Dr Mark Bailey completed his Doctorate at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2019 (thesis title ‘The Strategic and Trade Protection Implications of Anglo-Australian Maritime Trade 1885-1942’. He joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1979 as a Seaman officer, serving aboard a variety of vessels including the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne and frigate HMAS Yarra, on the training staff at the RAN Naval College as well as fulfilling staff, security and intelligence functions.
He specialised in intelligence at the Maritime Intelligence Centre and Joint Intelligence Centre before transferring to the RAAF as an Intelligence Officer, transferring to the Active Reserve in 2002 and working in strategic logistics, law enforcement intelligence, counter-terrorism and government-industry liaison jobs. He rejoined the RAN Maritime Trade Operations Branch in 2015. From this time he has been near continuously on full-time service in Navy Headquarters.
Dr Bailey has published articles ranging from the Imperial Japanese Army's transport submarine fleet of WWII to the Imperial trade system, presenting at numerous conferences on trade protection matters. He is a member of the Naval Studies Group and is currently running the international ‘Cradock Project’ with the Irish scholar John French, publication is forthcoming.
As a member of the Australian Naval Institute and ADFA Naval Studies Group, he is the Australian liaison for the King’s College-USN War College ‘Corbett 100’ project, working in concert with the US Navy War College Hattendorf Historical Centre and King’s College London.
- Protection of maritime trade
- UK-Australian impacts on protection of maritime trade
- Economic and strategic structuring of trade protection
- History and development of trade protection
- Trade protection as an expression of Corbett’s principles of maritime strategy
- 2016 “Supporting the Wartime Economy: Imperial Maritime Trade and the Globalised Maritime Trade System 1914-1916”, paper for National Maritime Museum Greenwich, WWI at Sea Conference
- 2019 “Australian Mobilisation for War – A Primer”, Naval Studies Group, Navy Headquarters Mobilisation Planning Reference Work
- 2019 “RAN Mobilisation Requirements”, Naval Studies Group, Navy Headquarters Mobilisation Planning Reference Work
- 2020 The 1956 Commonwealth War Book (Editor), Navy Headquarters Mobilisation Planning Reference Work
- 2020 The Mismatch: Royal Australian Navy Maritime Constabulary 1955-2020, Navy Headquarters Mobilisation Planning Reference Work
- (2021) Forthcoming The Report of the Department of Defence 1914-1917 (editor – previously unpublished), Navy Headquarters Mobilisation Planning Reference Work
- (2021) Forthcoming National Survey of Australian Manufacturing Industry 1952 (editor), Navy Headquarters Mobilisation Planning Reference Work
- (2021) Forthcoming The Official History of Manpower in WWII (editor – previously unpublished), Navy Headquarters Mobilisation Planning Reference Work
- (2021) Forthcoming ”Sea Supply vs Maritime Trade – Australian Vulnerabilities in the 21st Century”, Defense and Security Analysis
- (2021) Forthcoming Cradock’s Choice: Churchill’s Admiralty and the Coronel Disaster with John French. A full, primary-source based re-evaluation of Rear Admiral Cradock’s performance of his trade protection mission in South American waters up to his destruction at the Battle of Coronel. United States Naval Institute Press (2022)
- Forthcoming The Mismatch: Royal Australian Navy Maritime Constabulary 1955-2020, Defense and Security Analysis