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Mr Mark Ablong


Marc Ablong joined the Department of Defence in 1993 after an early career start in the finance and banking industry. During his time with Defence, Marc has held positions in capital equipment & acquisition policy, international policy, military strategy, maritime capability development, Air Force long-range planning, national support, information strategy and futures, strategic reform and strategic policy.

During the development of the 2009 Defence White Paper, Marc was Chief of Staff of the White Paper Team. He was responsible for the coordination of White Paper activities and the provision of strategic advice to the Principal Author.

From March to May 2016, Marc undertook the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.  In July 2016 Marc was appointed First Assistant Secretary Naval Shipbuilding Taskforce to lead the development and delivery of the National Shipbuilding Plan; and from 10 July 2017 concurrently held the role of First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy.

On 28 October 2017, Marc commenced in his current role as acting Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence.