Vice Admiral David Lance Johnston, AM graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1982 as a seaman officer, later specialising as a Principal Warfare Officer. His operational tours include serving as Commanding Officer of HMAS ADELAIDE (FFG 01) and HMAS NEWCASTLE (FFG 06). The latter command included deployment on Operation QUICKSTEP to Fiji in 2006.
His staff appointments include Command and Control specialist staff positions in Australian Defence Headquarters, Operations Manager at Sailors' Career Management and later as Director Joint Plans in Strategic Operations Division, where he developed the military response options for consideration by Government.
Vice Admiral Johnston was appointed Commander Border Protection Command in December 2011. As commander of the whole of government multi-agency organisation he was responsible for the security of Australia's maritime domain utilising resources from both the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Vice Admiral Johnston assumed the appointment of Chief of Joint Operations in May 2014. His current role is to plan, control and conduct military campaigns, operations, joint exercises and other activities in order to meet Australia's national objectives.
Vice Admiral Johnston is married and has two children. He holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the USN Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Australian Defence College, Weston Creek. He participated in the inaugural Australian Security Executive Development Program in 2009.