence SA Advisory Board
  • Chair, Advisory Board: Australian Centre for Ocean Resources and Security
  • Naval Advisor, Austal
  • Chair, Defence Industry Advisory Board, Government South Australia
  • Chief of Navy, Royal Australian Navy
  • Head of Capability Development, Department of Defence
  • Director General Command and Control Support Systems,
  • Director General Navy Policy and Warfare
  • Command of HMAS Brisbane
  • Command of HMAS Derwent

Vice Admiral David Shackleton is a former Chief of the Royal Australian Navy and a distinguished member of Australia’s defence community. David has great strengths in strategic policy and force structure development and is highly respected for his acumen and grasp of future technical and other challenges in the national security environment.

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Some Projects of VADM David Shackleton AO

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Transparent Window Armour System Technologies

Project: Transparent Window Armour System Partnership: Oryon Group The Brief: Modern Architecture To maximize the …

Wireless Sensor Network for Asset health monitoring (HUMS/CBM)

PROJECT NAME: Condition Based Monitoring (CBM) & Health Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for the mining …

RAN/ DSTO/ ACS AMOG

PROJECT NAME: Collins Class Submarine weight reduction Brief Introduction: The need to constantly upgrade and …

Grollo Aerospace

PROJECT NAME: Supersonic Airborne Targets Brief Introduction: The modern warship is equipped with close-in weapon …