Paul Dibb is an Emeritus Professor of strategic studies at The Australian National University's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, which he was the Head of from 1991 to 2004. He is the author or editor of six books and over 160 academic articles about the global strategic outlook, the security of the Asia-Pacific region, the US Alliance, and Australia's defence policy. He wrote the 1986 Review of Australia's Defence Capabilities (the Dibb report) and was the primary author of the 1987 Defence White Paper. His book The Soviet Union: The Incomplete Superpower was published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London in 1986, and attracted international acclaim. He was Head of the National Assessments Staff 1974-78, Director of the Joint Intelligence Organisation 1986-88 and Deputy Secretary of Defence for Strategic Policy and Intelligence 1988-91. His career in Australia as a prominent academic, senior policy maker and intelligence official has spanned almost fifty years.