During Peter Leahy’s distinguished six-year term as Chief of Army (2002-2008), the forces under his command operated at an unprecedented tempo across the globe.
As Chief, his charter encompassed force capabilities and preparedness, management of a six-billion-dollar budget, and provision of strategic advice to Ministers. Peter Leahy’s 37-year Army career followed a trajectory of steady advancement through the ranks, including staff and training postings.
A Duntroon graduate, he joined the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. Senior positions later in his career were command of the 8th/9th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment, and of the Defence Force’s Ready Deployment Force, the 3rd Brigade. He has been Director of Army Research and Analysis, and as Chief of Army played an important role in high-level international matters, in particular military diplomacy and operational deployments.
Peter Leahy holds a Master of Military Arts and Science from the US Army Command and General Staff College, where he also served as an instructor, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
His distinguished service was recognised with his 2007 appointment as Companion in the Order of Australia.